Quick & Simple Eggplant Dip

When I was a kid, my mother cooked eggplants at least twice a week. I didn’t mind the eggplant cooked with meat and tomatoes, but I found the baba ganoush disgusting. I couldn’t even look at it. My love affair…

Smoky Eggplant Dip

My favorite meals are those vibrant dinners which are assembled from a bunch of dips, sides and small plates instead of ordinary main dish-side-and-salad dinner. We eat like that everyday but it never gets boring because they are colorful and…

Easy Hungarian Dumplings (Nokedli)

My husband is 3⁄4 Hungarian (1⁄4 Polish). His maternal grandparents, Holocaust survivors, were born in Hungary but they left after the second world war. His grandmother, Shula, was a decent cook. Her goulash and stuffed peppers were filling, however her…

Smoky Eggplant & tomato Mezze

My friend brought this mezze over for Shabbat dinner (Friday night). Her Kurdish-Iraqi grandmother used to make it. It’s teenager friendly. My 13 year-old son, who’s an adventurous eater but eggplant hater, loved it. You can serve with other mezzes…

Moroccan Donuts with Cardamom

Sfenj (or “Sfenj”) are Moroccan yeasted donuts which my family and I eat on Hanukkah. They’re similar to beignets but better. Better because they’re fluffy and addictive like their sisters but don’t contain butter, milk and eggs. They have mercy…