Dukkah Spice Crusted Wild Striper Fillets with a Date Caper Brown Butter Emulsion or “Sauce Proposal”

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Dukkah/Duqqa/Du’ah (dook-ah) is an Egyptian spice mixture containing a variety of spices and ground nuts. In Egypt, it’s usually used along with bread and oil. A piece of bread is first dipped in oil, then in a bowl of dukkah. It’s also used to crust meat and fish. Spice markets sell small paper cones of dukkah, and it varies from vendor to vendor. Typical mixes contain cumin, caraway seed, and … [Read more...]

Julie Gracie’s Sumac Rabbit Stew

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Thanks to Julie Gracie for giving me yet another one of her fabulous recipes!! This one uses a Middle Eastern spice called "sumac" along with rabbit!! You can also substitute squirrel for rabbit.  Sumac can be found in most grocery stores in the spice aisle.   Sumac is a flowering plant that is grown in subtropical regions throughout the world.  The shrubs or small trees produce … [Read more...]

Kufta (kofta) with Tzatziki

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We're going to the Middle East with Meat on a Stick Monday! I love the spices and flavors of the Middle East. With so many countries in close proximity to each other there is an overlap of cuisine. Kufta (or kofta) are little meatballs or meatloaves skewered and cooked over an open fire. Many Middle Eastern countries have their own variation of them. Greece, Iran, Israel, Turkey, Pakistan, and … [Read more...]