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Chefs in My Kitchen: Maili Halme Brocke Video

I recently hosted Chef Maili Halme Brocke in my kitchen for a lesson in preparing tempura-fried squash blossoms, and when we discovered there weren’t enough blossoms in my garden for the recipe, we gave stuffed basil leaves a try! They were delicious and a big hit with my guests. For more information and recipes take […]

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Maili’s Tempura-Fried Squash Blossoms

Chef Maili planned to teach us how to prepare her delectable tempura-fried squash blossoms. But when we went out to my garden to harvest the blossoms, we realized we weren’t going to find enough for the recipe. Maili spotted my abundant basil leaves, though, and immediately suggested that we give them a try. And, of course, her fried basil creation became the hit of the class.

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Maili’s Orzo Arugula Salad

Maili says that this recipe is very forgiving. You can toss in whatever you want, in whatever amounts, but the most important ingredient is the sautéed onions.

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Moroccan Zucchini Salad

In March, when Peggy Markel (http://www.peggymarkel.com) was cooking in my kitchen, she provided a bundle of Moroccan recipes that we never had time to try. This salad of zucchini and mint is a version I adapted from one of those recipes. It’s fresh and bright and a terrific side dish to a summer meal.

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Cocktail: Omar Sharif

We kicked off our cooking class with Peggy Markel by drinking this delicious cocktail named after the famed Doctor Zhivago actor Omar Sharif. The cinnamon adds an exotic touch. All the girls agreed that it tasted great, was really refreshing, and we were in such agreement that we decided we needed another round. You don’t […]

Moroccan Egg Dish

Holiday Egg Dish from Morocco

This is the most delicious egg dish! These ingredients might seem like unusual combinations but they are a marvel in your mouth. I can’t wait to serve it in the summer with freshly picked tomatoes from the garden. If you can get you’re your hands on some good tomatoes this spring (I just found some […]

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Chef Peggy Markel Q & A

Peggy Markel has an amazing repertoire of regional culinary expertise. Peggy lives part time in Colorado, then she travels the rest of the year to her cooking schools in Sicily, Tuscany and Morocco.  In addition to her classes, she leads culinary adventures in these regions.  Right now, Peggy is planning a sailboat excursion in the […]

Chefs in My Kitchen: Peggy Markel Video

When my friend, Chef Kim Schiffer, told me that Chef Peggy Markel was coming to town (Peggy has a cooking school in Morroco) I jumped at my chance to buy a Morrocan Tagine and learn from a master. Here’s a look at our recent Morrocan cooking lesson! See my recent posts Chicken Tajine with Lemons, […]

Chicken tagine with lemons, olives and coriander

Chicken Tagine with Lemons, Olives and Coriander

Here is Peggy’s recipe for her absolutely delicious chicken tagine with olives and coriander (cilantro). Don’t wait until you have Peggy in your kitchen to make this incredible dish. Peggy conveyed to us in the class that there are no mistakes when combining the ingredients in the tagine so don’t let that help you from creating this dish.