Saturday Sale: Taste of Home

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Taste of Home (http://www.shoptasteofhome.com/Show-All/CLR_SHA,default,sc.html?psortb1=price-sort&psortd1=1&sz=59) has a great sale right now. They have cookbooks that start as low as $2.99. They also have measuring spoons and more kitchen items for under $5.00

Shipping is $1 flat rate with the code 2046P.


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Traditional Middle Eastern Breakfast MEZZA

Healthy Living

How many times have you heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day?? A good breakfast provides the nutrients needed to start your day off right. In addition, studies show that children who eat a good breakfast, do better in school than children who do not. Studies also demonstrate that adults who eat breakfast weigh less than those who do not. 
  
Breakfast is definitely the most relaxed and important meal of the day in the Middle Eastern culture. It is often, even the tastiest!!! 
 
My friend Kim, http://inspiredbythemediterranean.blogspot.com/, suggested that we at Suzy Eats discuss traditional Middle Eastern breakfast foods.  
 Breakfast is usually made up of a MEZZA or “mix” of different dishes.
  
A typical meal is listed below and typically includes at least 5 of these items (pita bread is a must)!
  • Fresh baked Pita Bread
  • Hummus
  • Baba Ghannoush
  • Foul Maddamas
  • Falafel
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Mortadella
  • Labna
  • Feta or white cheese made from goat milk
  • Bowl of Olives, black and green
  • Bowl of turnips and pickles
  • Olive Oil for drizzling over foods
  • Tomato Wedges and cucumber slices
  • Zaatar or Thyme
  • Fresh Jams with only natural sugars
  • Tea or Arabic Coffee

Traditionally speaking all of these foods are eaten as dips with pita bread or with your hand. Utensils are usually not put on the table at breakfast. Some people even use the chunks of cheese as a substitute for bread and spread items such as hummus on it.

Most of these recipes have been listed on Suzy Eats; others are coming. If you would like a more detail, please send me an email (suzy@suzyeats.com). 

 


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GIVEAWAY: The Middle Eastern Cookbook Ends Tomorrow

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The Middle Eastern Cookbook Giveaway Ends tomorrow. Click here for a chance to enter: http://suzyeats.com/the-middle-eastern-cookbook-giveaway/

Good luck!!!


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“Maklooba”: Upside-Down Mediterranean Chicken, Veggies, Pinenuts and Rice

Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large eggplant, sliced
  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 large potato, sliced
  • 1 lb chicken (you can use any parts of the chicken, beef or lamb)
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube (I use Maggi brand)
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • water
  • cinnammon
  • allspice
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • parsley or pine nuts for garnish (optional)

How to:

1. Soak the basmati rice in water for ~30 minutes. (I usually soak it while I am fying the veggies).

2. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan.

3. Add the eggplant (~2 1/2 cups), 1 teaspoon garlic, 1/2 tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and fry the eggplant.

4. Remove and place onto a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
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The Cure For Dry Feet and Snoring: Other Olive Oil Uses

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Olive oil is more than just a food staple in the Mediterranean diet.  We know that it can help promote “good” cholesterol (HDL) and lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL). It may also help your stomach and prevent ulcers or gallstone. Olive oil is loaded in antioxidants and may help prevent both cancer and heart disease. But did you know that it actually has numerous other practice uses??  It is probably best to use a cheaper low-grade olive oil for most of these uses:-)

1. Dry Skin: Olive oil is an excellent skin moisturizer since it contains linoleic acid, a compound not made by the body, which prevents water from evaporating. Eating olive oil can promote healthy skin, but applying it to your skin may be even better. Some people even add a small amount of olive oil to their bath.  Because olive oil contains numerous antioxidants it may also help neutralize free radicals that cause skin cancer and aging.  Olive oil is also used during shaving or as an aftershave.  It may also be applying to dry lips or nail cuticles. If you have dry, cracked heels and are looking for a cure…olive oil is the answer. Apply it to your feet at night Read the rest of this entry »


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