Cinnamon: Cinnamon comes from the bark of a tropical evergreen, just like its cousin cassia. It has an ancient pedigree, even being used to embalm a few pharaohs. That may not sound appetizing, but it has been found to be good for the heart, the stomach and the joints. Not impressed yet? Well consider that it also seems to mimic insulin and therefore helps diabetics moderate their sugar levels. So don't be shy with this tasty and healthy spice.

Dried Fruit and Almond Haroseth

prep time: 10


  • 3/4 cup pitted dates (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 6 small Calimyrna figs, stemmed
  • 1 small orange, seeded, cubed
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 dash cayenne
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine


Coarsely chop first 7 ingredients in processor. Add wine and blend, using on/off turns, until orange is finely chopped but mixture is still chunky. Transfer to bowl. DO AHEAD Can be made 4 days ahead. Cover, chill.