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Vegetables and lamb simmer in an aromatic stew that moistens crisp flatbread in this Arabian dish.

Garlicky yogurt tops this dish of stewed poultry and chickpeas over toasted pita bread.

Winter citrus adds sweetness to the classic cocktail, brimming with a bouquet of garnishes.

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