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New title! The Kasbah Chronicles

Fall 2011

Friend and e-marketing expert Chris Pemberton came up with the catchy Kasbah Chronicles during a brainstorming session held over a strawberry waffle smothered in an Everest of whipped cream, specialty of the DipSea Café, in Mill Valley (CA). In addition to having brainstorms, Chris manufactures exotic spice blends such Moroccan ras-el-hanout, which he markets through his website, http://www.originspices.com. Merci, Chris!

 August took me to a number of venues in California, to give presentations on Moroccan cuisine and culture. 


The French Culinary Institute (Campbell, CA)

Seventy participants attended my talk in my hometown library, inVista (CA). What fun to see you all. Shokran to others in the Bay Area, who came to hear me, talk to me, or sample my food, first at the impressive International Culinary Center/French Culinary Institute in Campbell (CA),  then at the charming library set among the vines in St Helena (Napa Valley), Le Creuset’s outlet stores in Gilroy and Vacaville (I got to cook with Le Creuset's rainbow-colored, cast iron enamel tagines!) and Omnivore Books, a cookbook collectors' heaven in San Francisco. http://www.omnivorebooks.com.

At Omnivore Books. Stuffed dates? Are you serious?

(If you come up with a better caption, please let me know!)

As luck would have it, I took the opportunity  to visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, both featuring works from the collections of Leo and Gertrude Stein. Gertrude Stein was one of my "literary heroines when I attended study university. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would one day stand in the middle of her recreated  "living room" amidst the Steins' awe inspiring collection of early twentieth century art.

 I know Fall is finally here because of the prolific crop of figs weighing down our Long Yellow tree. The abundance of fruit provides the impetus for ferreting out recipes that incorporate fresh figs! Please, please, share your ideas with me! Our scottie, Olive, is dedicated to the task: She eats figs that fall to the ground, but not before daintily removing their skin.

 THE HOLIDAYS are ALMOST UPON US:  Put up jars of preserved lemons! They make a great gift! The best Moroccan preserved lemons are the ones you make yourself! OR fill gift boxes with these Moroccan confections. Many presentation attendees requested the recipe for the almond and sesame seed selloh "truffles" I served as samples. 


Kitty's Selloh

Toasted Flour, Honey, Butter, Sesame and Almond Truffles

Makes about 50 (one inch) truffles

 Selloh, a traditional Moroccan confection made of ground almonds, ground sesame.seeds, and toasted flour, is usually served during the month of Ramadan. Moroccan cooks traditionally present it in a mound. If the mixture is too crumbly to form little truffles, add more melted butter. The recipe appears in my first cookbook, Come with me to the Kasbah: A Cook’s Tour of Morocco.

 1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 1/4 cups whole blanched almonds, toasted

1 cup (about 6 ounces) sesame seeds, toasted

2 tablespoons aniseed, toasted

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Powdered sugar for coating

 In a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, toast the all-purpose and whole-wheat flours in batches, stirring frequently until the mixture emits a pleasant, toasted aroma and turns light brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the cinnamon and the sugar. Set aside.

 In a spice grinder, finely grind in increments, the almonds, sesame seeds, and aniseed. Add to flour mixture. Stir in honey and butter. Mix well with your hands.  If the mixture is too crumbly to form little truffles, add more melted butter.

 Sift powdered sugar into a large bowl. Roll 1 level tablespoon of the selloh mixture between your palms to make balls 1-inch in diameter. Gently toss the truffles in sugar to coat. Set them in fluted paper cups. Selloh keeps well for up to 4 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Saturday, October 1

I team up with award-winning Chef Bernard Guillas of

The Marine Room in La Jolla


Macy’s Mission Valley School of Cooking

1555 Camino de la Reina

San Diego CA 92108

Reservations: (619) 291-1111


Noon to 1:30PM

Free and Open to the public


Until next time! 

NOTE: I am trying to free up shelf space and have posted a list of cookbooks for sale on the page titled:

Cookbooks for sale from my private collection. Please e-mail me for additional information. 



Summer 2011 Appearances




 Please join me

in San Diego County


A Taste of Morocco

 Vista Library

700 Eucalyptus Avenue

Vista 92084




Thursday, August 4

6-7:30 PM

Recently Added to the

Summer Reading Club  Program Schedule  


Sip a cup of fresh mint tea, and let Vista resident and author Kitty Morse introduce you to the culture, cuisine, and colorful souks (open air markets) of her native Morocco. During the 50-minute Power Point presentation, you will discover the history and technique behind family recipes handed down through the generations, from exotic stews known as tagines, to couscous, and world-renowned bestila, the sweet, saffron-scented chicken “pie” that is the crowning dish of Morocco's culinary repertoire. A book signing will follow the presentation. 



A Taste of the Kasbah 

Tuesday, August 23

The International Culinary Center of California

Home of The French Culinary Institute

700 West Hamilton Avenue

Campbell, CA  95006

408.370.5521 (p)


Students and FCI Members only

Presentation on Moroccan Cuisine and Culture, Sampling of Moroccan Specialties , and book signing


Wednesday, August 24th

Le Creuset

Vacaville Premium Outlets

111 Nut Tree Road

Suite B, Vacaville

(707) 453-0620

Public Invited

1PM to 2:30PM

Please call the store to confirm time


Learn how to prepare a tagine using Le Creuset’s stunning cast iron and enamel tagine pot. Booksigning of

Cooking at the Kasbah: Recipes from my Moroccan Kitchen


Thursday, August 25th

  “Mmm! Mmm! Moroccan Food


Featuring Kitty Morse

St. Helena Public Library

1492 Library Lane

St. Helena, CA 94574

(707) 963-5264

Public Invited

7PM to 8:30PM



“Discover the wonderful world of Moroccan cooking. Kitty Morse will talk about the blend of cultural influences—some ancient and some recent—that make Moroccan food so special. Kitty’s presentation, will include a short cooking demonstration and some taste treats.”


Saturday, August 27th

drop in for a chat and a taste


Omnivore Books on Food

3885a Cesar Chavez Street

San Francisco, CA 94131


Public invited



If you haven’t yet visited this little gem of a cookbook store, do so! Short cooking demonstration (with samplings!), and book signing.


Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Le Creuset

Gilroy Premium Outlets

8225 Arroyo Circle, Space #24


(408) 848-6619

Noon to 2PM

Please call the store to confirm time

March 2011

 Kitty will be cooking Moroccan dishes using Le Creuset’s rainbow colored, cast iron and enamel tagines, and signing copies of her book, Cooking at the Kasbah: Recipes from my Moroccan Kitchen.


Saturday, March 19th, 2011


Le Creuset’s outlet store

48750 Seminole Dr, # 108

Cabazon, CA 92230



TIME: 1PM to 3PM

 Cabazon Outlet Mall is located 25 minutes from Palm Springs and approximately 1 hour east of Pasadena.

 Make a day of it! Drop in and chat!


Repeat performance!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Noon to 2 PM

Le Creuset Outlet Store

Carlsbad Company Stores

Carlsbad, CA

Near Legoland and the Flower Fields

(760) 931-6868


APRIL 2011


Saturdays at the Ranch


Assist  Kitty in preparing YOUR own meatless

 Moroccan dinner 

at the lovely La Cocina que Canta

Rancho La Puerta Resort and Spa

Tecate, Baja California


Saturday, April 2, 2011


Saturday April 9, 2011

visit www.rancholapuerta.com to sign up

and view the menu 

Act quickly!

Saturday cooking classes are very popular!


April 2010 book signing

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Time: 1-3PM


e-mail: lecreuset37@lecreuset.com


Make a day of it! 

Join me for a book signing and a cooking demonstration followed by a tasting at the Le Creuset Company Store located in the beautiful Carlsbad Company Stores mall in Carlsbad, CA, a stone’s throw from Legoland and the famous Carlsbad Flower Fields. Browse around Le Creuset’s colorful merchandise while sampling a tagine and other Moroccan specialties. Or just drop by and  chat! 

A bientot!