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Jerusalem: Hummus

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So, believe it or not, people get very heated on the topic of food, particularly when it comes to tales of origin and authenticity.  And poor hummus, such a humble yet deeply satisfying food, makes people just bonkers in Israel. … Continue reading

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The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Sesame-Spiced Turkey Meatballs and Smashed Chickpea Salad

I love dishes like this because I never would have thought of this on my own.  And yet I love every part of it: turkey meatballs sitting on top of some mashed chickpeas. Deb’s story behind this recipe is that … Continue reading

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Artichoke and Spinach Relish with Walnuts

I’m so remiss in not sharing this recipe with you earlier and for that you may pelt me with canned artichoke hearts.  I deserve it.  I have been making this for years and it’s one of my favorite appetizers ever.  … Continue reading

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The Next Book: Girl in the Kitchen

Is Stephanie Izard’s Chicago restaurant Girl and the Goat the hardest reservation in town these days? I don’t know but I do know I have had three separate conversations in recent weeks about strategies for getting in, and that is … Continue reading

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The Next Book: The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook

It’s no secret that I’m a complete fool for Cook’s Illustrated.  I learned how to cook from this magazine and it is my single favorite source for reliable recipes.  Yes, their meticulous approach often results in recipes that ask you … Continue reading

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