Find Middle Eastern Spices in this NY Shuk

NY SHUK creators Ron and Leetal Arazi. Photo: Eunice Choi

NY SHUK creators Ron and Leetal Arazi. Photo: Eunice Choi

Hankering for those complex Middle Eastern flavors? NY SHUK has created three jarred condiments that may end your search for those nuanced flavors that are difficult to achieve on your own.

Ron and Leetal Arazi’s harissa, tanzeya, and L’ekama, from their NY SHUK pantry, are so authentically Middle Eastern, so delicious, so flexible, that you may soon find yourselves counting on them as staples in your kitchen.  And they make it easy to be creative by posting a wide array of recipes on their website for inspirations. Continue reading

Matzolah Granola for Passover? You Bet!

Photo: Foodman Matzolah

Photo: Foodman Matzolah

This Passover, you can have your granola and eat it too!

Gluten free, all natural, kosher granola, that is. We are thrilled that Foodman’s has expanded their kosher Matzolah line to include a tasty Cranberry-Orange Gluten Free variety just in time for what may be the most challenging Jewish holidays food-wise. This KOF-K certified and  dairy free (pareve) granola couldn’t have come at a better time. Continue reading

Flavor Your Cooking with Middle Eastern Spices

 

photo: Thomas Schauer

photo: Thomas Schauer

Katy Morris

With just a simple dash or a generous sprinkle, you can bring authentic Middle Eastern flavors to your cooking.

Inspired by lots of requests from our readers following our Balaboosta cookbook give-away, we decided to consult the experts on the most oft used Middle Eastern spices.

Here’s how some of our favorite Middle Eastern cooks and chefs recommend you use these spices to elicit authentic flavors in great tasting, Middle Eastern dishes. Continue reading

Blue Hill Yogurt Takes Savory Turn

 

photo: Ben Alsop

photo: Ben Alsop

contributed by Katy Morris

Have you heard about Blue Hill Yogurt yet?

This trailblazing stuff is brilliant! Made with milk from 100% grass-fed cows from family-owned farms in the Northeast and flavored with simple, fresh ingredients, all natural Blue Hill Yogurt is available in 6 VEGGIE based flavors, beet, carrot, sweet potato, butternut squash, tomato, and parsnip. And they’re all gluten-free. Continue reading

Nostalgic For Your Bubbe’s Recipe?

Nicole Juliano Peranick Self Photo

It’s all about love, comfort, joy and a celebration of family traditions at With Love From the Cupboard, a Westport, Connecticut based boutique-styled artisanal bakery full of delectable, heartwarming desserts.

When she was a little girl, Chef and owner of With Love From the Cupboard, Nicole Peranick spent her afternoons and weekends happily baking with her grandmother. She would often tip toe downstairs, as her parents were still sleeping, so she could surprise them with warm pancakes and baked treats she loved to whip up. Continue reading

Love at First Bite

Buddha Cups courtesy of Buddha Chocolates

Buddha Cups courtesy of Buddha Chocolates

contributed by Katy Morris

Charlie Brown’s creator, Charles Schulz may have said it best: “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Are you giddily excited about the upcoming love celebration? Or is the overrated, fabricated and slightly saccharin holiday not even on your radar? Perhaps you are subconsciously planning on Facebook-stalking your ex whilst listening to love songs on Pandora all day?

Regardless of which category you fit into or maybe even none of the above, this post is for you. We loved your response to our previous post about our local chocolate makers so we thought we would expand our reach and share some more chocolatey treats with you for this occasion. Who doesn’t need a good sweet fix once in a while, especially in the dead of winter?

Here are nine tantalizing treats we highly recommend. Continue reading

Local Chocolate In My Own Backyard

Chocholistic dark chocolate and goji berries

Chocholistic dark chocolate and goji berries

contributed by Katy Morris

We are always on the look out for local culinary talent to share with our readers, and with this one, we struck gold….er, uh, chocolate. We’ve found four unique women who have taken Fairfield County, CT by storm with their diverse and delectable chocolate.

Organic, kosher, fair-trade, vegan, raw, GMO and soy free? We’ve got you covered.  And they all sell online so if you don’t live in CT, you can be just as chocolate satisfied as we are. Here’s to local talent! Continue reading