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How do you, Dukkah?

Dukkah is a blend of nuts, seeds, and spices with roots in Egyptian cuisine. There are no rules about exactly what goes into the mix, and different families and restaurants are known to add their own “secret” ingredients. Sesame seeds and coriander appear to be mainstays.

No time to make? Dukkah can be found pre-made in several stores. Our favorite pre-made mix is from Trader Joes.

1/3 cup Almonds
1/2 cup Sesame Seeds
1/4 cup Fennel Seeds
1/2 cup Coriander Seeds
1/4 cup Anise Seeds
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Roast nuts and seeds separately. Spread almonds and seeds out on separate baking trays. Bake the seeds for 2-5 minutes until the sesame seeds are golden and the spices are aromatic. Bake the almonds for 10 minutes until golden. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
3. Place the almonds, spices, and salt in the bowl of a small food processor. Pulse the machine until the almonds are coarsely chopped. Do not over grind.
4. Serve Dukkah accompanied with a bowl of good extra virgin olive oil and crusty bread for dipping.
5. Nut alternates: Replace almonds with an equal amount of roasted hazelnuts, with the skins removed or try pistachios, (shells removed, of course).

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Peach and Fig Croustades

Peach and Fig Croustades

1/4 cup rum
1/4 cup figs chopped
2 TBSP brown sugar
dash of nutmeg
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. butter, divided
5-6 fresh peaches diced
1/2 cup sugar, divided
18 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed (one-half 16-oz. pkg.)

Pour rum over figs in bowl, mix in brown sugar and nutmeg. Set aside to soak 15 minutes.

Heat 2 Tbs. margarine in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peaches, and sauté 5 minutes. Add fig mixture, and cook 2 minutes, or until alcohol has evaporated. Transfer to bowl. Let cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt remaining 1/2 cup margarine. Brush 12-cup muffin pan (1/2 cup size) with melted margarine.

Unroll phyllo, and keep under damp towel to retain moisture. Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface. Brush with butter, and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. sugar. Top with second phyllo sheet, brush with butter, and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. sugar. Repeat until you have 6 layers of phyllo sheets, but do not sprinkle top sheet with sugar. Cut phyllo stacks into 4 squares. Press 1 square into 1 muffin mold buttered sides down, letting edges hang over. Fill phyllo with a few tablespoons peach mixture. Brush edges with butter, and fold over peach mixture. Brush top with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Repeat with remaining squares. Repeat layering and assembly with remaining phyllo sheets, margarine, sugar, and peach mixture.
Bake croustades 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden-brown. Cool 10 minutes in muffin pan, then carefully unmold, and cool on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Culinary Archeology Receives 2015 Best of Barrington Award


Culinary Archeology Receives 2015 Best of Barrington Award

Barrington Award Program Honors the Achievement

BARRINGTON, IL – August 8, 2015 — Culinary Archeology has been selected for the 2015 Best of Barrington Award in the Caterers category by the Barrington Award Program.

Each year, the Barrington Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Barrington area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Barrington Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Barrington Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Culinary Archeology
Launched by owner Chantel Beauregard in 2005, Culinary Archeology has built a reputation for providing top-notch fare using fresh local ingredients and client-vision style event planning. Catering parties for 20 to 200 guests that regularly include elegant wine country weddings, corporate retreats, appetizer parties, and rustic barbecues.

Chantel’s approach to cuisine is inspired by her love of food and the flavors that come to peak each season. She constantly strives to craft creative menus that fit the taste and vision of her clients while incorporating local organic produce. Visit www.culinaryarcheology.com

About Barrington Award Program
The Barrington Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Barrington area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Barrington Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Barrington Award Program

Barrington Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardcontact.org
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