This recipe first appeared in Vegetarian Times magazine. A hearty, rich and filling combination of beans and hominy in a mole laced broth, it looks like a certain crowd pleaser. Have not tried it yet but plan to do soon very soon. Submitted for 'Zaar World Tour.
Peppers grown in abundance throughout the Mediterranean. This salad from Tunisia and Morroco uses them to their best advantage with roasting - a preparation that heightens their natural sweetness. You can serve this as a first course salad or the centerpiece of a lunch or light dinner.
A tagine is a Moroccan clay pot used for long slow cooking or braising of succulent stews most often served with couscous. This is an Americanized version of a typical dish that one can easily prepare at home. I love the sweet and spicy contrast found in many dishes from this region and often add a bit of harissa.
As we head towards the last weeks of the Zaar World Tour, I've been looking for Greek dishes that I plan to make in the near future. Lots of garlic and other good spices, this looks like a certain winner to me. As a one dish meal, it works well as a midweek meal and be suitable for reheating leftovers. If you omit the feta, this dish is suitable for the WW Core Program or you can easily count the points.
Tired of the same old sweet potatoes? Ready to skip another sugary, marshmallow side at your holiday table? So am I. :-) Found this while scanning magazines at a neighbors and quickly scribbled it down. The combination of dweet and savory additions look to enhance, not mask, the wonderful flavors of the under appreciated sweet potato. This will be gracing our holiday table next year and will likely make an appearance before then. Soon to be at a table at your house? Hope so.
While visiting Los Angeles, I found this recipe on a card that you can pick up at the local grocers. This particular combination of meat and fruit had me intrigued so I brought it back for use at some later point. Filet mignon is pricey so this is certainly a special occasion food. Planning to serve it with roasted potatoes and maybe some nice asparagus.
Recently in the mood to make oatmeal cookies and was pleasantly surprised to find a recipe that used reduced fat margarine or butter. Adapted to suit my tastes, this cookie is soft and moist. For a crisper cookie bake at 325 degrees. Just know they won't stay crispy for more than a day, if they last that long.
I love lentils for their versatility. Found this recipe in an old Cooking Light magazine and was taken by this unconventional treatment. Though I have not tried this one, I'm making it public now for all my Zaar buddies. Will update after trying it out.
Rumor has it that the second Zaar World Tour is starting soon and I'm quickly trying to post recipes in preparation for the next international eat-a-thon (Hee hee). Not sure if you would consider this more Spanish or Mexican. For those not familiar, Manchego cheese is a golden sheep's milk cheese native to Spain which comes in three forms based on aging. For this recipe, the two younger varieties would work best. Be sure to use a cured (not fresh) chorizo. You can make these using full sized tortillas or on tiny ones for a delicious appetizer. (10/18: I have updated the directions to make this a bit clearer.)
Borrowing the layering of flavors and spice combinations from North Africa, this vegetarian stew is simple, economical and delicious. Partially cooking the lentils ahead gives them an extra flavor base making it well worth the effort.
Rich and fruity this three layer bar is sinfully good. A soft cake-like coconut cookie base topped with an apricot and pineapple layer covered with a crumbly coconut crisp topping. Even better using a yellow cake mix makes it easy. (Since the end of RSC on March 20, I have updated the directions a bit to reflect the helpful feedback provided.)
Although there are several recipes for Cajun flavored popcorn posted, this fiery blend has a unique combination of spices. Use this on your favorite popcorn popped in a microwave, on the stove or using popcorn popper. You will need a little moisture to get the spices to adhere, the choice (butter, margarine or a low calorie butter substitute) is yours. Store the spice in a air-tight container as you would other spice blends.
I love tamale pie but as a solo chef rarely make it. Found this recipe to be the perfect solution and it will easily double for larger families. The tamale topping on this is light and fluffy and complements the hearty beef filling underneath.
I just love the aromatics and flavors of Indian food. Unfortunately, many establishments prepare dishes with generous amounts of ghee or clarified butter, an unwelcome addition for those who are watching their caloric or cholesterol intake. Not wanting to give up the lovely flavors, I’ve begun to delve into recipes that allow me to prepare my favorite dishes at home. Paneer is easy to prepare and is a staple in many Indian dishes, especially vegetarian entrees and appetizers.
Serious comfort food here. Well seasoned chicken with tender, carmelized onions and plaintains. I like to remove the skin after cooking, not before, in order to keep the chicken moist during baking. While we prefer breasts and thighs, you can use whichever pieces you prefer. I've done some minor revisions to this recipe from Canadian Living.
Found this in a stack of clippings and can't quite figure out where it came from - New York Times perhaps. The combination of ingredients looks just wonderful to me and I'm keeping it safe here before I lose it.
Recently enjoyed my first meal at a local South African restaurant here in Brooklyn. There we enjoyed this fabulous side dish - a spicy revamped rendition of baked beans. Of course, this sent me in search of a recipe to prepare at home. Found this one on the Internet and plan to try it soon. The original called for three times the amount of oil but I plan to make it as presented.