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When I came home with a small pile of beautiful tiny eggplants, my husband made an emergency phone call to his mother in Egypt to ask her for her pickled eggplant recipe.  I have never seen him waiting so eagerly for food as while he spent a whole half hour waiting for the eggplants to [...]

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Baked yams are one of my family’s favorite breakfasts in the fall and winter. The baking yams will fill your home with a sweet smell similar to sweet potato pie. They take mere moments of active cooking time, and don’t even dirty a pan. The only catch is that you’ll have to be awake an [...]

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When a recipe measures onions by the pound, you know it’s going to be good. My mother-in-law grew up in Damietta, Egypt.  Damietta is just a stone’s throw from the point where the Nile meets the Mediterranean Sea.  As you might imagine, people from this region eat a lot of fish.  I have had the [...]

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Eid al-Fitr is the Islamic holiday marking the end of Ramadan, and in Egypt Eid al-Fitr means kahk.  Every family makes kahk a little differently, and Eid visits always involve exchanges of kahk.  All of the women have a friendly competition about whose kahk is the best, but to every son, including my husband, no [...]

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Today is September 1 and I just realized that this is the first time I’ve used zucchini this year. I’ve been meaning to try this recipe for almost a week, ever since I saw it on Kahakai Kitchen. Deb called it raw zucchini hummus, and I was thinking it was more like baba ghannouj when [...]

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Ketayef is a traditional sweet eaten across the Middle East during Ramadan. Ketayef are similar to pancakes. They are stuffed with a nut filling or cheese filling, and folded in half into a half circle shape. The texture of the ketayef allows the half circle to be sealed simply by pressing it together at the [...]

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Kofte is a type of kebab.  It is usually made with red meat or chicken, with a lot of flavor mixed in before cooking in the form of herbs, spices, onions, and garlic.  My recipe is a hybrid between kofte and American style meatballs, and has a far higher proportion of plant food than the [...]

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Koshari is a beloved Egyptian street food.  In Egypt it is rarely cooked at home, but it is quite easy and inexpensive to prepare.  It is best to cook this on a relaxing day when you are not in a hurry for dinner because while it requires little active cooking time, it does take a [...]

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Whole red lentils are red lentils whose shells have not been removed. The shells are green-brown in color. These lentils, also called crimson lentils, are available in Middle Eastern grocery stores. A soup similar to this one is common in Egypt; I added the celery and carrots to sneak a few veggies into the dish.  [...]

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Once upon a time I picked up a container of ready made baba ghannouj at the grocery store.  Looking over the package, I saw that it contained inexplicable ingredients like “soybean oil” and “mayonnaise.”   Mayonnaise?  Seriously?  In fact, I have never seen a ready made baba ghannouj that contained the simple ingredients that someone [...]

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