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What is a tagine, anyway? Well, it’s a Moroccan cooking pot, the ones you’ve seen with the conical tops, and it’s also the dish that is cooked in said pot. However, you can also cook a tagine in a covered casserole, a Dutch oven or a crockpot. It’s a long braise over low heat, with the ingredients on the bottom cooked in liquid, and those on top cooked with steam.

What I love most about Moroccan tagines are the spices that are used to flavor the dish. You may have heard about Ras El Hanout, a Moroccan spice blend made up of allspice, nutmeg, black pepper, mace, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, cumin, cloves, coriander, paprika, fenugreek and cayenne. Many of those I use in my baking, but in Moroccan cuisine, in they go with the meat, veggies and dried fruit. Oh, and the preserved lemons, saffron and olives.

Ooooh….the spices. You have to try this recipe. I made it in a casserole dish and covered it with aluminum foil, which worked perfectly. But I loved the finished dish so much that I went to Sur la Table and bought a real Moroccan tagine, conical hat and all. I am looking forward to making some chicken, lamb and beef stews, which I will be bringing to you in the near future.

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First the fish fillets are marinated in a mixture of olive oil, paprika, saffron, ground ginger, lemon juice and minced cilantro and parsley. The paprika and saffron color the marinade a deep rich red.

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The casserole is layered with carrots, sliced onions and tomato sauce, and baked until the carrots are soft. Next the fish fillets are laid on the vegetables, the marinade is poured over, olives are strewn about, and the fish topped with preserved lemon and the lemon slices. I used one slice per fillet, but I recommend two slices. They’re such a perfect addition to the whole flavor profile. Then the casserole is popped back in the oven to cook the fish and it is finished with a flurry of fresh cilantro. Oh man! Those Morrocan flavors are remarkable! So beautiful. Like a work of art.

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Three Bean Salad

by Lynne on June 17, 2015

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I think this is one of the best picnic and BBQ party salads of all time. It is one of those dishes that once you start eating it, you can’t stop, because there is something about that sweet vinegary garlicy flavor that is just addicting. It has soft beans, crunchy beans, celery and onions, plus a mess of herby basil and parsley. And it can travel and sit out without you worrying. We ate this salad all gone in about 10 minutes. Now I have to make another batch and maybe I’ll double it this time. You know how I love leftovers.

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Panuchos ~ Tortillas filled with Black Beans topped with Achiote Chicken, Avocado & Habanero Salsa

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These Panuchos have been on my bucket list of recipes for over three years. They were on the cover of the March 2012 issue of Sunset Magazine, and the minute I saw those beautiful colors, I was hooked. The Yucatan-style tostadas are the specialty of Chef Gilberto Cetina at his L.A. restaurant Chichen Itza and [...]

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Thumbprint Cookies with Pecans & Raspberry Jam

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Hi everyone! I have just been through a harrowing 2 weeks, which had nothing to do with food, cooking or my blog. But I thought you might be interested in knowing why I haven’t been posting for such a long time.
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Shrimp & Cheesy Grits with Bacon & Tomatoes

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It was once again time to go through the pantry and check all the expiration dates, resulting in a number of Bob’s Red Mill grains that I need to use up pretty soon. White rice flour, spelt berries, semolina flour, wheat germ and corn grits. Don’t you just love Bob’s Red Mill products? I [...]

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Pecorino Potato Pops with Smokey Chipotle Sauce

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This recipe has been a total inspiration for me. It’s little Duchesse potato bites with the spicy smokey dipping sauce would make a yummy hors d’oeuvre, but the flavor notes of Pecorino Romano cheese and smoky paprika would suggest a French or Italian menu to follow. So then I started imagining the dinner party these [...]

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Thai Curry Beef Stew

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If you had to guess how much liquid is in a spoonful of soup, what would you say? A teaspoon? Tablespoon? Well, when I eat this Thai Curry Beef Stew, I ask myself, how can so much flavor be contained in one little spoonful. How can there be such depth and complexity in that [...]

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Red Lentil, Carrot & Avocado Salad

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Do you ever go through your pantry and check all the expiration dates to see what you need to use up? Well, that’s how I happened to be making a red lentil salad. The weather was hot and I didn’t feel like soup, so salad it was. For me, there are three nice things about [...]

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Picadillo with Green Olives and Raisins

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The first time I ate Picadillo was in 1972. I had some neighbors from Costa Rica who invited me over for dinner, and served a diced potato and minced steak picadillo, sort of like hash. I didn’t know much about cooking back in those days, so my memory of dinner isn’t crystal clear. It was [...]

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Arepas ~ Venezuelan Corn Flour Flatbreads

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All of us, at one time or another, have had food made from ground corn, be it cornbread, corn tortillas, tortilla chips, tamales or polenta. In my pantry there is a new kid on the block called pre-cooked white maize meal or “harina de maiz blanco precocida”, which is what I used to make [...]

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Waldorf Turkey Salad

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Following Thanksgiving I had some great turkey leftovers. After the obligatory turkey, butter, salt and sourdough sandwich, which I look forward to every year, I needed to find something new and different to use them up. I also had a lot of celery left from making the stuffing. I had apples and pecans on hand. [...]

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Almond Fantasy Bar Cookies

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If you love almonds, these bars are going to light your fire. Seriously. They have the most saturated almond flavor of any food item I have ever encountered. That is why I called them Almond Fantasy, because they are beyond reality, beyond any other everyday almond flavored thing you have ever eaten. They are made [...]

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Arañitas con Mojo de Ajo ~ Shredded Green Plantain Fritters with Garlic Onion Sauce

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When green plantains started showing up at my grocery store about 10 years ago, I was totally fascinated. I had no idea what they were, except they looked a lot like green bananas. Then I happened to eat dinner in my local Cuban restaurant, and fried plantains were part of the accompaniment for the pork [...]

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Top 10 Recipes of 2014 ~ Reader’s Choice Awards

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Happy New Year Everyone! I hope 2014 was as great a year for you as it was for me and Cook & Be Merry. For everyone who visited my blog, Thank You. And to all my great commenters, you are the absolute best! You make my day and make my blog so much more [...]

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Grasshopper Cream Cheese Pie

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Happy Holidays everyone! Thank you so much for all your visits and comments over the past year. They have meant so much to me. You are the best! I hope you have great times with your family and friends this coming week, and of course, wonderful food. That’s what life is all about, right? Delicious [...]

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