Harissa – A Spicy, Versatile North African Sauce

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Harissa
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Cynthia Ann Miller is a respected Hinsdale, IL, attorney, who represents clients in commercial and residential real estate transactions. Her activities as attorney extend to litigation related to foreclosures and declaratory judgements. Passionate about food, Cynthia Ann Miller has experience attending culinary school and is an avid traveler who has visited parts of the Middle East.

A varied cuisine reflecting a multitude of ethnic traditions, North African cooking has a distinct flavor profile that includes harissa, a chili pepper paste made of hot and sweet peppers. Combined with coriander, garlic, and cumin, the sauce typically accompanies stews, couscous, and flat breads.

Harissa also works as a rub and can be combined with yogurt to marinate chicken and other meats. A simple vegetable mix of squash and onions also benefits from harissa, with the addition of olive oil. Roasted together in the oven, the chicken and vegetables can be served with couscous and yogurt for a flavorful, healthful combination.

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