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Mortadella, Aleppo-style

I wanted to try this recipe for a simple reason: I normally hate mortadella, or at least the cold cut sold in stores and sliced to order. I was curious to see if I’d like it homemade. I picked two recipes and techniques and meshed them then added my little touch, but mostly relied on Chef Marlene Mattar’s instructions and...
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Kibbeh Zengliyeh

I was immediately intrigued by this kibbeh, when it was described by Florence Ollivry in her fascinating book Les Secrets d’Alep (Aleppo’s Secrets); I had never even heard of it, even though the many kibbeh from Aleppo were well-known in foodie circles here in Lebanon. Ollivry described it as a vegan kibbeh served with grape syrup as a dip. I...
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Kalam Polo

I first tasted kalam polo in Shiraz, where I was told it is the specialty of the city. Normally, I am not a big fan of cooked cabbage, but here it is light, fragrant with turmeric, saffron, cumin and it blends perfectly with the rice and meat. The pilaf is refined and just delicious. I ordered it at an art...
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