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THE INDOMITABLE AND TRENDY KALE

KALE AND SAUSAGE CROSTINI

Oh kale, I love thee, let me count the ways. Kale, the veggie titan that’s killing it in every Farmer’s Market and produce department. Thousands of pounds are consumed and purchased worldwide, as it’s the trendiest and most hyped leafy green on the veggie Vogue parade in recent years. Once unappealing and certainly given the bypass, it’s now the number one contender and much revered by all. Packing a big wallop nutritionally, it’s a giant among veggies, as it’s brimming…

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EN PAPILLOTE – EASY PREP, LITTLE CALORIES

COD EN PAPILLOTE

We are in the throwback era, where most everything is getting a much-needed makeover, not just with hairstyles, movies, fashion and décor. Food archives are being ransacked and en papillote (cooking in a pouch) is now getting its spotlight. En papillote’s claim to fame arrived when it was introduced during the era of French Haute Cuisine, where meals were presented with élan and panache. An envelope looking pouch was placed on a plate with much pomp and ceremony allowing the clientele to…

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OSSO BUCO WITH CITRUS GREMOLATA

OSSO BUCO

So, what are you going to cook this weekend? Why not make this Italian classic originating from the Lombardy region? Osso Buco is an outrageously sumptuous and hearty dish that literately means “hollow bones or bones with holes”. The meaning is rather incongruous considering it’s famously known and mostly consumed for the velvety rich marrow in the bones, which is the dish’s crowning glory. With these veal shanks, try to have the butcher leave the skin on, as the long…

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THE SEXY CHIC THIGH

coconut curry thighs

A lot has been said when it comes to chicken. Endless discussions about its lackluster qualities. Who ever said chicken was boring, must still be pondering how can it get to the other side? Considering the million preparations and techniques, with deep-rooted dishes going through a much-needed revival and new imaginative takes thrown in for good measure, chicken is the 13thwonder of the gastronomic world when given some TLC, because it’s a blank canvas. Sure, you can slap it on…

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THIGHS WITH LEMON AND CASTELVETRANO OLIVES

chicken with lemon and olives

There is almost a poetic overtone for this dish. The colors are spectacular, and the flavors imparted from the brininess of the olives and the tart acidity of the lemons create a match made in heaven. The olives from Castelvetrano, Sicily are the most ubiquitous snack in Italy. They differ from other olives because they are a sweeter, very meaty and have almost a buttery flavor, which are ideal for this dish, so they don’t impart too much sodium. Ensure…

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CHICKEN SOFRITO

CHICKEN SOFRITO

This is a recipe made popular by nomadic shepherds and Palestinian villagers, where people had limited means and it’s the true essence of a rustic dish. It delivers the indigenous and a quintessential flavors of Jerusalem and though simple in flavor, it is one on of the most exquisite chicken dishes I’ve ever tasted and prepared. The dish calls for a whole chicken, but it can easily be substituted with thighs. Not be confused with the sofrito associated with Spain…

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SLOW COOKER MOROCCAN CHICKEN THIGHS

MOROCCAN CHICKEN THIGHS

Typically, the slow cooker isn’t one of my go to methods of food preparation, as I find I require a bit more of a stimuli and challenge in the kitchen. Chili or a beef stew are the usual contenders to set it and forget it. However, for this dish, the slow cooker renders an outstanding dish infused with authentic Moroccan overtones, so captivating that it’ll make you think it’s been prepared in a Tagine and you are eating al-fresco in…

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MEDITERRANEAN ASIAN SPICED RUBBED CHICKEN THIGHS

MEDITERRANEAN ASIAN SPICED CHICKEN THIGHS

Memory fails as to where I obtained this take, but it’s been one of my go-to thigh recipes. The preparation yields the most succulent rendition with an intoxicating aroma permeating while cooking, due to the uncommon spice mixture. Here, aleppo pepper, Szechuan peppercorns, coriander seeds, star anise and subsequently herbs are showcased mixing Mediterranean with a definite Pan-Asian twist.   PREHEAT OVEN TO 350F 8-10 bone-in chicken thighs – remove from fridge at least 1 hour before cooking 1 TSP…

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BASIC HUMMUS – LEBANESE HUMMUS BI TAHINI

Lebanese Hummus

Hummus authorities will tell you it’s truly calamitous to use canned chickpeas.  Still, when time constraints thwarts the lengthy preparation, it’s a precipitous way of creating Hummus in a hurry.  It may be a desecration of the Hummus Laws of the Universe, but you still get a pretty decent dip in my opinion, way better than any store bought.  So, venture gently into the Hummus world, and know it’s fine to use the shortcut.  Fair warning however, once you make…

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