Grabbing the Gusto

Deirdre Reid – Freelance Writer & Home Cook

Charmoula is the salsa verde of Morocco. Or you could think of it as the pesto of Morocco. Or the chimichurri of Morocco. Ok, I’ll stop now. The recipe for this bright, bold sauce or paste vary by chef, home cook and region of North Africa. If you do a search on “charmoula” or “chermoula,” …

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This chickpea salad features roasted red bell peppers, toasted pita, cucumbers, walnuts, raisins and capers with a spicy, herby, bold dressing. ~~~ Charmoula (or chermoula) is the star of this chickpea salad. According to NPR: “Born in Morocco, chermoula is a blend of spices like coriander and cumin along with fresh chilies, giving it a …

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A tasty dinner of shrimp and asparagus roasted with black garlic and lemon—the perfect choice when you’re low on time. ~~~ My brother from another mother is a black garlic fiend. Some even know him as Black Garlic Man. I can’t blame him. Black garlic is pretty darn tasty—lots of flavor yet much more mild, …

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A quick side dish that will even have your Brussels sprouts haters seeing the light. After all, how can you go wrong with bacon, onion, mushroom and red bell pepper? ~~~ Some dishes I take for granted, like this one. It’s pretty flexible. If you’re out of one thing, substitute something else. But, you really …

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Homemade balsamic vinaigrette isn’t as sickening sweet as store-bought salad dressing and is really easy to make yourself. ~~~ I no longer buy salad dressing for myself because I’m making my own. I have three in my rotation: thousand island, northern Italian and this balsamic vinaigrette. You can find hundreds of recipes for balsamic vinaigrette …

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