{Le Creuset Tagine Giveaway} Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon, Green Olives, & Oregano*

March Hare:
A very merry unbirthday to me!

Mad Hatter:
To who?

March Hare:
To me!

Mad Hatter:
Oh you!

March Hare:
A very merry unbirthday to you!

Mad Hatter:
Who me?

March Hare:
Yes, you!

One of us is the Mad Hatter and one of us is the March Hare…but either way, it is both of our unbirthdays and we are both getting a Le Creuset Tagine!

One of you will soon be cooking Moroccan food with your very own Tagine! How excited are you?!

Or do you actually have no effin’ idea what a Tagine is?



I realize that a Tagine may be a foreign concept to some since it is rarely seen around the US, but I promise every kitchen needs one. A Tagine is a shallow, round, pot with a cone shaped top designed to lock in moisture by circulating steam while cooking. A traditional Tagine is earthenware which tend to have problems with cracking when placed on a flame or stovetop. The Le Creuset version actually has a beautiful cast iron bottom and stone top to ensure a lifetime of usage. The word Tagine is used for the pot as well as the actual dish. The same way we refer to anything served in a casserole dish as “casserole” (ex: “Please pass me the casserole”).

I fell in love with Tagines 2 years ago. My girlfriend took me to an amazing Moroccan restaurant where I was served my first chicken tagine. It was the most delicious chicken I had ever had. This particular Tagine had large chunks of dark meat, that was perfectly tender and juicy. It was accompanied by prunes, apricots, nuts and a large helping of buttery couscous. One bite and I instantly knew that I had to own my very own Tagine. Like yesterday.

So when Le Creuset said they would like to do a giveaway and a review of one of their products, I prayed and wished on stars and even did a rain tagine dance in hopes that they would say ok to a Tagine giveaway instead of the classic Dutch Oven. While I absolutely LOVE their Dutch Ovens (because seriously, who doesn’t?), I really wanted to get my hands on one of these babies. Somehow the stars all aligned and this beautiful red Tagine arrived on my door a week later. I bought a cookbook that only has recipes for a Tagine and once it arrived I just about exploded from desire. I had a beautiful new Tagine, a cookbook full of recipes, and a whole week to figure out the perfect recipe to share with all of you.

I finally decided on a Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon, Green Olives, & Oregano. I was really intrigued by the combination of flavors and the preserved lemons. The chicken was so incredibly moist that I honestly did not have to use a knife to cut the chicken. The flavor from the marinade was absolutely phenomenal and I swear I saw Jorge licking his plate. I ended up having a difficult time finding preserved lemons, but I am so glad I went through the extra trouble of finding them. Wow, they really added a whole level of flavor to this recipe! They are not half as sour as a regular lemon and are incredibly soft (you eat the rind and all). I ended up finding them at World Market for $3.99 for 2 preserved lemons. I did find a recipe, in the new cookbook, on how to preserve lemons yourself (it takes a month) and will be blogging about that soon!


Leave a comment telling me about your first experience or most memorable experience with Moroccan food.


Tweet about the giveaway and mention @LeCreuset and @TheNoviceChef. Then come back here and leave a second comment with a link to the tweet!


Comments will close on Tuesday, July 26th at midnight (Florida time). The winner will be announced Wednesday, July 27th.

I will use Random.com to decide the winner. This giveaway is sponsored by Le Creuset. 



Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon, Green Olives, & Oregano

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe Note: You can easily substitute the chicken thighs/legs for 4 chicken breasts.


8-10 chicken thighs or 4 whole legs
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 preserved lemons, cut into strips
6 oz cracked green olives
1-2 teaspoons dried oregano

for the marinade:
1 large onion, grated
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoonful peeled & grated fresh ginger
1 small bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
a pinch of saffron threads
juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
4 tablespoons olive oil
freshly ground black pepper, to taste


In a large ziplock bag, mix together all ingredients for the marinade. Add chicken and shake/massage bag to massage marinade into skin. Place in refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.

Heat the olive oil with butter in a tagine over medium high heat. Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and brown them each side. Pour over the marinade that is left in the ziplock bag and add enough hot water to cover halfway up the sides of the chicken. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat to a medium-low, cover with lid, and simmer for about 45 minutes, turning chicken from time to time.

Add the preserved lemon, olives, and half the oregano to the tagine. Cover again and simmer for further 15-20 minutes. Check the seasoning and sprinkle the rest of the oregano over the top if you choose. Also adjust any salt/pepper issues. Sere immediately from the tagine with buttery couscous.


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Update: Winner has been chosen! Email me back (Jessica@thenovicechefblog.com) within 24 hours to claim your prize! Or another winner will be chosen!



**I was not compensated for my time or opinions, however I was given a Tagine to try! 

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151 Responses to “{Le Creuset Tagine Giveaway} Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon, Green Olives, & Oregano”

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    Denise O. — July 25, 2011 @ 12:27 am

    I’ve never had Moroccan food but would definitely try it with this Tagine.

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — July 25, 2011 @ 12:33 am

    Unfortunately Moroccan food/cooking is an area I am stilling learning about! Thanks for enlightening us and for the awesome giveaway!

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    Jennifer W — July 25, 2011 @ 1:23 am

    My first experience with Moroccan food was the first time I ever celebrated my (now) brother-in-law’s birthday. It has been a family tradition of theirs to always go out to Morroccan food for his birthday since they’re one of the few restaurants open on December 24th. I fell in love with it that first night and make it whenever I can, although I’ve never quite been ambitious enough to try to replicate the full meal we have for his birthday.

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    Cynthia — July 25, 2011 @ 3:41 am

    I love Tagines! My first Moroccan food experience was at my husband’s best friend’s house. He invited us all over and made us the most amazing lamb tagine. We have been addicted ever since! So I’ve been trying as best as I can to make it without a tagine but this giveaway would definitely save the day!!

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    Notyet100 — July 25, 2011 @ 4:39 am

    My most memorable experience with Moroccan food got o be when I prepared Moroccan rice pudding at my home,luved the flavor of rice cooked in almond milk and garnished with sliver of blanched almond :) slurp feel like preparing it again,chicken tagine looks delicious :)

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — July 25, 2011 @ 4:40 am

    I haven’t had any experience yet with Moroccan food but that is about to change!
    Happy Birthday!

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    Stacey — July 25, 2011 @ 5:30 am

    Have never Moroccan cooked in a tagine, only in a normal casserole dish, but the combination of sweet and savoury just sets the tastebuds alight.
    Happy UnBirthday!

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    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — July 25, 2011 @ 5:31 am

    Im in the UK so dont know if i can win this, but i have been meaning to make a Moroccan chicken tagine for so so long that if my first shot at making one could be in the real deal then i figure its worth a shot!! Wonderful giveaway indeed. I cannot recall a proper Moroccan meal, but i literally live on Moroccan couscous in the Summer, love the stuff :)

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    jaz — July 25, 2011 @ 6:33 am

    i had morrocan food for the first time in yorkville in toronto 25 years ago. i’ve loved it ever since!

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    Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups — July 25, 2011 @ 6:39 am

    I haven’t had too much experience with Moroccan food, but the first time I has falafel, it pretty much changed my life. I’ve been looking for new ways to prepare chicken, so this looks amazing! Anything by Le Creuset is always pretty amazing.

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — July 25, 2011 @ 6:48 am

    i’ve never really cooked moroccan food at home but i’ve seen these little things in the store and would love to try this recipe! my hubby is a huge ethnic food lover!

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    Kate — July 25, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    My first experience was in high school, and it has been some of my favorite food ever since. How great would it be to be able to make it at home!

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    Sarah Anderson — July 25, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    I’ve honestly never tried, but it looks yummy!

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    Charity Redfearn — July 25, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    My father was in the Air Force & at one point stationed in Morroco. He described the food as spicy, French inspired. We never got the chance to travel to Morroco, but he did bring home spices for my mother to try. She proceeded to attempt several dishes which were decent, but my father said she never captured the flavors he remembered.

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    Michelle S — July 25, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    First, I must say that I love your blog!

    Tweeted about your giveaway.


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    Amy G. H. — July 25, 2011 @ 7:48 am

    Definitely tweeted about this one! http://twitter.com/#!/amgenove/status/95459604720402432

    ::crosses fingers::

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    Kate — July 25, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    A good friend of mine is Moroccan and I’ve been lucky enough to have a couple dishes that he has made in his Tangine that he brought from home when he moved to the US. The food is some of the best I’ve ever had!

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    JR — July 25, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    Thanks for all your great recipes and ideas! I tweeted about the contest: http://twitter.com/#!/rhysticlight/status/95466922505809920

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    Kelly Jo — July 25, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    I first had it while I was living in New Orleans. The way the flavors merge reminds me of the city itself, such a wonderful merging of seemingly disparate flavors.

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    Karen K. — July 25, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    I actually ate Moroccan food for the first time at Walt Disney World. It’s how I fell in love with cold couscous salad! Mmmm!

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    Dawn — July 25, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    I first tried Moroccan food a few years ago and it’s delicious! I’ve never cooked any at home though. That chicken looks so fabulous!!

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    Jeanne ODonnell — July 25, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    I have never tried moroccan food! I would love to give it a whirl!

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    Mikki — July 25, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    My first experience with moroccan food was also a tagine. It was lovely! With a mix of meat and olives. Delicious. I’d love to win this to make them at home! Starting with this recipe!

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    pascale — July 25, 2011 @ 8:51 am

    Your chicken looks delicious. I have made a similar dish (once upon a time) and actually preserved my own lemons. I am going to preserve again, as my lemon trees are overflowing, and then make that yummy looking chicken!
    I love your blog and thanks for the opportunity to the giveaway!

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    kathleen @ the lushers — July 25, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    I would LOVE to try cooking with a tagine!

    I haven’t really had authentic Morrocan food, but have made a Morrocan-inspired couscous that introduced me to some new flavors like the warm spices & dried fruit that you can find in North African & Middle Eastern cooking.

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    Chris — July 25, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    I must say I haven’t ever had moraccan food that I know of but I’m willing to try anything.

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    Corisa — July 25, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    I’ve never had Morrocan food, but i’d love to try to make it !

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    Melisa — July 25, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    I’ve never had Moroccan food, but I’d love to try to make it!

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    kathleen @ the lushers — July 25, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    I tweeted! What a fabulous giveaway!!!!


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    Jennifer — July 25, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    The first Moroccan meal I cooked was simply Moroccan chicken pitas- easy but yummy!

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    Eva — July 25, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    I first tried Moroccan food with some foodie friends in our area. The quaint little restaurant offered tapas-style plates, and we shared so much amazing food that we can’t wait to go back!

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    Amanda — July 25, 2011 @ 9:20 am

    I’ve only tried it once, a chicken-bean-couscous salad… it was amazing! would love to try this tagine out!

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    Melissa — July 25, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    We unfortunately do not have any Moroccan restaurants where I live, so I’ve never had the chance to try Moroccan cuisine. However, this chicken tagine looks absolutely delicious and if I won, it would be the first thing I made!

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    JenH — July 25, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    I have never eaten Moroccan food before but i would love to try and make some! Moroccan food cookbook, here i come!

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    serena @bigapplenosh — July 25, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    My first Moroccan food experience was at a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in NYC. I was introduced to the wonders of the sweet and savory b’stiya – fabulous!

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    Nelly Rodriguez — July 25, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I worked at the culinary bootcamps at CIA and we had tagines of all colors; it was so much for to cook with them and layer ingredients! I hope I win this, I’d love to have one of my own!

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    Nelly Rodriguez — July 25, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    I tweeted!

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    JenH — July 25, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    For some reason i cant get a link to the direct tweet but here is the link to my profile with the tweet!

    What a cool giveaway! Thank you!

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    Diana — July 25, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    I have a crockpot recipe for Morrocan apricot chicken….that’s about the extent of my experience. Would love to try a tangine!

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    Evan Thomas — July 25, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    I have no experience with Moroccan food, but I’d love to learn.

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    Gwyn — July 25, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    I haven’t never tried morrocan food but have always wanted to try and this recipe looks amazing.

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    Sandi — July 25, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    My favourite part of any country’s cuisine is the dessert! When it comes to Morroccan food, halwa shebakia (deep fried dough coverd in honey and sesame seeds!) is where it’s at! It was love at first bite! :o)

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    Leah — July 25, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    I actually haven’t tried Moroccan food before but it looks delicious and it’s some type of cuisine I’ve always wanted to try. I didn’t know they made these dishes but I love Le Creuset!

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    Lizzybeth81 — July 25, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    I live in a tiny little town (the only place to eat near my house is a sandwich shop)…basically unless I cook it myself I haven’t tried it, so I’ve never experience Morrocan food…but I’d love to learn, especially after reading some of the other comments!

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    M — July 25, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    i haven’t really had a real Moroccan food experience besides a few prepared foods from the deli counter at some specialty grocery stores… but i’d love to try cooking it!

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    Katrina — July 25, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Moroccan food first rocked my world when I went to a local restaurant. I’d heard how good it was and knew I needed to try! This giveaway is so awesome. Thanks!

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    Mimi — July 25, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    My most memorable experience with Moroccan food was when my mother’s friend invited us over for dinner. It was Ramadan so we had been fasting all day.. and boy did that food look amazing on the dinner table. We had harira, which is Moroccan soup, and we also had a variation of chicken tagine. I’m pretty sure you can’t go over a Moroccan’s house without having chicken tagine…it’s a classic! Algerians, like me, make it all the time as well :)

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — July 25, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    I’ve never had Moroccan food, but the flavors sound right up my alley! I saw the tagine when I went to the LC outlet a while back, and I was super intrigued too. Really neat giveaway!

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    Ammie — July 25, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Earlier this year in Feb my husband and I went to a winter farmer’s market then walked around town and ended up having lunch at a Moroccan restaurant. He had a dish very similar to what you posted here, expect it included lamb and potatoes. I tried making a tagine, but it was nowhere near the one he had. He’s been asking me to recreate “the dish”, so I need to try this recipe to see how close it comes!

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    Katie — July 25, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    I’m sad to admit I’ve never had Moroccan food…but I’m salivating over that dish you made. What’s not to love? Olives…good…lemons….good…chicken…good! :-)

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    Shannon O'Connell — July 25, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    About 11 years ago, when my baby sister was 6 or 7, I took her to Casablanca (our local Moroccan restaurant) for dinner. It’s an 8 course meal. My parents (for whom exotic is ordering Chinese take-out) thought I was crazy taking a kindergartner to a “place like that”. They were certain that she wouldn’t touch a thing. So, I promised her that if we went she had to try everything (just a bite) and if she didn’t like it she’d get a Happy Meal after.
    So, we get there and her eyes got huge. The restaurant is like being in a jewelry box. Low tables, belly dancers, huge baskets of pita bread being passed around. Rose water is poured over your hands at the beginning of the meal. We snuggled into a tiny booth together (most fit about 20 people, this barely fit us) and her eyes got bigger and bigger as each course arrived. She ate everything! Even the super spicy chicken (mmm…harissa!) and the b’stilla (chicken and powdered sugar . . .OK!). She especially loved eating with her hands. I’ve never seen a kid eat like that! It is one of the absolute best memories of me and my little sis.

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    Morgan — July 25, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    The first time I had moroccan food was at Disney in Epcot! The food was amazing and I would love to experiment in the kitchen with some tagine cooking! Plus I would just DIE to have my first Le Cruset!

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    Jennifer — July 25, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    I have not had any actual experience with it yet, but I’ve been eyeing these for a long time. I even bought a cheap tagine cookbook in anticipation of someday getting one. Happy Birthday!

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    Julia — July 25, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    My favorite recipe for a tagine hails from Nigella Lawson. Her Lamb Tagine with rice and pomegranate seeds is to die for and it’s incredibly moist and delicious. I’ve made it twice, once for summer, and once around Thanksgiving, and have been eyeing the Red Tagine from Le Creuset for a while.

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    Sunny Hernandez (@foryourpiesonly) — July 25, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    I’ve never eaten Moroccan food before, but it looks beautiful and delicious. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Sunny Hernandez (@foryourpiesonly) — July 25, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    Here’s my tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/foryourpiesonly/status/95520462603431936

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    Katrina — July 25, 2011 @ 11:50 am

    I absolutely love Moroccan food! My most memorable experience with it is cooking it for the first time for my daughter, who was about 14 months at the time. I made a chickpea, tomato, & chicken dish, rich in spices with vanilla, cumin, coriander. I didn’t know how she would react, but she finished her first serving and then ate a second, grinning the entire time. At that point I realized I had a little budding food lover on my hands (hooray!)

    Your recipe looks fantastic – hope to test it out!

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    Laura — July 25, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    Haven’t had it yet, but I will be soon after this post!!

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    Katrina — July 25, 2011 @ 11:56 am


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    Lexi — July 25, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    I love morrocan food. We often have chicken with prunes and other vegetables in the winter. The warm flavours warm you up and it tastes so good. This is an exciting give away because my birthday is this week, who wouldn’t love a tagine???

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    Tracy — July 25, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    As a longtime vegetarian, I “discovered” chickpea-vegetable stews over couscous many years ago. One of my favorite Moroccan dishes, though, is a vegetarian shakshuka (eggs poached in tomato sauce), which is like the Italian uova al purgatorio. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Tullie — July 25, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    No real experience, but I would LOVE to have this and let you know how I do!

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    Samantha — July 25, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    I looooove tangine, I started experimenting with Moroccan food a few years ago and have been completely hooked ever since mastering a lamb tangine with green olives and homemade preserved lemon…yum!

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    usa kiwi (kylee) — July 25, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    I preserve lemons solely for use in morroccan dishes.

    I have been to Morrocco and love love love the food!! (And the whirling dervishes too!)

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    Cassie — July 25, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    I don’t have too much experience with Moroccan food, but my first experience with it was when I was in Spain. It was definitely different than I was used to at the time (I had a pretty typical college diet then), but was good. I wish we had more Moroccan food around my area so I could try it more.

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    Julie — July 25, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    I haven’t had much experience, but the tastes just sound perfect for me! I’ve been batting around the idea of getting a tagine for a while now, and the Le Creuset would match my dutch oven and skillet!

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    Tamara — July 25, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    I’ve never tried Morrocan food. Will definitely have to research some recipes.

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    Sleepless Mama — July 25, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    Well, mostly I remember the dancing fun at Morrocan restaurants I’ve been to, and the fun of eating with fingers. And melt-in-your-mouth dishes.

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    Laura — July 25, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    I don’t think I’ve tried Morrocan food but a tagine sounds really neat! Thanks!

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    Reyna — July 25, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    “One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends.”Laurie Colwin
    As you can imagine it was one of those nights with wonderdul friends at a Moroccan restaurant… I think we had about 6 tagines on the table. We all tried each other’s fod and decided that it was going to be one of our favorite cuisines :) ohhhh memories…

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    Lynda Clark — July 25, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    I fell in love with Moroccan food many years ago when someone gave me a copy “Couscous and Other Good Foods from Morocco” by Paul Wolfert. Since then, her 7-Vegetable Couscous has been a staple at all family special events, in fact, it was the first thing my daughter requested for her wedding. However, I have never attempted making a tagine as I could not afford or find a real tagine pan where I lived. I would really like to master that part of Moroccan cooking.

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    Jennifer S — July 25, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

    I have never actually had Morrocan food, but this dish looks amazing and I would like to try to make it at home for my first experience!

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    Jennifer S — July 25, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    I tweeted about the blog and giveaway!

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    Sue Vanden Berge — July 25, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    I haven’t had much experience so I tweeted the contest:

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    Erin Slattery — July 25, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    I have never made Moroccan food but I love to eat it at restaurants and have great memories doing so since early childhood. My favorite would be when i was a little kid and the sitting on floor cushions eating couscous with yummy meat.

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    Krystal of Mrs. Regueiro's Plate — July 25, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    We had this amazing Moroccan feast in San Jose at Morocco’s Restuarant. We had an endless 7 course dinner selection…meaning if we ran out of something, we could ask for more of it. – We had Crab briwatts,Nut & cheese sampler, beef tagine, Beef couscous, Chocolate-filled briwatts, so much more…and plenty of Sangria. It was just the best experience with a group of friends…that we still talk about it to this day.

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    Kara Cullen — July 25, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    Unfortunately, I have not made Moroccan food, but have always wanted to try, and this would be great motivation to try it out!

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    christine — July 25, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    I have yet to have a memorable experience (or any experience) with Moroccan food, but would LOVE to have one with a new tagine!

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    Miki — July 25, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    I’ve never had Moroccan food >.< I just don't have very ethnically diverse cuisine in my area. I have been coveting this Tajine for a while though. Your dish looks delicious!

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    Lindsay — July 25, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    I’ve never had Moroccan food so this would be a new experience!

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    Emily — July 25, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    I have never had the chance to try Moroccan food, but it is definitly something I would be interested in.

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    Lindsay — July 25, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    I have actually never had moroccan food. But this recipe looks amazing, so maybe I could try it out!:)

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    Catie — July 25, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    Moroccan food is on my list of foods to try! I’ve branched out a lot this year with Ethiopian, Mongolian, Thai, and other cuisines. This would be a great push in the Moroccan direction :)

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    Barbara — July 25, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    I love MOroccan food. My first attempt was making preserved lemons. Now I use them lots!

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    elizabeth — July 25, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    i love moroccan food, but i’ve never attempted to make it. i love the flavors!

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    Erin — July 25, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    For my 22nd birthday a bunch of my friends and I went to a Moroccan restaurant – even though I had never tried it before. At first I was completely weirded out by the flavor combos listed in the menu – cinnamon and chicken? What? But I ended up loving everything I tried!

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    Amanda Liss — July 25, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    Does couscous from a box count? I’d love to try the real thing!

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    Angela — July 25, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    i’m sure i’ve had some, but i can’t remember. I tweeted for ya! http://twitter.com/#!/ReluctantFoodie/favorites. I’m sure you could make some seriously tasty ass-friendly dishes with a tagine and if I win, I’m DEFINITELY making some!

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    Sandi — July 25, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    Tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/Sandithepirate

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    Kate — July 25, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    Never had the opportunity to try it, unfortunately – I’ve heard so many fantastic things!

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    jacquie — July 25, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    i have no experience w/ moroccan food but would love to win and start experimenting with it.

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    Kelly J — July 25, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

    I don’t know that I’ve actually had Moroccan food…but it looks and sounds delish!

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    Nick — July 25, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

    My first experience was when I was a freshman in college. We stopped at a Moroccan restaurant outside Lansing after playing MSU in a three game series. One of our coaches loved the restaurant and it was pretty much a tradition from what I gathered from the other players. Unfortunately, we never went back since they changed coaching staffs at the end of the season.

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    Elain Ponce De Leon — July 25, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

    I don’t have any Moroccan food experience but always loved the look of the tangine! Would definitely try your above recipe with it!

    I tweeted about your giveaway! @ThePonceDeLeons

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    barbi — July 25, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    never had moroccan food, but would love to try making some. I’m expanding on my cooking styles and flavors and love to try new recipes and cooking techniques.

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    The Novice Chef » {Foodie Block Party} Grilled Peaches & Cream — July 25, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    […] Have you entered to with a Le Creuset Tagine yet? No? Do it now! You only have till midnight […]

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    Becky — July 26, 2011 @ 12:10 am

    Sad news – I’ve never eaten Moroccan food! And I’ve never used of a Tagine! (or heard of one till now) I have so much to learn and experience : )

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    Kerstin — July 26, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    What an awesome giveaway! I recently made a Moroccan spiced chicken that I’ll be posting about soon :)

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    Yellowfish — July 26, 2011 @ 1:08 am

    I tweeted! I love the flavors of Moroccan food, and would love to be able to learn to make my own in one of these! http://twitter.com/#!/missyellowfish/status/95721524287389696

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    Jason Hall — July 26, 2011 @ 1:16 am

    I had a great dinner cooked by my friend’s Moroccan boyfriend the first time I was meeting him (I was the roommate) up in San Francisco a couple years ago. I dont know what the dishes were called but they were amazing and home cooked. Made ME fall in love with the moroccan boyfriend, :-). Unfortunately now living in LA I have not had it again and have yet to find a moroccan restaurant in my area to try it again. Would really love to learn to cook some of the dishes and use the Tagine!

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    Lauren @ Adventures in Flip Flops — July 26, 2011 @ 1:55 am

    Um, so my first experience with Moroccan food was at Disney World. And it was just amazing. And now I try and make it all the time. Yum.

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    Audrey — July 26, 2011 @ 4:20 am

    What a great giveaway idea! I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/audreygrey

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    Calfaile — July 26, 2011 @ 5:37 am

    I was backpacking in Europe when I decided to treat myself to a meal in a real restaurant in Valencia. I stumbled on a Morrocan restaurant and got the surprisingly affordable set (chef’s choice) menu. Even though every dish was a surprise, they were all delicious. . .

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    Jennifer G — July 26, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    There’s a couple great Moroccan restaurants in Philadelphia. My best friend introduced me and from that first bite, I was hooked. I’d love to win my very own tagine. :)

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    Jennifer G — July 26, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    I tweeted too. @jeni0816

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    Beth Anne — July 26, 2011 @ 7:03 am

    I’ve never cooked Moroccan food but would LOVE to try it! I had some in a restaurant once and ate entirely too much, I just about made myself sick.

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    Beth Anne — July 26, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    tweeted about ya here- http://twitter.com/#!/NOLAKitchenCats

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    Wendy Pastrick — July 26, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    wendy_dance: Okay fellow Moroccan food lovers – check out this giveaway by @TheNoviceChef & @LeCreuset mmmmm I can smell it now! http://bit.ly/nCezsy
    Original Tweet: http://twitter.com/wendy_dance/statuses/95898286908653568

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    Saltyseattle — July 26, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    I close my eyes & I’m transported back to the market in Marrakesh where the scent of coffee & tea floats at nose height and tagines are sold in market stalls for a pittance so low you wish you’d left room in the suitcase…

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    Margret Powell — July 26, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    Oh, how my heart has ached for one of these for the longest time! A few years back my boyfriend at the time invited me to a wedding where a multitude of food from different areas was served. I’m generally partial to Vietnamese, Indian, and Thai food but when the family rolled out their beautiful, traditional tagines full of a hot chicken, chickpea, and mint mixture, I forgot about the other cuisines there and pretty much gorged myself exclusively on that one dish. I couldn’t help myself! The presentation and the taste were too much for a simpleton such as myself to resist… Although my boyfriend and I broke up a while ago, I still think fondly about that experience. I would love to have something so nice to cook traditional not-mid-west dishes with while being a poor college student. I’m drooling right now thinking of the possibilities. The great thing about this item is that it’ll totally be usable for the rest of the life of whoever wins it! How exciting!

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    Megan Pence — July 26, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

    I’ve never actually had an experience with Moroccan food – but I sure would like too! I’ve seen several cheaper tangines at World Market and such – but giving my “tangine V-card” to a LeCruset Tangine would sure be somethin’! (Wow, I just used used V-card in sentence about cooking…this just got weird.)
    ~Megan P.

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    Elle — July 26, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    Oh my gosh, your chicken looks fantastic! I have *always* wanted a tagine. A Le Creuset one would be icing on the cake!

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    Adrienne — July 26, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    Retweeted your tweet @aBigMouthful Gorgeous!

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    Elle — July 26, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    Tweeted, too: http://twitter.com/elleskitchen/status/95936130360422400

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    Julie — July 26, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    I have to admit that I have only had Moroccan food once. We went mostly for the ambiance of the restaurant. I do remember it be heavily spiced. I would love to try this though. I love to cook and this would inspire me to try new recipes at home!!!

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    Marisa — July 26, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    I haven’t tried Moroccan food before, but this looks DELICIOUS!! I would love to win and learn!

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    foodwanderings — July 26, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    Right in the nick of time. OMG I;ve been lusting after this one for awhile now. My favorite cookbooks is Couscous and other foods from Morocco by Paula Wolfert, need I say more?! Great giveaway!

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    Sara m — July 26, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    Unfortunately I haven’t had much experience cooking or eating moroccan food, but the flavors intrigue me and I’m really excited to give it a try!

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    Susan (Oliepants) — July 26, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    I have never eaten Moroccan food but have always wanted to try. God knows I’ve watched so many cooking specials and shows about Moroccan cooking using a tagine. And everything looks so flavorful! I could make tons of use with this. Maybe even explore outside of the Moroccan food – does that mean it’s fusion? :)

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    Cheryl — July 26, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    My only experience with Moroccan food is from watching the Real Housewives of New York when they travel to Morocco ha ha but I would love to try some..

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    Michelle — July 26, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    My most memorable Moroccan ‘meal’ was spiced chickpeas! I know, I know… not a meal but an amazing side dish that even now makes my cheeks start to salivate! Salty and herby and spicy but not so much your eyes watered. I want it now!

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    jenn hk — July 26, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    I first had middle eastern / moroccan food when I lived in New Haven, CT the smallest town with the greatest diversity of food of all cities I’ve ever been in. Would live to bring those tastes to my own kitchen. :)

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    jaclyn — July 26, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    omg, i love love love moroccan food! the first time i tried it was my 1st year of college, i went to a moroccan restaurant and had super spicy chicken with lots of cinnamon…so delish! i’ve made preserved lemons, and i’m obsessed with using them any way i can.

    i have always wanted a tagine! i bet the le creuset one is super-amazing!

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    Megan — July 26, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    I’ve never had Moroccan food but I’m willing/wanting to try everything!
    That dish looks divine, Yum-O!

    Thanks for introducing me to Moroccan food and making it look so good!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — July 26, 2011 @ 4:26 pm

    I love Moroccan food! I love the flavors especially the sweet and spicy!

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    Lynsey — July 26, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

    I have never cooked Moroccan food; however I do love the taste and the contrast of sweet and savory flavors. Your chicken looks delicious; I will definitely have to try this recipe.

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    Melissa — July 26, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

    Well, I have never had Moroccan food, but I did watch the Real Housewives of New York while they got private cooking lessons in Morocco. They used tagines and the recipe seemed simple and delicious. I hope I win so I can start my moroccan food experience…one cannot live on salsa verde chicken enchiladas alone!

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    Judy@Savoring Today — July 26, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    I love new kitchen tools and gadgets! I don’t have any experience with Moroccan food, but I am eager to try new things.

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    The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time — July 26, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

    What a beautiful dish. I can see why you did you tagine dance and I’m so glad that the stars aligned for you because you sincerely deserve that beautiful tagine, especially after seeing what you can do with it! I’ve only had one experience with Moroccan food in my life; a friend, who grew up in Morocco, made a stew that was served with couscous. It was delicious.

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    Carri — July 26, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    Preserved lemons were kind of a revelation to me!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    lauren@spicedplate — July 26, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    I first tried Morrocan food when I lived in the south of Spain, which is close to Morocco geographically. It was delicious, so full of flavor and cooked with love. I’ve never used a tangine but have always wanted to — I hope I get the opportunity to try some day!

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    Barbara — July 26, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    My best memories are of my mom experimenting with various Moroccan recipes and spices. She made THE best food: couscous, lamb, stews, desserts etc. I loved that our heritage is center European, and yet she always strove to incorporate other cultures and foods. We grew up eating predominately healthy, ethnic foods. Love Moroccan!

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    Sarah in Miami — July 26, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    This is definitely one of those dishes that I would love to have but couldn’t justify buying for myself. I definitely plan to attempt this dish, though =)

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    Chantel P. — July 26, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    I don’t own a tagine but one of my good friends owns one and uses it all the time. She makes many absolutely delicious dishes with it. I would love to own one so I can try cooking some tasty Moroccan foods!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — July 26, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

    Wow girlfriend, you ARE obsessed!

    I don’t know that I specifically remember my first Moroccan food experience, but I know I’ve been interested in Moroccan food after seeing “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (Hitchcock film). And I love the Moroccan hummus at a local grocery chain!

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    Abby C — July 26, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    I’ve never had Moroccan food, but I would really like to try this one!

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    Tania Stenzel — July 26, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

    First time I had Moroccan? Hmmm…..My mother use to host themed dinner parties…I remember her having friends over and sneaking into the kitchen to try the food (we always got something else). This made me realize that I don’t think Jason has ever eaten Moroccan….I NEED to win this…so I can make him some yummy food.

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    Tania Stenzel — July 26, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    YAY…..and I tweeted. Really need to learn how to put the link from twitter to here. :)

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    Bridget — July 26, 2011 @ 11:38 pm

    I had to google Moroccan cuisine to see if I’d ever even eaten it. How sad that I can really only name ingredients I’ve used and not true Moroccan dishes! And I just bought some orange flower water, which apparently is used in Moroccan desserts, so now I have no excuse not to try a Moroccan recipe.

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    Caroline — July 26, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    Tweeted about this amazing giveaway! I’ve loved moroccan food since my mom started making it after taking a class. Her specialty is a lamb tagine with preserved lemon. Yum! https://twitter.com/chf1283/status/96061250508824576

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    Caroline — July 26, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

    I messed up my website- reposting, sorry!


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    Ana — July 26, 2011 @ 11:48 pm

    I’ve never had an authentic Moroccan meal, but I did have a chicken w/ chickpeas, tomatoes, and lemon from a W-S recipe that was delicious. A tagine is something I’d love to have, but an LC one- well, I don’t think we could convince my husband that I “need” to buy one right now, so winning one would be amazing! :)

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    Russell van Kraayenburg — July 26, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

    We have an amazing Moroccan restaurant in Austin. I couldn’t get enough of it. I kept going and going. I think I made my friends tired of it even.

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    jon — July 26, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

    been to Morocco, enjoyed the food. However, I will enjoy the awesome food that will be produced from the new tagine by my wonderful cook/wife :)

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    Ana — July 26, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

    I tweeted your giveaway. But I am a noob and don’t know how to link the tweet.. Here it is C&P’d: in reply to ↑
    ana lanni
    @AnaCLanni ana lanni
    @niftyfoodie @TheNoviceChef I’d love to win the @lecreuset Tagine giveaway too;)
    2 minutes ago via web Unfavorite Reply Delete

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    The Novice Chef » Chocolate Sea Salt Cookie & Dulce De Leche Ice Cream Sandwiches — July 27, 2011 @ 12:08 am

    […] you the winner of the Le Creuset Tagine? You have 24 hours to claim […]

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    claire — July 27, 2011 @ 1:51 am

    ive never had moroccon but it sounds fabulous.

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    The Novice Chef » What do you give an injured lemon? Lemonade! — August 3, 2011 @ 1:03 am

    […] You can also make Preserved Lemons! Preserved lemons are a big part of Moroccan dishes like the Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon, Green Olives, & Oregano I made recently. I promised I would share how to make your own preserved lemons at home, and here […]

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    le creuset dutch oven — November 8, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    Thanks for another magnificent post. Where else may anyone get that type of information in such an ideal method of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the search for such info.

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    Vicki — December 29, 2011 @ 12:42 am

    While shopping at the Le Creuset outlet with my daughter, we learned about the tagine and its history. She has had Moroccan food in San Fran and loved it. We both bought a tagine cookbook there and I would love to try out the recipes on a real tagine!

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    judy — February 6, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    I had heard about roasting chickpeas as a salad topping or snack. When i was looking at recipes for them i came across a mixture of spices used in Moroccan foods. Tired it, loved it.

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