Today's Special: Spice up your life with this Moroccan squash and chickpea soup
It’s rare to find a dish that isn’t a little better with a spice or spice blend added to the preparation. Stock your pantry with a spice selection and pretty much anything you cook will taste better, whether we’re talking grilled chicken or crispy roasted potatoes.Ras el hanout, a complex, aromatic spice blend that’s associated with Moroccan cuisine, is one I like to have on my spice rack. While most recipes for it include cumin, coriander, cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, various peppers, and turmeric, no two versions of this spice blend are the same. The mixture of spices varies from regi...
Don't know what to do with all that fresh produce? Make a chilled summertime soup
This is the best time of the year for people who cook. Also, for people who eat.The fields are laden with produce. Vegetables and fruit hang heavy from every leafy branch. Goodness is fresh and abundant.And with the sun blazing down on us like a broiler, the key is to enjoy all of this wonderful produce and cool down at the same time.That is where chilled summertime soups come into play. Refreshing and crisp and just a little unusual, cold soups make the best of what summer has to offer.To get some relief from the heat, I made five summertime soups. Each took full advantage of the harvest: avo...
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