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Rice Pilaf -You’ll go nuts for this ancient dish August 10, 2017

Posted by Bravado Cooking for Men in Classic Middle Eastern Dishes, Classic Rice Dishes.
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 Before we start today, we need to have a talk. I know that some of you are reading these great articles, but you are not actually trying some of the fantastic recipes.  This has got to stop.  Go no further unless you are committed to cooking rather than just reading.  I say this because the recipe that I am going to share with you today is so good that it will bring tears to your eyes.

If you’re Greek, Armenian, Turkish, Iranian, Afghani or Azerbaijani, you already know about this great dish – it is part of your national tradition.  If you’re Brazilian or Spanish, you eat versions like Pilau and Paella.  Most of you have had it in restaurants, but you have probably not paid attention.  This magical dish that we are going to talk about today is Rice Pilaf.  Forget the little boxes that you can buy in the store.  Make Rice Pilaf from scratch at home and it will be like the day you first tried garage door opener, or something. (more…)

The Best Hummus Ever November 14, 2015

Posted by Bravado Cooking for Men in Classic Appetizers, Classic Middle Eastern Dishes.
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Hummus with parsley and cumin

Hummus with parsley and cumin

Hummus has become ubiquitous in the U.S. in recent years. However, you have never tasted a hummus as good as this one. It has one special ingredient – cumin – that makes all the difference. (more…)

Stuck Pot Rice – A Middle Eastern Classic December 18, 2013

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Stuck Pot Rice

Stuck Pot Rice

This is a great dish from Central Asia and has a thousand variations.  It is a wonderfully showy dish for the holidays and makes a great addition to any meal.   Mark Bittman has a number of suggestions in his great book “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian”.   This is my own version and it shows promise.  At a recent dinner party, it was gobbled up. (more…)

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