Middle Eastern Beef Kabobs

Kabobs are a great way to literally spice up the usual meatball or hamburger dinner. This recipe uses garlic, fresh parsley and mint as well as some traditional middle- eastern spices to create a warm and pungent kabob. If you don’t feel like making these on skewers, you can also turn them into sliders. Be sure to serve with the spicy parsley sauce on the side for dipping – some in my family think this is the best part! (Adapted from Giada de Laurentiis)
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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)

Yemenite Chicken Soup

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This is a warm and comforting chicken soup, with a delicious Mediterranean twist. The addition of cilantro, dill and parsley as well as the Hawayij spice mix with cardamom, coriander, and turmeric turn this chicken soup into a Yemenite feast. If you like spice, try adding a teaspoon the homemade Zhug to your bowl before taking your first bite - or eat this with a side pita and zhug.

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!

Spanikopita

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Hanukah is all about the cultural battle between the Ancient Jews and Greeks, so why not serve some Greek food on Hanukah? This Spanikopita recipe is full of the usual spinach and feta, but also has lots of fresh dill and parsley to add great bright flavor. I also add some chopped broccoli which lightens up the filling a bit and add some more veggie flavor to balance out the spinach, which can otherwise be heavy. I like to make these into individual triangles, as its always to make individual sized portions that people can pick up with their hands. You can also make this in a 9 by 13 baking dish, lines with phyllo sheets on the top and bottom for a spanakopita that is more like a casserole. Both will taste delicious!
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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.

Roasted Eggplant with Garlic Oil

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I keep waiting for Eggplant to become the new Kale. Eggplant somehow has a poor reputation and does not get much play in the American culinary world, yet I adore it. There are so many great recipes for grilling and roasting eggplant to coax out its sweet and creamy goodness. This recipe roasts eggplant rounds with a coating of garlic oil and the result is a savory side dish with a slight kick.

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

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The Slow cooker is our best friend during ski season, and ski season has officially begun in our family. There is nothing like coming home from a long ski day, to a warm and hearty chicken noodle soup, packed with vegetables and tender chicken. This soup will be a sure hit among skiers and non-skiers alike! (Adapted from Cooks Country)

Mom’s Challah Stuffing

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When I was growing up, my mom didn’t only make stuffing only on Thanksgiving, we ate it on other Jewish holiday meals. What better accompaniment to brisket and saucy chicken, than a challah stuffing! The secret to this stuffing is dried apricots that lend a sweet and tangy flavor along with the parsley and vegetables. I always have extra challahs in my freezer and when my freezer needs to be emptied, this is a great recipe for making more room in there!

Israeli Salad

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This bright and refreshing salad goes well with many meals, and especially well alongside the Sumac Chicken