Appetizers

Passover Vegetarian Kuftes

April 11, 2011
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A wonderful vegetarian side dish, Kufte de Prassa without meat uses mashed potatoes to bind the leeks together in a patty rather than ground beef. My Nona used to make these and my mother, we call her Nona now, always talks about this dish with very fond memories. I think for immigrants on a very […]

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Baba Ganoush

October 16, 2010
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Baba Ganoush, alternatively known as chatzilim (Hebrew for eggplants), or eggplant dip, with its smoky, earthy, strong garlic flavor is sublime on pita bread, crackers, or in falafel filled pita pockets.  My favorite way to enjoy baba ganoush is in an Israeli mezze buffet, including hummus, many salads, and various grilled kabobs.

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Kibbeh Senia

October 8, 2010
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Kibbeh are a Middle Eastern favorite loved by all.  From Syrians to Lebanese, from Iraqi to Turkish there are many different versions of Kibeh, Koobeh, or Kuba.  Bulgur crusted dumplings, stuffed with spiced ground meat, kibbeh are most often served deep fried in shapes like torpedoes, and many times served steamed in stews or pot […]

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Bastilla, Moroccan Chicken and Phyllo Pie

September 29, 2010
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Bastilla, a bit of Moroccan genius, is a dish to serve when you want to impress your guests and have time to cook.  Having consumed various Bastillas and been intrigued and delighted with the combination of chicken, cinnamon, and almonds, I never dreamed of recreating it at home.  Until that is a dear friend and […]

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Sephardic Turkish Salad

July 21, 2010
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Matbucha or Turkish Salad Did you ever notice a deep red, spread consistency, rich flavored dish served on most Mezze platters or displays? Commonly known in Israel as Turkish salad, or Matbucha, it may be Moroccan in origin

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