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CHARMOULA marinade served at White House Dinner!

You’ll find a recipe for this classic Moroccan marinade in each of my books!

Obama Welcomes African Leaders for Unusual Dinner

WASHINGTON — Aug 5, 2014, 10:49 PM ET

White House dinner

“The menu featured a largely American-style dinner with hints of Africa sprinkled throughout each of the four courses.

Guests dined on chilled spiced tomato soup and socca crisps, which are made of chick peas; chopped farm-stand vegetable salad using produce from the first lady’s garden; and grilled dry-aged Wagyu beef served with chermoula, a marinade used in North African cooking, sweet potatoes and coconut milk.

Dessert was cappuccino fudge cake dressed with papaya scented with vanilla from Madagascar. American wines were also on the menu.”

Sephardic celebrations


Stay tuned for a menu to celebrate Yum Kippur.



La Mimouna, a celebration unique to Morocco’s Jews,  is held on the last evening of Passover, after the first stars appear in the sky. Local tradition dictates that Jewish families entertain their Moslem friends, and exchange symbolic gifts of food. This traditional menu is exerpted from  The Scent of Orange Blossoms: Sephardic Cuisine from Morocco (Ten Speed Press) and co-authored with my friend Danielle Mamane, a resident of Fez.


  • Couscous de la Mimouna: Couscous with Onion and Raisin Confit
  • Roast chicken with chermoula spices and root vegetables
  • Dates filled with almond paste
  • Almond and walnut Macaroons
  • and of course, FRESH Mint tea