I can’t take credit for today’s creation, as there’s nothing new about falafel or, for that matter, falafel waffle. Nonetheless, I happen to be a big fan of falafel. The best falafel, no doubt, is one that is made-to-order. The falafels come fresh out of the deep fryer, piping hot, crispy on the outside, moist and … Continue Reading

As the temperatures gradually begin to rise, our thoughts turn to alfresco dining and outdoor grilling. Come spring, I also like to dust off the smoker that’s been standing by idly in my basement all winter long. Nothing hardcore, just an electric smoker, but it does the job. I love its ease of use: turn … Continue Reading

What’s not to love about pomegranate seeds? They’re tart and subtly sweet. When you pop the seeds into your mouth they burst with flavor (nature’s candy). And the color, when you get a really good one, is an intense shade of ruby red. We all need some color in our life this time of year when … 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

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