Hummus and Borscht Play Nicely at 12 Chairs

hummus falafel and pickles

Anyone who has swiped steaming freshly baked pita around a bowl of authentic and creamy hummus knows the real deal when they taste it.

The chickpeas are blended to a velvety smoothness with the help of tehina (sesame paste), seasoned simply with chopped or pureed garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a dusting of paprika and parsley. Done!

Sounds so simple, but it can easily go awry. 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

Earthly Delights at Dirt Candy

 

photo courtesy of Dirt Candy

photo courtesy of Dirt Candy

By Hannah Kaminsky

No larger than a modest walk-in closet, this unassuming storefront in the East Village, NYC, is lined not with clothing racks but compact tables, hungry customers flanking all available sides. You don’t eat at Dirt Candy for the ambiance, Continue reading

Greek Style Japanese Eggplant

Greek Stuffed Japanese Eggplant

 

Recipe and Photo courtesy of Marcia Selden Catering

The eggplant can get a bad wrap.  Those shiny purple orbs can often seem intimidating, but fear not, our baked stuffed eggplant is perfectly delicious!  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

It’s a Sweet Week for Non-Dairy Desserts

 

photo courtesy of Shannon Sarna

photo courtesy of Shannon Sarna

Contributed by Shannon Sarna, blogger and content editor at The Nosher.

I hate pareve desserts. Hate. Despise. Abhor. Loathe. Detest. Any other synonyms I missed?

In my culinary endeavors, I am first and always a baker. I love using butter, heavy cream and buttermilk whenever possible. So pareve baking is truly the worst challenge with which I have to contend as a kosher cook. Continue reading

Seasonal Snippet: Diggin’ Rutabagas

image courtesy of Fort Hill Farm, CT

image courtesy of Fort Hill Farm, CT

contributed by Katy Morris

In the bitter cold of February here in the Northeast, we are shining the spotlight on a locally grown, versatile root vegetable, the rutabaga.

 Ruta- What?

Rutabagas, otherwise known as swedes, are members of the Brassica family. Although not brightly colored or calling out for attention like some of your other winter favorites, don’t overlook this pleasantly earthy, mildly sweet veg. 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