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Mongolian Stir-Fried Lamb with Cumin

Dry-style stir-fried lamb is a Northern Chinese dish originating in Mongolia. It's primary flavor comes from cumin, soy sauce, and Sichuan peppercorns. It's musky, hot, and well, awesome. That it doesn't have a sauce makes it once of the quickest, easiest stir-fries to prepare at home. It works equally well with beef. More

Healthy & Delicious: Scallion Scrambled Eggs with Cumin

Scallion Scrambled Eggs with Cumin, an Iranian-inspired meal from Faye Levy's Feast from the Middle East comes together in about 15 minutes, chopping included, and is a nice twist on standard scrambled eggs. Health-wise, it's far from a low-fat dish, but that's okay. Healthy food need not be low-fat food, especially when it's packed with protein and produce like this. More

Dinner Tonight: Moroccan Spinach and Chickpeas

I had assumed that the mixture of spinach and chickpeas was solely an Indian combination. The creaminess of the spinach is a perfect match for the hearty chickpeas, and with the addition of a few spices, it could turn into a satisfying full meal. Well, it turns that if you change some of those spices and add an interesting new thickener, you can end up in Morocco with a completely new dish. It's kind of astonishing. More

Spice Hunting: Cumin

After black pepper, cumin is the most-used spice on Earth. A flower related to parsley originating around Egypt (spices have weird family trees), it's followed people around wherever they go. Cumin has an unmistakable flavor: it tastes earthy, musky, gamey, and spicy. Cumin complements chiles beautifully, bringing additional heat to a dish while balancing their fruitiness. And for those who want great flavor but can't handle much spiciness, cumin offers much more flavor and aroma for its heat than many chiles. More

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