This is one of my favorite middle eastern street foods. There is nothing like a warm pita, stuffed with crispy falafel balls, crunchy fresh Israeli salad and tahini. You can, of course, add a myriad other toppings, like spicy sauce (harif), pickled turnips and fried eggplant, but this recipes goes for that bite of simple and delicious authentic falafel. (Adapted from Joan Nathan)
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I normally associate lasagna with summer veggies. This is a great winter version, that uses butternut squash, Kale and mushrooms along with the warm flavors of nutmeg, sage and thyme to create an earthy and filling lasagna to be enjoyed as the snow falls and summer is a distant memory.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

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Chicken nuggets are the kid’s meal that all adults love to eat – and these are chicken nuggets that you can feel good about eating. I like to make a double batch of these and freeze the extras on a sheet pan and then once frozen, put them in a bag to eat later! And there you have it –homemade chicken nuggets that you can pull out of your freezer whenever you need them!

Palacsintas

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This is the Hungarian version of crepes, although much easier to make, once you get the hang of it, and much more fun to eat. These very thin pancakes are traditionally served with a mixture of ground nuts, cinnamon and sugar, which are sprinkled generously on the palacsinta, after which you roll it up and eat it like a long jellyroll! For a more updated version, swap out the cinnamon, nut mixture for your favorite Jam. You’ll never forget the recipe, as its 1:1:1: egg, milk and flour. I always make at least double, since there never seem to be enough to go around!

Chicken Paprikash with Knokerly

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Does it get more Hungarian than Chicken Paprikash? This dish takes all of the most popular Hungarian vegetables, green peppers, onions, tomatoes and of course lots of paprika, and slow cooks them with chicken until they are very tender and melt in your mouth. You can serve this with rice, which you can cook with the chicken and vegetable, but if you want to be authentic, try making the Knokerly, which are delicious Hungarian dumpling noodles. They soak up the gravy and were always my favorite part of dish when I was young. If you want to taste Hungary on a plate, this is the dish for you!

Michelle’s Hanukah Cookies

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For the past many years, my kids make these cookies with their nanny, Michelle. They are both delicious and a great Hanukah activity for kids. Have the kids decorate the cookies and enjoy the delicious cookies and the mess! (Adapted from Good Housekeeping)
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Have you ever had a super thin and crispy boneless chicken breast? This is the one to try. The key to this dish is twofold: pounding the chicken breast thin and the bright lemon and caper sauce that your pour over the top. Serve this with your favorite risotto and tasteguru’s arugala and fennel salad.

Chickpea and Artichoke Tagine

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For those of you who are wrapped up in the instant pot/pressure cooker craze, this recipe is for you. It turns dry chick peas into creamy deliciousness in just 25 minutes (even at altitude). Lemon zest, Mediterranean spices along with artichoke hearts and carrots come together for a flavorful tagine that will taste like it was simmering all day long. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can substitute canned chick peas. (Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen)
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These are latkes with a twist, in this case a twist of lemon. Fried zucchini is always delicious, and this latke recipe takes zucchini and scallions and fries them up latke style. The real pop in this recipe comes from the amazing lemon zest cream, which has double lemon, in zest and juice form, as well as fresh garlic. Eat the hot and crispy zucchini fritters along with the cool and refreshing sauce.

Mini Latke Trio

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These little latkes are a great Hanukah finger food for your next party. Each latke comes with its own sauce that you can put on top. Try the traditional latkes with homemade applesauce, the zucchini latkes with lemon zest cream or the sweet potatoe latkes with sriracha aioli. If you make them all, have a taste test to see which ones your guests like best!