Ethiopian and Eritrean cooks use this fiery mixture, which usually contains chiles, ginger, and cloves, among other spices, to season wats, or stews, made of lentils, meats, and vegetables.


Note: A generous dose of cayenne gives this stew a lively heat. If you prefer milder spice, reduce the amount to 1 or 2 teaspoons.

Recipe: Beef Stew in Spicy Berbere Sauce



Dan Goldberg

Warm friends with fondue, won tons, great soups, Ethiopian finger foods and more


Parties need not be big to be successful. Sometimes the best parties are casual gatherings of a few friends. Simpler menus ― for you or for your guests to prepare ― help put the focus on the fellowship.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Ethiopian-style dishes make for a finger food feast.

A casual won ton party is easy and fun when everyone helps.

When the weather chills, warm up some friends with star stews.

A make-ahead brunch lets you enjoy your guests' company.

Dinner with a special friend: Valentine menu for two

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