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    I'm just mad about Saffron, Saffron's mad about me

    [Cover photo by Varsha.] Saffron, sold as either threads or powder, has a pungent, slightly bittersweet taste, which is quite intense, so that very little is needed in cooking. This is lucky because it is the world's most expensive spice (over $200 per ounce). There are several reasons for this: saffron threads are the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus, each of which contains only three threads; the threads must be picked by hand; more than 75,000 flowers are required just to produce 1 lb of saffron filaments; and it has a relatively brief autumn harvesting season. Saffron is grown mainly in Iran and Spain and, in smaller amounts, in Greece, Italy, Turkey and India (the saffron of Kashmir, the most prized of all, is now mostly unavailable in the West). Most saffron sold in the U.S. is from Spain. Because so little is used in a dish, it is important that saffron be well distributed throughout the dish. The spice may simply be crumbled into sauces and soups. For other dishes, it works better to first dissolve the saffron in a small amount of liquid such as water or stock and then add to the dish. It can also be toasted before using. A pinch of saffron (1 pinch = 1/8 tsp) contains about 20 threads, and 1/2 tsp threads = 1/4 tsp saffron powder. Like most seasonings, the flavor of saffron diminishes over time, but if stored in a container with a tight lid in a cool, dry place it will keep at least 3 years; threads retain their flavor longer than powder.
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    2 Reviews |  By Lennie

    I haven't cooked this recipe (I've had it though), but found a postcard tucked in a cookbook with the recipe on it; I got the postcard when I dined at The Cannery in Vancouver BC back in 1979. I don't even know if the restaurant is still there! We had these as an appetizer then, but it could also be a main course for 2.

    Recipe #23336

    Chicken like you have never tasted before. Found in a 16th Century "Cookbook". Different types of honey will produce variations in taste. Best if served with plain boiled rice.

    Recipe #23914

    This is a wonderfully flavorful meal. Chicken or pork may be substituted for the seafood, or try a "mixed" paella, with a little of each!

    Recipe #31480

    This is a unique appetizer and may be mixed on a platter with other appetizers. I usually spear a couple of raisins and an onion on a toothpick. If mixed in with other veggies or hors d'oeuvres there are enough for 10-12 people. The onions should be well chilled before serving

    Recipe #38071

    27 Reviews |  By chia

    i saw this recipe in bon appetit, it sounds like a soup i had recently, and couldn't believe it was cauliflower

    Recipe #48463

    In Morocco, this dish is known as Pastilla and is traditionally made with pigeon meat but chicken works equally well. The flaky layers of pastry, tender meat and sugar-cinnamon topping make a delightful combination. If you want to make this for a dinner party, just prepare it ahead of time, then freeze until a few hours before you need to serve it.

    Recipe #52070

    3 Reviews |  By chia

    tagines have a sweet and savory flavor, and this one tastes wonderful with israeli couscous

    Recipe #55311

    10 Reviews |  By PanNan

    A very flavorful and attractive dish. So easy if you have a large ovenproof skillet. Just transfer the whole thing from stove top to oven.

    Recipe #60320

    Another one of my Canary recipes...this works well with any kind of white fish. Cook time is per batch.

    Recipe #67427

    In response to a recipe request.

    Recipe #82976

    A recipe from my Great Aunt's collection. This is one she clipped out of the paper, probably the Chicago Tribune. This contains some unusual ingredients - in particular saffron and ground coriander, and the recipe also calls for steeping a bundle of herbs in the sauce as it cooks. If saffron is too costly, you can substitute dried safflower or just leave it out. Makes 3 cups sauce.

    Recipe #96918

    I found this recipe in Southern Living years ago and have made it often. It's especially good when people come for dinner: quick, easy, great flavor and looks nice on a serving platter. The original recipe calls for a jar of marinated artichoke hearts, drained, but I prefer a can of plain artichoke hearts. The recipe only serves two, be sure to double or triple as needed.

    Recipe #107742

    5 Reviews |  By Rita~

    Fennel also known as Anise because of it 's taste. Like celery, it is filling and yet very low in calories, so that it provides an excellent snack food for those watching their weight. Baking brings out a nice sweetness.

    Recipe #120273

    This dish is very similar to the "chicken, rice, and spices" recipe I have on recipezaar but the changes made/added to it make it an authentic dish that is served in the United Arab Emirates. My husband who is from there and also many other locals from there eat this with ketchup. I thought that seemed weird at first but but then again I love the Japanese fried rice with ketchup and egg called omu-rice that is comfort food for Japanese children so I tried it and it is really good!! the dried limes called "loomi" in this recipe can be found at most middle eastern stores. It is important in this recipe. This is usually cooked all in a large pot on a stovetop but basmati rice is not easy to cook just perfect like that. In the oven it is almost impossible to fail at this recipe :D --if you want to increase/decrease this dish the broth is always double the amount of rice you use. If increasing, let it bake in the oven just a tad bit longer.

    Recipe #126040

    Its very tasty! The more the number of delights you eat, the more you begin to love it! Its very nutritious too!

    Recipe #8786

    This is one of the most amazing dishes I've ever eaten. Rich and savory!

    Recipe #8938

    12 Reviews |  By Mirj

    This is a great vegan dish. You can make it dairy by substituting the soy cheese with a good Edam.

    Recipe #13352

    13 Reviews |  By Mirj

    This smells heavenly as it cooks. You can add more garlic if you like.

    Recipe #16642

    I found this recipe in the paper and it sounds delicious - have to make some preserved lemons before I can make it though. I love all the ingredients.

    Recipe #19673

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