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Middle Eastern

  • Recipe

    Chocolate Cardamom Bundt Cake

    The addition of ground cardamom and instant espresso to this chocolate cake calls to mind the tradition of cardamom coffee practiced throughout the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Cardamom’s floral…

  • Menu

    A Sephardic-Inspired Passover Dinner

    This Passover meal truly is different from all others—that is, different from the Ashkenazi-tradition menus many of us grew up with. Instead, it draws its inspiration from the Sephardic traditions…

  • Recipe

    Slow Cooker Shakshuka with Feta and Olives

    Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in a rich, flavorful tomato sauce. It’s comfort food that can be found all over the Middle East. Serve it with a slab…

  • Recipe

    Sour Cherry Persian Rice

    Steaming makes the rice fluffy, but searing creates the crisp crust on the bottom of the pan. Known as the tahdig, it’s a signature component of Persian rice. Note: If…

  • Recipe

    Chickpea and Cauliflower Salad with Curry Vinaigrette and Spiced Yogurt

    Hearty chickpeas make for a filling dish. Substitute fava or cannellini beans, if you like. Wonderful on its own as a meatless main, this salad also makes a great accompaniment…

  • Recipe

    Herbed Israeli Couscous with Tuna and Preserved Lemon

    The bright Mediterranean flavors of this dish are nicely balanced by the pearls of Israeli couscous. Jarred preserved lemons are available at well-stocked markets, or you can make your own.

  • Recipe

    Moroccan Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

    Cinnamon-and-cumin spiced cauliflower steaks are the starring attraction in this vibrant vegetarian main. They’re roasted with cherry tomatoes and chickpeas, and are served with a cooling mint and dill yogurt…

  • Recipe

    Jeweled Israeli Couscous

    This simple side is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Use whatever tender herbs you have on hand. Parsley and cilantro make fine substitutions for mint.

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    Spinach-Feta Rugelach

    The classic combination of spinach and feta shines in this twist on rugelach.

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    Spiced Sweet Potato Gratin

    With their lovely orange color and gentle sweetness, sweet potatoes are an appealing gratin ingredient. Adding a few Middle Eastern spices and citrus zest is a fragrant, exotic touch.

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