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Noodle Kugel

A little bit pudding, a little bit casserole, Kugel is a centuries-old Jewish dish traditionally served as a side sometimes a dessert that has undergone many transformations. Most commonly made from egg noodles or potatoes combined with eggs and/or milk, cream or soft cheese, a Kugel can be sweet or savory, maybe even a little bit of both. The other day, my eye caught some Greek egg noodles (hilopites or χυλοπίτες) idly hanging around in a kitchen canister and I swear the first thing I thought to make with them was Kugel.

Moroccan Temrika Meslalla — Garlic Beef with Cracked Green Olives

I ordered a Moroccan cookbook, Cooking at the Kasbah by Kitty Morse, last week and after impatiently waiting a whole three days for it to be delivered, it finaly arrived and I eagerly thumbed through its pages the second it did. The following day, I didn’t hesitate to try my hand at the first recipe that caught my eye: Temrika Meslalla or Garlic Beef with Cracked Green Olives. Moroccan cuisine is extremely diverse with notable Berber, Moorish, Mediterranean and Arab influences. Temrika Meslalla, it is said, is a dish typically served on the eve of the Sabbath

Orecchiette “Paella” with Sausage and Clams

I was sure I’d created a winning recipe. But it was not to be … You see Johnsonville was running a contest in partnership with Tastespotting earlier this fall and I submitted this Orecchiette “Paella” with Italian Sausage recipe to them and although I still think it’s a winner, it didn’t make the cut. No worries. But I do hope I can persuade you to try it soon.

Kheer, Rizogalo, Rice Pudding … Creamy Cardamom-Scented Basmati Rice Pudding

My grandmother’s rizogalo (rice pudding) is ingrained in my memory for ages to come; she made it so often and always sent up half a dozen or so bowls for us to devour. When the smell of cinnamon would waft up the stairs from her apartment to ours, we knew what was coming! Her recipe was simplicity at its best: milk, rice, sugar and a dash of cinnamon. I’ve made it often and rarely veered from her always-delectable version. Until now.