If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I hate breakfast. I like brunch, and I suppose I like breakfast on the weekend (which truthfully ends up being more like brunch) but getting my act together in the morning is HARD. I’m one of those people that can eat the same thing for breakfast …

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  Quick Trivia: Snatching the record from Israel, Lebanon holds the world record for the largest bowl of hummus. Check out the article and photo here. According to the article, the Lebanese chefs used 8 tons of boiled hummus, 2 tons of tahini, 2 tons of lemon juice and 154 lbs. of olive oil for their dish “Khoo-moos”… …

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This week I have something unusual for you though very close to the heart of why I started this blog. My friend Sorayya is a video genius. And fortunately for us, she has begun video taping her grandmother cooking traditional Persian recipes. This blog really began as a way for me to connect food, traditional …

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People are WEIRD about cookies. Some people like chewy ones. (numnumnum) Some people like crispy ones. (edges only, please) Some people like plain ones sprinkled with sugar. (snooze fest). Some people like…(ew)…raisins in theirs. But nobody hates chocolate chip cookies. That’s like hating puppies. Nobody likes dry cookies either, but some people like whole wheat …

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Pronounced: Khore-esht-eh Gore-meh Sab-ZEE Sometimes there is just nothing in the fridge. Sometimes there is no money (in the fridge either). But really, sometimes there is just no TIME, and the best you can do is pull out a box of Mac ‘n cheese from the cupboard, pour that neon orange powder over those noodles …

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  A few things first. 1. Pronunciation: “Muh-rock Koo-beh Ah-dome” = Red kubbeh soup. Kind of  a mouth full, so let’s just call it “kubbeh.” 2. Kibbe/kubbeh/kubbi/kubba: sort of a “tuh-may-toe v. tuh-maw-toe” deal here = dough balls (made from semolina or bulgar) stuffed with ground beef (vegetarian suggestion below). Apparently there are over 17 …

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 Shhhh! I have a secret. Come close. A little closer… I think I figured out how to make Cafe Bezalel’s EXTRAORDINARY jam. Now, if you’ve never had it and you’re wondering what it is, and why I’m calling something with cherry tomatoes and star anise “extraordinary,” you are probably in good company. I can actually assure …

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Leah Goldberg wrote: Perhaps only migrating birds know/ Suspended between earth and sky/The heartache of two homelands. After posting last week, I began worrying that I have been straying from my Jerusalem-inspired cooking and settling with recipes that are simply easy to make. This is probably because Trader Joe’s is at my beck and call, the onions …

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Shame on me. I’ve been a little tardy with my posting this week. As an apology, I’m posting two recipes that I’m calling “cheaters,” because you can put them together in NO time and together they almost amount to the time of making one meal. Chocolate bark is, like, the easiest thing ever. You can’t …

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I know what you’re thinking: Um, Lauren, this post is about a month overdue. It’s not warm where I live anymore. Well, allow me gloat for just a moment. Because the weather is pri-taaay, pri-taaaay nice in San Francisco these days. Now, whether or not you can get the wording right the first time, we have …

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