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Middle Eastern

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor. Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call it dinner.

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor.  Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call…

Couscous Almondine Salad with a spiced lemon vinaigrette is a complete departure from your everyday pasta salad! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Couscous Almondine Salad

This Couscous Almondine Salad is inspired by one of the pricey pre-made salads at my favorite grocery store — it’s easy to throw together, it’s chocked full of great tastes, it’s healthy as all get out, and it keeps…

Jeweled Tabbouleh Salad

Jeweled Tabbouleh

Jeweled Tabbouleh is a joyful cracked wheat salad studded with colorful, gem-like fruits and nuts…if your body is a temple, this is definitely something  you’ll want to invite inside ;) This recipe has been hanging out in my head…

Hummus with Forty Cloves is a guaranteed conversation starter!

Hummus with Forty Cloves

Hummus with Forty Cloves is full-bodied but surprisingly mellow…the secret is a long slow roasting of all that garlic! I don’t do things by halves.  Why should I when I can get such great results by pushing the envelope…

hummus with juicy turkey zucchini meatballs

Hummus with Turkey & Zucchini Meatballs

It doesn’t get any better than hummus.  Unless of course you top it with skewers of juicy turkey zucchini meatballs and drizzle it all with a lemony yogurt sauce.  Just writing about it makes me hungry all over again. …

jalapeno goat cheese is fabulous on crackers or pita chips

Jalapeno Goat Cheese

We discovered this amazing jalapeno goat cheese spread, or dip, at our favorite Middle Eastern stand at the farmers market.  The guy sells a dizzying array of yogurts, dips, salads and spreads.  It’s like a colorful mosaic of little…

bulgar wheat and parsley make up a wonderful Tabouleh Salad

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a fresh wheat and parsley salad that has been a fixture of Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries.  This delicious classic salad never gets old… Tabbouleh is the queen of warm weather salads.  I can probably count on…

freshly cooked homemade pita bread

How to Make Perfect Pita Bread Every Time

How to Make Perfect Pita Bread Every Time, it’s easier than you think, and you’ll never go back to the stuff in bags again, guaranteed! I promised you homemade pita bread when I posted last week’s CRUSHED LENTILS, and…

Mejadra from Jerusalemn

Mejadra (from Jerusalem)

Are you ready for some serious comfort food, Middle Eastern style?  Mejadra, (or Mujaddara) is a hearty basmati rice and lentil dish that’s sustained  Muslims, Christians, and Jews for centuries. Now we all can get in on the action…

Turkey & Zucchini Burgers with Green Onion and Cumin 1

Turkey and Zucchini Burgers with Green Onion and Cumin

Turkey and Zucchini Burgers with Green Onion and Cumin ~ I can’t resist a burger that’s packed with greens, whether it’s green veggies, leafy greens, or fresh herbs, it doesn’t matter, greens mixed in with the meat make burgers…

The Best Falafel EVER! 7

The Best Falafel Recipe

The Best Falafel is crispy on the outside, a brilliant emerald green on the inside, with tons of flavor and a great fluffy texture!  This classic vegan snack is one of my all time favorites! It’s been a great…

Citrus Salad

Minimal Monday: Citrus Salad with Pomegranate & Pistachio

Citrus Salad with Pomegranate and Pistachio is a wonderful way to celebrate citrus season! I get so excited when I see the citrus fruit start to flood into the stores in December.  I’ve been buying tangerines and clementines, cara…

Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus is guaranteed to get the conversation started at your next cocktail party!  Pumpkin adds a nice complexity to this hummus without screaming at you.  And don’t worry, there’s nothing sweet about it… but it does gets a…

Baba Ganoush, a wonderful Middle Eastern eggplant appetizer

Smokey Baba Ganoush

Smokey Baba Ganoush is a wonderfully rich creamy Middle Eastern Dip that might just give hummus a run for its money! Like its cousin, hummus, baba ganoush is a very simple but irresistible Middle Eastern dip, only instead of…

Cardamom and Brandy Poached Figs

Cardamom and Brandy Poached Figs is a simple, but luxurious dessert. I’ve got two fig recipes lined up for this week because this is it, high fig season, and you need to grab them while you can.  Green  black,…

Ottolenghi's Chicken with caramelized Onions and Cardamom Rice

Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice

 Chicken with Caramelized Onion and Cardamom Rice is probably the most requested recipe in my house, this is a must-make! I will say right from the start that this meal is spectacular, very easy to make, and the rice…

Roasted Chicken with Clementines

Roasted Chicken with Clementines is a masterful dish from Yotam Ottolenghi with layers of flavor punctuated by those gorgeous charred clementines! Here’s another tribute to the new cookbook Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, the two London-based chefs…

How to Make Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons is a unique condiment that brightens up lots of Middle Eastern recipes but can be hard to find in stores ~ I’ll show you how to make preserved lemons right at home, it’s easy! In parts of…

Persian Mixed Herb Frittata (Kuku Sabzi)

Persian Mixed Herb Frittata (Kuku Sabzi) is a traditional Middle Eastern egg dish that is literally loaded with fresh herbs! At this point all that’s going to get done has been done.  There’s no use fretting about what could…

Minimal Monday: Pomegranate Molasses

I recently discovered pomegranate molasses and there’s been no looking back since.  It’s a condiment that is really just a concentrated form of pomegranate juice, and it’s been used in Persian and Arabic cuisines for centuries.  It has no…

Sfeeha: Middle Eastern Lamb and Pine Nut Pies with Tzatziki

These little appetizer sized pies made with a spiced lamb filling are common in the Middle East.  There are lots of variations; some are bite sized, some are like little pizzas, but they all have a filling of spiced…

Imam Bayildi, ‘The Priest Wept’ (Turkish Stuffed Eggplant)

Imam Bayildi, ‘The Priest Wept’ (Turkish Stuffed Eggplant) is a vivacious vegetarian dish! I have the worst shopping habits.  My mother always tried to teach me to buy complete outfits, not random bits and pieces that happen to catch…

Traditional Middle Eastern Laffa Bread

How to Make Laffa Bread

Laffa Bread is a traditional Middle Eastern Bread that is easy to make at home, right on the stove top, and has so much more character than plain old pita bread ~ First up, I don’t get this aggressive…