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RAS EL HANOUT

RAS EL HANOUT

MAKES 1/4 cup Ras el Hanout (sounds like rahss el HA-nooT) originated in North Africa thousands of years ago and can include up to 100 individual spices. Each vendor in the market declares his blend to be the best and holds his recipe as a closely-guarded secret. Some...
SUNSHINE SAUCE

SUNSHINE SAUCE

MAKES 2/3 cup It didn’t seem like a big deal to me to give up peanuts until I remembered the decadent deliciousness that is peanut sauce. Veggies dipped in peanut sauce. Grilled chicken satay dipped in peanut sauce. Shredded beef is wrapped in a butter lettuce leaf...
OLIVE OIL MAYO

OLIVE OIL MAYO

MAKES 1 ½ cups Lemony, light, silky, and luxurious, this mayo makes just about everything better. Indulge with a dollop of grilled meat, transform it into creamy salad dressing in a flash, or stir it into a can of tuna for instant salad. Mix up a batch every week in...
STEAM-SAUTÉED VEGGIES

STEAM-SAUTÉED VEGGIES

SERVES a lot Most days, I eat vegetables for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. That’s in the neighborhood of six or seven cups of veggies every day. Oh, there’s so much chopping and cooking! So once a week, I turn into a Veg-O-Matic and make it my mission to clean...
GARLIC-BROWNED GROUND MEAT

GARLIC-BROWNED GROUND MEAT

SERVES 6 to 8 A pan of freshly-browned ground meat is pure potential, a culinary blank canvas. Sometimes, the aroma is so tempting, I eat it just like that – with a spoon, from a bowl – so I can experience the pure meat-ness of it. Later, combined with vegetables and...