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Zucchini Latkehs Hannukah RECIPE

A healthier spin on the season’s  traditional potato pancakes. Hannukah is one of the most fun holidays in the Jewish calendar, maybe because for a full eight days there’s a feeling of celebration in the air. Family folks often quit work early to be home in time for the candle-lighting ceremony, games with the kids […]

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Jerusalem Cookbook and Green Prophet’s Review

Author of the hugely popular cookbook Plenty, Yotam Ottolenghi teamed up with  co-chef Sami Tamimi to produce a cookbook that will dazzle, inspire, and satisfy your senses. Both men were born the same year in Jerusalem; Ottolenghi in the western Jewish side and Tamimi in Arab east Jerusalem.  They  never met until they were in […]

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Israel Strengthens Environmental Ties to Africa: Part 2

Investing in African Agriculture This past April, MASHAV, Israel’s agency for international development cooperation, signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The memorandum is aimed at addressing food security through partnerships with farmers in Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Israel will contribute expertise in irrigation, water technologies, agricultural […]

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Iraqi Stuffed Grape Leaves RECIPE

In the Middle East, recipes for stuffed vegetables and leaves evolved from a simple, thrifty way with meat to a culinary passion. Careful housewives have long known that a little ground meat goes a long way when artfully seasoned and combined with rice. But it took imagination and care to develop the recipes of stuffed […]

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Eggplant Lovers Get New Sabich Restaurant in Tel Aviv

Iraq meets Israel in Tel Aviv at this new sabich restaurant. Givatayim’s legendary eggplant-maker Oved Daniel, whom they call the “professor of sabich [Iraqi eggplant dish] science,” is opening up a new restaurant in Tel Aviv. Previously a gifted soccer player, today Daniel is a local food celebrity whose specialty sabich is one of Israel’s […]

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Pop Your Own Chemical-Free Popcorn

Crunchy, tasty popcorn, made on your stove top, with nothing but goodness in it. My friend was amused that I have no microwave oven. How can I deal with food all day long and not own one? And how were we going to pop the popcorn she’d brought over? The health risks associated with microwave […]

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Mafroum, Moroccan Stuffed Potatoes: RECIPE

Mafroum potatoes melt in your mouth and fill your senses with truly Middle Eastern flavors. A festive dish, mafroum is one of those foods that reminds me of Moroccan grandmothers who bustle into the kitchen, don an apron, and lovingly conjure delicious food out of vegetables and meat fresh from the shouk.And one of the […]

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ABC News Sued Over Pink Slime

Beef Products Inc says that the ABC network is to blame for its economic woes. What’s in a name? Beef Products Inc (BPI) is suing ABC News for $1.2 billion, claiming economic damage from  the network’s use of the words “pink slime” to describe the mass of connective tissue ground together, washed in ammonia, and […]

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Drinking Camel Milk For Diabetes

What’s good for baby camels may be great for diabetic humans. Nomads have always considered camel’s milk a medicine, but only recently has science confirmed it. We’re in agreement – see our 6 green reasons for drinking camel milk. While folks in Dubai enjoy coffee- and chocolate-flavored camel milk drinks, researchers view the thin, bland […]

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Mechouia, Grilled Vegetable Salad RECIPE

Tunisian flavors come together deliciously in a salad of charred, chopped vegetables. Tunisian food features dishes based on simple ingredients dressed in plenty of heat and spice. Mechouia salad is typical of this sunny cuisine, like Shakshukah. Hard-boiled eggs offset chilies and make mechouia a filling vegetarian dish. To capture this salad’s most authentic flavor, […]

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Tahini is also a Middle Eastern Pasta Sauce

Try something a little different than plain-old tomato sauce on your pasta. Try tahini! On my first night CouchSurfing in Haifa, Israel, in the cozy apartment of a young married couple, the three of us sat down, along with a local friend, at the table on the balcony to eat dinner – which, surprisingly, the […]

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5 Cool No-Cook Recipes For Summer Dining

Need to put a good meal together but it’s too hot to cook? Here’s an easy menu for those hot-weather meals. Knowing that hot days are still ahead, the wise cook organizes a plan for dishes that take only minutes to prepare, yet satisfy those fickle summer appetites. First, take a look in your refrigerator. […]

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Syrian Mint Lemonade RECIPE

Called polo in Syria, try this refreshing Middle East mint lemonade to beat the heat. Like our cooling vegan cold almond milk and Turkish aryan yogurt drink, this herbal lemonade cools the body and soothes heated spirits.And it’s not only good, it’s good for you. Mint is packed with vitamin C, which helps you withstand […]

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Holy Chick Pea! Jordan Bursts Falafel World Record

Last Saturday, ten chefs from Jordan cooked up the world’s largest falafel.   Jordan joined the Guinness Book of World Records this week for the world’s biggest falafel. The super culinary feat was witnessed by a Guinness official who confirmed the falafel as “the world’s largest”. Fame was fleeting for the phenomenal falafel, weighing in […]

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Baghrir, Moroccan Crepe to Break Ramadan Fasts RECIPE

Homey, comforting and light, these crepes of 1000 holes make a delicious start to a Ramadan Iiftar (break-fast) meal. As Arwa pointed out, what a body wants after a day’s fast is light, nutritious food (see Arwa’s list of links to our favorite Iftar recipes).  Carbs and something sweet suit the bill, giving that initial, […]