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Moroccan Fish

Moroccan Fish

Rachel’s Moroccan Fish 3 lbs of branzino, fileted and cut into 8 pieces 1/4 teaspoon salt, for salting fish 1/4 cup of olive oil 4 to 6 garlic cloves, finely sliced 1 tablespoon cumin 1 tablespoon sweet paprika 1 teaspoon salt, for sauce 1 teaspoon white pepper 1 red pepper, sliced in long thin strips …

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Am Yisrael Chai Falafel Fest

Am Yisrael Chai Falafel Fest Is any Israeli Independence Day celebration complete without falafel? Well, not for Israelis who celebrate with a “mangal,” a Middle  Eastern-style outdoor grilling feast. But for us, no food is more Israeli than the golden falafel. During our last visit to Israel, the most memorable, most delicious, most reminisced-about meal …

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Tortilla de Patata

Tortilla de Patata

Rachel’s Tortilla de Patata 1 large onion, finely diced 8  large Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered 1 dozen eggs 1 bunch fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped 1 tablespoon turmeric Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1/2 cup vegetable oil, for frying Squeeze of lemon, for serving Boil potatoes and coarsely  mash, leaving a few …

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The Mediterranean Sunshine in a Jar that Boosts Immune System

The Mediterranean Sunshine in a Jar that Boosts Immune System Our group of young friends was enjoying Shabbat lunch alfresco. Rachel was a newlywed and already proving to be an amazing cook and hostess. I still remember taking a bite of her Israeli salad and thinking, “What is that incredible flavor?” The citrus tang was …

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Sunny-Side Up: Egg Recipes Packed With Sephardic Flavor

Sunny-Side Up: Egg Recipes Packed With Sephardic Flavor   There’s nothing more delicious than eggs enhanced with sautéed onions, bright green herbs and fresh vegetables. Moroccan megina, Tunisian ma’akoud, Spanish tortilla, Persian ku’kuu, Iraqi aj’a, frittata. Whatever you call it, there’s nothing more delicious than eggs enhanced with sautéed onions, bright green herbs and fresh …

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Recipes for Mimouna – The Moroccan Celebration of Spring

Mimouna is the joyous Moroccan celebration of springtime, friends, family and good fortune. Marking the end of Passover and the beginning of the agricultural season, the doors of people’s homes are thrown wide open and everyone is greeted with the Judeo-Arabic blessing “Tirbah u’tissad,” may you prosper and succeed. The mimouna table overflows with sweet …

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Yemenite Soup: How to Make a Great Comfort Food

Many years ago, there was an authentic Yemenite restaurant on Pico Boulevard. At the Magic Carpet, you could order the crispiest malawach, the freshest salads and the spiciest s’chug. Recently, we were reminiscing about the delicious Yemenite soup the restaurant served and how it was the thing we craved the most when we were pregnant …

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Shabbat Stew Two Ways: Moroccan Dafina and Iraqi T’bit

In the five years that SEC FOOD (a project of the Sephardic Educational Center) has been featured on Facebook, our posts on Moroccan Dafina (meaning “covered”) and Iraqi T’bit (meaning “of the house”) have elicited the most likes, comments and shares. There’s something about the smell and taste of these Shabbat hamins that evoke love, memory and sentiment. Sheff’s family …

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Spicy Fish Chowder

1/4 cup olive oil1 large onion, diced4 garlic cloves, chopped6 celery stalks, finely chopped 1 green bell pepper, diced1 yellow bell pepper, diced3 cups shredded green cabbage 3 medium zucchini, diced2 teaspoons salt1 teaspoon pepper2 14 ounce cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes1/2 cup white wine (can substitute with 2 tablespoons of wine vinegar)2 tablespoons tomato paste6 …

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