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“I’m here to check your oven.”

That’s what the maintenance guy said when he rang my doorbell on Wednesday afternoon and then proceeded to enter my apartment without actually waiting for me to open the door.

Mind you.  This was the third time he’d been there in the past week and a half.  He obviously felt like he owned the place.

After each previous visit he left me a little post it note.  On which he wrote the date and time that he had arrived and then checked off the little box that said “Must return.  Work not completed”.

Can you imagine coming home to something so disheartening?  Not once.  But twice.

And to think, it would have been three times, had I not been home on Wednesday at 2 pm.

Armed and ready for action.

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Now.  If this were a Danielle Steel novel, the man who rang my doorbell would have been young and virile.  With eyes the color of cobalt.  He would have been at least five foot ten and would genuinely enjoy running through Central Park and eating Middle Eastern food, not necessarily at the same time.  He would also have a relative in publishing who would proceed to give me an offer on my first cookbook.


(What.  A girl can dream, can’t she!)

He would have rang my doorbell.  Waited for me to open it.  And then, when he laid eyes on me for the first time, he would have said, “Ms. Bruno.  Would you do me the honor of allowing me to fix your oven?  I promise to work day and night.  As long as it takes until the job is finished.”

Yes.  That would have been ideal.

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Instead what I got was a more than middle aged man.  Who wanted to spend as little time fixing my oven as humanly possible.

Anyway.  Enough rambling.  Back to the story.

The man walks in and says, “I’m here to check your oven.”

Notice.  He says “check” and not “fix”.  You’d better believe.  I notice.

He then walks over to the oven and turns the dial as if to turn it on.  Which is when I proceed to intervene.  “You know,” I say.  “Since you haven’t actually done anything to fix it, it’s still going to be broken, no matter how many times you check it.”

Statement of the obvious.  To you and I, perhaps. But not to mister handyman over here.

He turns.  Looks me square in the eyes.  And says, with an attitude that I can’t possibly do justice to over the internet.  “Well, what do you want me to do about it?”

Now.  There were many things I could have said to this.  Most of which involved him impaling himself on some rusty screws.

But what I actually said was, “If you don’t want me to call your manager and complain, then you’re going to get me a new oven.  And you’re going to do it by the end of the workday today.”

And that, my friends, is how I strong-armed my way to a fully functional kitchen.

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Now if I had really been on my game, I would have told him to throw in a few dining room sets.

Or a $125 gift certificate to CSN to use on anything in any of their stores.  No holds barred.

Or…I could just offer that to you guys!

Just leave a comment on this post by next Friday and you will be entered to win!  Unfortunately, CSN can only send this to those in the US and Canada but if you live in a different country you can certainly have it sent to someone you know in one of these countries!

Also, you have one day left to send me your entry to Regional Recipes: ETHIOPIA!
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Speaking of the Middle Eastern food that my totally idealized romantic intrigue and I would spend many hours enjoying together.

When I discovered that plums were on sale this week at Whole Foods, I got a serious hankering to use them in something savory.  After a quick search through some of my favorite blogs, I came across this tagine over at Closet Cooking.  Yes, I know it’s essentially a stew and who wants to eat stew in 90 degrees heat.  But you know, when else are nectarines and plums going to be at their peak?

Sometimes, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.  And what a girl’s gotta do is make this.  Because when all of the spices mix together with the vibrant flavors of the stone fruitsWhat ensues is one of the most intensely flavored dishes that I’ve ever tasted.  And I mean that in the best way possible. 

Moroccan Nectarine and Plum Chicken Tagine
Serves 4, adapted from Closet Cooking 

1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 lb chicken thighs
1 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp ginger, grated
4 nectarines, stoned and sliced
4 plums, stoned and sliced
1/2 cup water
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 pinch saffron
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
1 tbsp harissa
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped

1. Heat the oil in a medium pan over medium heat.  Brown the chicken on all sides, then remove to a plate.

2. Heat the second tbsp of oil and cook the onions until just starting to brown. Add in the garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

3. Add in the nectarines, plums, water, paprika, cayenne, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, saffron, salt and pepper.  Cover and simmer for fifteen minutes.

4. Add in the chicken, harissa, lemon, honey, and olives.  Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes.

5. Mix in the parsley and cilantro and serve.

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141 Responses to Moroccan Nectarine and Plum Chicken Tagine…And A Giveaway!

  1. Andrea says:

    Cool recipe! Great pictures, too.

  2. Heather says:

    Great giveaway! What i’d like to know is how on earth you do what you do for work/school and still have time to make such delicious-looking meals. Share your secrets! Did you just get a bigger allocation of time in a day than the rest of us!? 🙂

  3. Giovanna says:

    Oh and when Mister Dreamy maintenance man walked in, he would have some nice firm muscular arms on him and some jeans that hugged his bottom nicely! MMmmmmmm… yummy!

    Okay.

    Real Maintenance man was thinking what, it was gonna start working on it’s own???? Good for you and taking charge and getting your new oven! Yea!!!!!

    And stew can be good in the summer, as long as you sit directly in front of a fan while eating it! : )

  4. Daniel says:

    Joanne! Thanks for the laughs today.

    I think, among the *many* diverse and possible futures you may have, that a career in romance novels could be one of them! 🙂

    Dan
    Casual Kitchen

  5. All of these stone fuits are in season so bring on the tagine and the new oven!

  6. Being married,I can’t wish for many of the things you wished for. Lol.
    So finally you did get the oven? Good for you! The fruit and chicken tagine is looking real good.And great giveaway.

  7. I have seen a few of Moroccan chicken…but this is the best I have seen so far! Excellent clicks too.

  8. Wow I am totally catching this post at an early hour. I’m glad your oven is finally functional! And that you made this tagine. YUM! I don’t think I’ve ever had a tagine. Btw, I was walking around Union Square with a friend yesterday and realized I was 3 blocks away from Momofuku so we made a little field trip and ohhhh my gooooooodness why is it so delicious?! I feel a ton better, can you tell? Doctor said it’s most likely stress but gave me a script for a CT scan in case it turns into appendicitis. (It hasn’t.) And today’s my last day for now because I’m going to London/Ireland.. but I’ll be back in September!! Start planning some foodie trips.

  9. It is so sad that the oven maintenance guy did not meet the expectations, both for your oven and for the romance stuff…
    Your tagine is mouthwatering… even, if I have been a vegetarian for years… I am considering trying it with tofu instead of chicken…
    Have a great week-end!

  10. Simply Life says:

    What a great giveaway and another delicious meal!!!

  11. Wow that stew looks so amazing!! I will definitely have to try it while nectarines are still in season. And thanks for offering such an amazing giveaway!

  12. this looks amazing looking forward to hearing your real love story one day!!!!

  13. Hurray! You have one happy ending at least 😉 Sometimes, a girl has to get tough (and even make stew in the summer). This looks like such a delicious dish with the stone fruit and seasonings! Nice giveaway!

  14. I loved the juicy look of this dish! yummy! Guess what? I would love to have the a dining table set too…mine looks so worn down.

  15. Yes, and one day for sure you will be typing a true life Daniel steel story for us-your story! Of course, I am waiting for ur book published too!

  16. Katerina says:

    Is it possible that the maintenance guy comes for you and not the oven? When I was studying in Us the maintenance guy offered to keep me company since he thought that I would be feeling lonely so far away from home. I forgot to mention that he was very married. Anyway, this dish looks very exotic and full of flavors

  17. Astra Libris says:

    Joanne, you are incredible. You go to medical school, somehow still find time to make the most gorgeous dishes imaginable, such as this one, you’re a remarkably talented writer, and you know how to deal with uncooperative maintenance guys! You are a true Renaissance woman!!

  18. newlywed says:

    Brilliant tagine — I love the use of the fresh nectarines and plums instead of the usual dried apricots and plums. I need my fussy husband to go out of town so I can try that! (He does not fix ovens either.)
    Tell us if you get a new oven!

  19. RV says:

    lol at the Daniel Steel thing, I always wished something like this happened in my life and I think it did thats y I am married. So one fine day you might bump into a charming guy 😉 All the best!!! Good to know that your oven got fixed. That Moroccan dish is intriguing.

  20. elra says:

    I’d be unhappy about that, even if I know the guy.

    I never made the one using fresh stone fruit, it look delicious!

  21. Tasha says:

    Mmm, I think I’d have no problem justifying making a stew like this in hot weather- it sounds amazing!

  22. Kristin says:

    That is rough! At our first house our oven broke days before Thanksgiving and my landlord told me that there was nothing he could do until after the holiday because he was gone for the holiday. Luckily the his daughter who was the property manager got someone to the house to fix my oven before Thanksgiving. I didn’t get any fancy new oven though, just the same piece of junk. That chicken looks phenomenal. I have a friend who loves Moroccan food. I will send her this link.

  23. hey you! email to you with deets.

    and just like you said. he made his move. pinned me down and wouldn’t let me get up until he got some tra lips.

  24. Kristen says:

    So glad you strong armed the maintenance man. Please take pictures of your new oven. Maybe the oven delivery man with be Mr. Dreamy.

  25. Swathi says:

    Glad to hear that your oven got fixed. This dish looks delicious. When we where in one apartment, refrigerator gone bad, if you put any vegetable you get a hard rock.Finally the owner told us she is going to get a new refrigerator, we have to go and pick it up. Both me and husband went there looking for brand new one, finally used one showed up with lot of smell and huge not fit in the apartment.I literally broke my head twice while taking some thing from the bottom shelf. Finally one good thing happened, we moved from that apartment.

  26. Sarah S. says:

    Wow, quite the generous giveaway! Count me in. Thanks, Joanne!

  27. Mo Diva says:

    this is an awesome giveaway.

    adn my mouth is watering!

  28. The chicken dish looks great! And way to strong arm the repair man!!! Nice job.

  29. Great recipe. Love the interplay of flavors here. Certainly a wonderful way to make chicken fun & different. Love the inclusion of the fruit as well.

    Two thumbs way up!

    I think your story speaks to a much larger societal issue of people just being unreliable. Sad but true. Hey, maybe in your dream you could have had Michael Symon fix your oven huh?!

  30. Amy says:

    YEA!!! You have an oven again. And it sounds like a brand new one at that?! Want to come work your magic over here? We need our garbage disposal fixed.

    Don’t forget, most men on the covers of romance novels look like Fabio. Ew. Maybe someday Michael Symon will come out with a calendar. He represents every month. Without a shirt on. You can hang it right over your new oven.

    p.s. That stew is making my mouth water. I made clam chowder the other day. It’s 95 degrees here. Clam chowder. Sshhh. Don’t tell anyone.

  31. i agree with some of the other comments……how do you have time to create such amazing dishes, write such creative posts and go to medical school? i want to be like you when i grow up 😉

  32. I’m in love with that third picture… It’s gorgeous!

    What a nightmare with your oven. Thank goodness everything got worked out (yay for sticking to your guns!) I don’t know what I’d do without mine.

  33. polwig says:

    I thought he was coming back b/c you were feeding him but since the oven was broken I guess that was not the case. At least you are fixed now and the tangine looks amazing

  34. So your all fixed? You can bake again!! I’m so happy for you, life without an oven would be really annoying!

    Your photographs never fail to get the salivary glands going. Looks delicious as usual!

    Great giveaway! Thanks!

  35. Topher says:

    Wow. I really want to try this recipe and I’ve never made moroccan food before.
    Thanks

    Chris

    zekks at yahoo dot com

  36. Shannon says:

    way to go on getting what you deserve!! i need to learn from you 😉 and next time we meet up we should totally cook instead of go out, especially if you make me something like this 🙂

  37. This looks yummy! I’m going to make it for my hubby soon!

  38. Alisa says:

    That is so darn frustrating and all too common. I am so thankful my husband can fix pretty well anything in our house. But the few times we have had to deal with warranty maintenance people – what a nightmare!

    On another note, yes that dish looks wonderfully flavorful!

  39. You go girl! LOL! I wonder how anyone gets anything accomplished these days unless there was a threat.

    Dish looks fab. I’m intrigued by this combination of sweet stone fruits, savory meat and spices. This looks like a sensational dish.

  40. Maria says:

    Love your photos. What a great meal!

  41. Ameena says:

    I’m sorry you’ve had so much trouble with your oven but honestly, your story cracks me up. There have been so many repair people I would love to impale with rusty screws (did I seriously just write that?)

    You are a far more patient person than me Joanne because I would have called the guy’s manager after his first visit!

    Delicious dish, oh and Danielle Steel would be proud. 🙂

  42. Eliana says:

    I’ve never used plums or nectarines in anything savory but here they look awesome. This dish has my mouth watering right now and I have a full belly.

  43. Yaey I’m so happy you got a new oven!!! And impressed that you didn’t impale the guy. He sounds very aggravating to deal with.

  44. Pam says:

    Good for you! I see a new oven in your future. The tagine looks amazing… Kevin has great recipes.

  45. Muneeba says:

    Jo .. can I call u that? Jo? Because today I finally put my finger on who it is u remind me of. Jo from Little Women. That daring, darling girl who was one of my literary idols growing up! The way u handled that nasty piece of work that is your maintenance dude, that was so “Jo”! And so u 🙂 Bravo … I need to learn from u …seriously … otherwise I’ll never get the kitchen of my dreams!

  46. Muneeba says:

    Oh, PS … gorgeous chicken … Moroccan and magnificent! Did u eat it with bread or couscous?

  47. janet says:

    Gah, this looks delicious! I love tagines and this sounds wonderful.. if only there wasn’t chicken in it, I’d be all over it. But then would it really be the same? 🙂

  48. Sook says:

    WOW! Those pictures are so beautiful! What a wonderful recipe, too! I saved it. 🙂

  49. Suman Singh says:

    WOW..plum chicken looks incredible..very tempting pics..thanks for this recipe!

  50. grace says:

    right on, joanne! way to stand up for yourself–we should all be so brave. and determined. especially when food is involved. 🙂
    and this dish–it’s oh-so-alluring and exotic. great flavors and beautiful presentation!

  51. Oh girl, sign me up for this giveaway. So sorry to hear that your repair man was not the hunk out of the Danielle Steele novel.Your Nectarine-Plum Chicken Tangine sounds wonderful. The sweet & savory flavors with all those spices is a sure hit!

  52. girlichef says:

    You go girl, LOL!! This dish sounds totally dreamy and exotic…cagon, take me away! Er, ah, you now what I mean 😉

  53. This looks so good!!! Love all the warm fruitiness.

  54. Vicki says:

    Wow, that tagine looks delicious! Bookmarked for sure.

  55. Raina says:

    This looks incredible! Amazing flavors. Your roommates must love you.

    I am very impressed at how you handled the maintenance man. Too bad he wasn’t good looking..lol That is okay; I told you; there is a handsome doctor in your future:)

  56. RamblingTart says:

    I love it, Joanne!! You are an absolute inspiration. 🙂 I’m learning to be stronger, stand up for myself, speak my mind, and I just have to wander over here every day to have a living example of Amazon Woman. 🙂 Well done!! Hooray for a new oven!! HOORAY for this gorgeous, fantastic dish. 🙂

  57. Yay for the new oven! That’s my girl! Too bad he was a cad. I was happy to see plums all over the market today. This is a stunning dish with a lovely combo of flavors! It seems comforting.

  58. Pam says:

    Way to stand up for yourself and your oven!!!

    Great contest too!

  59. Kim says:

    Gotta love a girl who knows what she wants and knows how to get it 😉 I always hope for dreamy handymen, but I always end up with hairless and/or toothless wonders. Oh, the joys of being a housewife in rural KY!
    The pictures of this dish are beautiful and I can imagine the intensity of the flavors here. I’m imagining the sweet and tart flavors of the stone fruit with the briny olives and warm spices – yum!

  60. Stella says:

    Strong arm it! Yeah! Hey Joanne, sometimes one has to strong arm it, you know? If you don’t, things just don’t get done. I’ve noticed this at least…
    This tagine is wonderful by the way. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but Algerian is one of my top two favorite cuisines. So Moroccan is obviously high up on the list too. Anyway, yummerz!
    Nice contest too-that’s a bulky certificate (smile).

  61. Mary says:

    Congratulations on the new oven. We are saving our change towards a new oven. I just found your blog and love it

  62. Yum…all of those spices sound wonderful. So glad you’re getting your new oven! Thanks for sharing.

  63. gotnomilk says:

    Bookmarking – looks terrific!

  64. Wow, did that really work??? I’d gottne a punch square in the face that’s one thing. And I wouldn’t have an working oven by the end of the day that’s another thing! Great pics, by the way. Really really nice!! – Gary

  65. Chef Dennis says:

    Joanne

    I am so happy to hear you got your oven fixed!!!! and that chicken Tangine looks simply amazing and so very delicious….I love cooking with fruit and those spices just pull it all together!

    Have a great weekend of baking!
    Dennis

  66. The same thing is happening with us right now, except concerning the AC. It is so annoying! By the way, I love your pictures!

  67. Debinhawaii says:

    Bummer he wasn’t a hottie but good job being firm and getting your new oven! The tagine looks delicious–I love all the flavors and ingredients–especially the stone fruit.

  68. Katie says:

    If you want to cook with plums and nectarines you have to do it in summer – simple as that.
    Congrats on the new oven…. Too bad about the non-virile, truculent handy-guy…. They rarely live up to expectations… esp from the ‘bodice ripper’ genre of lit.

  69. Faith says:

    Nice job on scoring the oven! You are truly a girl with many talents, Joanne! (I’m taking notes for myself, lol!) And summer or not, I’m glad you shared this recipe — I could eat something that looks this good any time!

  70. Joanna says:

    You go girl! ANd this recipe looks amazing. You should be using that gift certificate to buy a tagine! Or I could 🙂

  71. Good job getting your new oven! And, great-looking tagine. The fruit in a savory dish sounds fantastic, especially with the harissa!

  72. Martha (MM) says:

    That looks delicious!

    I’m so glad you finally got your oven fixed – sorry the repairman wasn’t young and hot. It really should be part of the qualifications to be a repairman to begin with.

    I’m not going to make it in time for Regional Recipes again this month – at least not unless we can somehow make things made with pesto Ethiopian. I have to have pesto with every meal these days, it’s my latest food addiction.

    Don’t forget I have a $125 CSN giveaway at Menagerie and a $60 at Seaside Simplicity – both end tonight at midnight. Gotta love CSN!

    Have a great weekend Joanne 🙂

  73. Pierce says:

    Joanne – I ahve looked at this so many times, looks SO good! Good score on the oven

  74. Biren says:

    That’s a stunning looking dish! You come up with the most flavorful dishes. Glad the guy finally fixed your oven 🙂

  75. Mary says:

    Joanne, the tagine looks wonderful and I love the fruit you’ve used with it, but I’m really curious to hear if you actually have a working oven. It sounds like you pulled it off, but I’m not sure. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  76. Chris says:

    I’ve been here trying to get my plums and nectarines stoned for the past hour. The joint just keeps falling out of them or they just sit on the bong looking stupid.

    Seriously though, I love the rich looking sauce and there is a metric buttload of flavors in there.

  77. Great recipe… how great is that to have all that fruit and meat in one dish..brilliant spicing too… just went into my recipe book. Loved the stove story.. Just had trouble with my fancy 2 year-old stove… it’s computer broke… OMG, I had a 50 year old stove in the country that never had trouble and this one… poof gone…. $300 later a small box was replaced.
    SImple is better.

  78. seriously had more balls than i would have expected.

    re: pb fixing low blood sugar- this is why i killed that jar in 5 days!

  79. Karla says:

    This concept of cooked fruit with chicken is new to me…as is the Moroccan flair! Looks delish! Way to go for being politely firm about your expectation of a new oven! I have a 3/4 sized-oven, and I am anxiously awaiting the day when we do a small kitchen redo and install at least 1 full size one!!! 🙂

  80. sophia says:

    OH. My. GAWD!!! Forget arepas, Joanne. I want THIS!!! in your kitchen! It sounds and looks freaking amazing!!!

    And crossing my fingers on that CSN win…I really need it for college! ;-p

  81. Maybe he just comes in, watched TV for a bit, then leaves you the post-it. 😉 But yehey, your oven woes are over.

  82. Carolyn Jung says:

    I just want to dip a big spoon and a giant wedge of crusty bread into that pot! 😉

  83. LOL I love the Daniel Steel reference :p

    plum and nectarines for a tagine dish?! that’s pure genius!

  84. Sara says:

    Wow, this looks amazing! What great flavors…yum! 🙂

  85. Debbie says:

    Great response to your maintenance man Joanne! We New Yorkers have to stick together!!!!! Love it and the chicken too!

  86. Elizabeth says:

    Excellent Tagine Yum Yum . . . this recipe rocks, Joanne. Except for Harissa, I found all the ingredients in the pantry. I’ll stock up on harissa (Tunisian hot chili sauce) soon . . . love those nectarines and plums!

  87. Bob says:

    Heh, that’s awesome. I had stove issues at my last apartment (well, I have them in this one too…) and it took me calling the gas company to get him to replace it. And he replaced it with a piece of crap.

    I’ve never had tangine before, but it looks awesome!

  88. PJ says:

    moroccan tagine? i am in any day any time! the pics are so tempting, Joanne.. I am feeling like grabiing a hand through the monitor and finishing off that delicious dish!

  89. This is lovely! I love tagines! I’m currently trying to justify buying the vessel so I can feel more authentic! Wait, maybe if I won your giveaway, I could get my tagine. *closes eyes really tightly, wishes real hard* 😉

  90. Katy ~ says:

    This looks so doggone amazingly good. I can imagine the deep rich flavors of this wonderful dish.

  91. Lynn says:

    Yum. This looks deee-licious. I have had such a glut of plums this year, I’ve been baking and stewing and marinating. In fact, been doing so much actual playing with plums and other produce I haven’t had much time to blog about it. But plums with chicken — now there’s a brilliant idea. Alas, the last of my plums are currently soaking, becoming some wonderful plum liqueur I’ll give away for Christmas. Sigh.

  92. Andreas says:

    If ice cream can be eaten year-round, why not tagine?

    Awesome pictures, btw.

  93. Karen says:

    That chicken looks amazing. Great giveaway and a great post!

  94. tigerfish says:

    I would like a share of this dish too! So perfect!

  95. Kristen says:

    This looks delicious!! It’s going on the list for sure!

  96. Oh goodness, what an ordeal! I’m glad your kitchen is finally fully functional 🙂 This Moroccan Chicken looks beyond fantastic.

  97. Hannah says:

    What a unique dish! Sounds tasty, but hot. This summer is starting to get to me! I would actually think about making this with tempeh, and then eating it cold… Mmm!

  98. I love love love cooked/stewed fruits in meat dishes. So wonderful — especially hot peaches, plums, nectarines, and berries. Persian stews use them often; especially pomegranate and prunes. They just do something amazing to the meat! Mmmmmm.

    Way to go on the assertiveness girl! I would just whimper and cry in that situation, lol.

  99. This recipe looks fantastic with the garlic, ginger and all those aromatic spices. Plus the plums and nectarines…I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. And your photos are so beautiful!

  100. Monet says:

    Oh my…this looks beyond delicious. I love nectarines right now, they’ve reached their peak in my mind. My dream is to travel to Morocco with my husband, and this lovely dish could help transport us there. Thank you for sharing. Once again, I’m very impressed with all you are doing here!

  101. This dish looks awesome! Yeah! Your oven works…a new woman!

  102. Katie says:

    I’ve never attempted a tagine, but it’s been on my (long) list of things to try for some time. I remember seeing this recipe on Closet Cooking and thinking that I should try it, and now I’m kicking myself for not getting around to it.

  103. Julie says:

    pick me pick me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha i need this more then anyone who is going to comment here 😉

    hahaha

  104. Cara says:

    So glad to hear your oven is back in action! This dish sounds wonderful. Sweet summer fruit and warm spices? Sign me up!

  105. I think you need to write a combo romance novel and cookbook. 🙂 What a fun post!

  106. Jessica says:

    Just looking at this recipe makes me hungry, despite the fact that I just ate lunch. I love reading your posts, but the handyman debacle is my fav. I had a similar problem with someone (not) fixing my water heater. When it was 18 degrees out. Yea for your triumph!

  107. All good things gcome to she who waits! Now send this my way…bet the cookies are baking as I type!

  108. Yay, success on the oven front! I just got hooked on pulms, this looks so good 😉

  109. Cynthia says:

    This looks amazing! Congrats on finally getting your oven back! It’s too bad that Tombee doesn’t like fruits in his food because I would LOVE to make a tagine with fruits!

  110. Michelle says:

    Enter me please! Love shopping and I could use some serious retail therapy!

  111. Johanna GGG says:

    what a great story – I am in admiration of your strength of will that got the oven fixed – and pleased it is working again – what is life without an oven! I also love the sound of the recipe so much I would love to make it vego but will have to wait as nectarines and plums are not in season right now in my end of the world

  112. You have to teach me how to talk to Mr. Fix-It. My Mr. Fix-It is a very nice man. When he comes to fix something, he manages to distract himself by eating me out of house and home. He keeps suggesting, we go to the bedroom. My dishwasher is obviously in the kitchen.

    When the phone rings, he has the audacity to answer it. Such chutzpah.

    What should I do with him Joanne? Just be nice. He is my husband.

    For all the stuff in this dish, it turns out to be striking.

  113. You go girl! I need to learn to be more assertive like that. Bet I’d get a lot more done! And the tagine looks great. Never would’ve thought to put stone fruit in something savory.

  114. Wow, Joanne! I had to scroll really really down to give a comment. Anyway, glad I’m in Canada, so I can participate for entering the gift certificate of CSN.

    Hmmm I miss Moroccan foods! I used to volunteer at a place where a Moroccan friend work. We usually traded the foods. I brought my Indonesian and she brought her Moroccan. Since I don’t volunteer there anymore, I should try to make my own 😀

  115. Jodi says:

    Hi! I found your blog from Perry’s Plate and I just want to tell you that your recipes look amazing and I enjoyed the story about your oven! I have never actually had Moroccan food but it looks great. I think I’ll have to try it! Great blog, great giveaway!

  116. Natalie says:

    ooh count me in for the giveaway please! I so want to buy an ice cream maker 🙂

  117. Cristie says:

    I’m probably too late for the give-a-way, but just in case . . . quite a large gift.

  118. Kevin says:

    Your tagine looks great! I am looking forward to the plums and nectarines arrival this year!

  119. Tia says:

    that looks wonderfully flavorful. love your pics.
    also, can i enter your giveaway??? i would love to splurge on a nice set of pots. i have a great kitchen except for a set of pots. 🙂 my bake ware has been eating up chunks of my budget up til now.

  120. Catherine says:

    this looks delicious! Now I just need to get some harissa.

    I hope I still have time to enter the giveaway! I really need a stainless steel stock pot.

  121. brandi says:

    I can’t wait for a bigger kitchen so I can have a real tagine to use! This dish looks amazing.

    And that giveaway is pretty awesome!

  122. Haha, LOVE the story. I would never think to say something like that. Awesomeness 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  123. Jen says:

    I’ve only had Moroccan inspired food once and I loved it. The recipe I had also combined sweet and spice, and it was divine. Thanks for sharing and I would really like to win that gift card!

  124. Kerstin says:

    This looks so flavorful!! My tummy is grumbling!

  125. Shirley says:

    That chicken must taste divine! Great giveaway too.

  126. Katie says:

    YUM! Thanks for the recipe and the great giveaway 🙂

  127. Stephie Z says:

    Oh my gosh that looks delicious. Just found you on taste spotting. LOVE tagine.

  128. pajamachef says:

    that looks great! thanks for the recipes & the giveaway. 🙂

  129. Anonymous says:

    Good for you! I always think to say things like that AFTER the fact.

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

  130. Ty'sMommy says:

    YAY for getting the oven fixed – FINALLY! An Italian girl just cna’t be without an oven like that. Good for you for telling him how things are.

  131. Lisa says:

    Hi! I just found your blog and I love it! Keep up the good work 🙂

  132. What a great use for summer stone fruits! Have a great time at the BlogHer conference. I envy that you are able to go, but look forward to the details 🙂

  133. lz says:

    that dish looks so incredible. and awesome giveaway!

  134. ronnie says:

    that. looks. delicious.

  135. lynne says:

    I recently stumbled on your blog and I love it! Everything looks so yummy!

  136. HA! You are definately studying for the wrong career. You should be a writer. Your stories are so adorable. No maybe catering to the rich and famous, your food is always amazing.

  137. Charlotte says:

    Hi! Thanks for this post! I made this and posted it on my blog. Although it’s not quite some of the things I saw and sampled in Morocco, it defiitely does seem to have the Middle Eastern influence to it and the plums and nectarines were absolutely delicious 🙂

  138. Robin Anderson says:

    Hi,
    I made this for a Moroccan dinner party my friends and I were having. This meal was the main dish, as it was the only protein for the dinner party; I was a bit apprehensive to take this on as the main dish for a party but proceeded.

    During the process of making this, I wasn’t sure I was going to want to eat it. Once it was finished I noticed there was a lot of oil as well (not sure how to minimize this).

    When it was all said and done- this was a great recipe, although it was a bit time consuming.
    Everyone enjoyed the flavors and this is something I will make again.

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