In yesterday's interview with Joan Nathan, the author mentioned that she collected the recipes for her book Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking from French folks. Here's a tasty one from Celine Bénitah, a woman who hails from the Algerian border of Morocco. Nathan wrote: "When Celine Bénitah cooks this dish, she blanches the olives for a minute to get rid of the bitterness, a step that I never bother with. If you keep the pits in, just warn your guests in order to avoid any broken teeth! Céline also uses the marvelous Moroccan spice mixture ras el hanout, which includes, among thirty other spices, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, cloves, and paprika. You can find it at Middle Eastern markets or through the Internet, or you can use equal amounts of the above spices or others that you like. To make my life easier, I assemble the spice rub the day before and marinate the chicken overnight. The next day, before my guests arrive, I fry the chicken and simmer it."
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