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Persian-Style Chicken

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Tu b'shevat, the New Year for Trees, begins this year sundownon January 15th.  It's really cool that Tu B'shvat falls on the 15th this year because Tu b'shevat literally refers to the 15th day of the Hebrew month of shvat. 

While it may seem silly to celebrate trees in this frigid US winter, in Israel it's traditional this time of year to plant a tree, both literally and figuratively.

It is also traditional to eat foods that were plentiful in Israel during biblical times: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives (usually in the form of oil) and honey (technically date honey, but bee honey is more easily found in the US).  Collectively, these foods are known as the "seven species."  

Because almond trees are in bloom this time of year in Israel, almonds are unofficially considered the 8th species.  Persian-style chicken is traditionally made with ground walnuts, but since I prefer to use slivered almonds instead, this is almost the perfect Tu…

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