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Baharat: Make Your Own All-Purpose Middle Eastern Spice Blend

By Jan Buhrman

Baharat is the Arabic word for “spices.” Used throughout the Arab world as well as in Turkey and Greece, this mix of warm spices and cooling mint adds distinctive Middle Eastern flavor to all kinds of meat and vegetable dishes. Try it on chicken! It has no salt, pepper or chilis, so you can...

Jeweled Rice or Wedding Rice

By Jan Buhrman

Middle Eastern/West Asian cooking, specifically the Iranian culinary style, is unique to Iran but has naturally been influenced by neighboring regions at various stages throughout its history. Due to the fact that Iran was formerly known as Persia, cuisine from the region is alternately referred to as Iranian or Persian. When I serve this...

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