963. Vineleaf Meat Kofta

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I seem to have mentioned before that I find family recipes unbeatable. They are tried and true, and stuck around for good reason. This vineleaf wrapped kofta is baked in a flavorsome broth, and can be served with bread or rice. All in all, it is a simple and delicious dish feeding four people, and can easily be doubled as needed. Continue reading “963. Vineleaf Meat Kofta”

962. Stone Baked Bread

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By far my favorite bread to make at home is the no-knead overnight artisan bread (and its many variations), and the wholewheat loaf. The classic overnight artisan bread boule is baked in a dutch oven, simply meaning a heavy metal oven-safe pot and lid. This stone baked bread uses exactly the same recipe as the artisan, but is just baked differently. The result was very different. Continue reading “962. Stone Baked Bread”

961. Iraqi Fresh Herb Platter

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On these hot and sticky Summer days, sometimes it is a good idea to make a light and refreshing no-cook meal. This fresh herb platter fills thee spot. Luscious fresh herbs and greens of choice (including crunchy radish), and bread are great on their own already. But when you add some cheese and nuts? It goes just beyond. Continue reading “961. Iraqi Fresh Herb Platter”

959. Chicken Toast Rolls

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This is an innovative recipe hailing from Manal Alem’s Ramadan 1437 series. It is a wholesome dish, using modern conveniences to create a simple yet comforting main dish. Sliced sandwich bread is rolled out thinly before being stuffed with a creamy chicken filling and rolled up. The decadent cream sauce makes for a golden cheesy crust and is the crowning jewel. Continue reading “959. Chicken Toast Rolls”

957. Strawberry Jelly Cheesecake

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This was a fun cake to make, and even more fun to serve and eat. The “crust” of this cheesecake is the only thing baked. It is in fact a slim cake layer, which is then topped with a cream cheese-gelatin mixture. While that is left to set, fresh strawberries are hulled and halved, to prepare for the jello crown. Continue reading “957. Strawberry Jelly Cheesecake”

956. Kebab Maajooqa: Mushroom and Cheese Stuffed Kofta

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I loved this Halabi Kebab Maajooqa (كباب معجوقة الحلبي), being a kofta presented in an almost kubba appearance. The meat makes for the thinnest of shells encompassing a molten volcano lava filling of meaty sauteed mushroom, copious parsley, and lashings of mozzarella cheese. Continue reading “956. Kebab Maajooqa: Mushroom and Cheese Stuffed Kofta”

954. Black Beast Chocolate Torte

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This is one of the few examples where flourless does not signify deprivation of goodiness. Quite the contrary. The absence of flour in this torte makes it off-the-charts decadent, with an acute chocolatiness, all accentuated much more so with the mascarpone frosting. Do not skip the fresh berries as this gives a much needed fresh balance against the dense decadent chocolate. Continue reading “954. Black Beast Chocolate Torte”