Am always on the hunt for new flavors and dishes (at least ones that are new to me). So, upon stumbling across Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake of sorts, I was immediately intrigued. Okonomiyaki translates into “grill as you like” — okonomi (“as you like” or “what you wish”) and yaki (“grill”). Traditionally, okonomiyaki are prepared on Japanese … Continue Reading

There’s hummus (or at least what we’re accustomed to here in the United States) and then there’s msabbaha. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of msabbaha until recently. Actually, my husband came across a reference to msabbaha in a book he’s reading — Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War. Whenever he discovers a dish or recipe that … Continue Reading

After recently moving from Brooklyn to Philadelphia (wow, nearly five months, has it been that long?) there are definitely things I miss about NYC. Pizza, of course (head to Brooklyn for that), and the seemingly endless number of specialty and ethnic food shops scattered across the five boroughs; Greek, Middle Eastern, Indian, Italian, African, etc., whatever ingredient … Continue Reading

Now that it’s officially autumn, I think it’s appropriate to start talking about soups and stews. I love soup (and stews) and could eat it any time of year. I find that a big pot of soup on the stove top or a stew that’s been braising for hours makes the colder months all the more tolerable. … Continue Reading

I’m not a huge carnivore, but every so often I find myself craving a piece of meat. On such occasions, I’ll take lamb or duck over beef any day of the week. While a whole duck can surely be a challenge to cook, a duck breast is much more straightforward and forgiving. The key is to start cooking the … Continue Reading