Seven Vegetable Couscous

Last night, the world in general, and American women in particular, lost an icon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Notorious RBG, died at the age of 87. The tiny legal legend was a champion for equal rights for women and the queen of dissent on the Supreme Court. The news of her death hit me harder... Continue Reading →

Cypriot Carnival Bourekia

Happy Mardi Gras (Carnival, Shrove Tuesday, etc)! Here in the US, we associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans' celebrations alone. But this week I reminded myself that not everyone celebrates with beads, King Cake, Cajun food, and exposed breasts. So I looked into worldwide traditions, with the hopes of picking a different dish to make... Continue Reading →

Homemade Margaritas (Two Recipes!)

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 🇲🇽🇲🇽 As a general rule, Americans aren't usually celebrating the correct thing when we get excited about Cinco de Mayo. Rumor has it that most Americans think this day is Mexico's Independence Day, which it is not. Instead Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over France at the Battle of... Continue Reading →

Persian Spiced Lentil Soup

Happy first day of spring! Or if you're of Persian descent, Happy Nowruz! Nowruz literally translates to "new day" and is the name for the Persian new year, which occurs on the vernal (spring) equinox. The holiday has been celebrated for thousands of years and is a holy day from the Zoroastrian tradition, though it... Continue Reading →

Our Dublin Coddle

While the rest of you are celebrating Saint Patrick's Day, I'm vacillating between the five stages of grief over UVA's loss last night. I guess this post is helping me move past the denial stage, given that I just wrote the words "UVA's loss." My very caring and loving husband, is being even nicer to... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Rugelach

We may have mentioned it once or twice, or a million times, but Selim definitely has the sweet tooth in this family. I could eat chips & dip for the rest of my life, but Selim could easily subsist on sweets, especially chocolate! We like to joke that he has a separate dessert stomach. It's... Continue Reading →

Potato Latkes

If there's any dish that just screams 'Hanukkah,' it's potato latkes. Latkes are traditional Hanukkah fare not for the dish itself, but for the oil its fried in. Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights; it celebrates the miracle of one day's worth of oil lasting for eight days. Over 2000 years ago, the... Continue Reading →

Hanukkah Feast 2017

Today is the Friday of Hanukkah for 2017. We're not Jewish, but always have thought that this blog was a great excuse to cook and sample foods from all of the world's countries, cultures, and religions... Holidays just seem to be the logical place to start. Selim loves Jewish food. He grew up in Cleveland, which... Continue Reading →

Wine & Honey Brisket

When I decided to make surprise Hanukkah dinner tonight, I knew I wanted to make latkes and dessert, but what to make for a main dish...? I've never made brisket before, but I don't live under a rock. I know that this cut of meat is beloved by Jewish bubbes and Texas pit-masters alike. Honestly,... Continue Reading →

Friendsgiving 2017

"The best part of life is when your family become your friends and your friends become your family." I love that "Friendsgiving" is a thing now. I just learned that while obviously friends have been gathering for meals for a long time, "Friendsgiving" became a thing, marked by its entrance into the Urban Dictionary lexicon... Continue Reading →

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