Sope de Albondigas and a Cinco de Mayo Blog Hop

With Cinco de Mayo approaching, it’s time to celebrate Mexican and Mexican-American culture. I wanted to do something beyond tacos to demonstrate the country’s rich and varied food culture, and so I present Sope de Albondigas, or Mexican Meatball Soup. In Spain albondigas are often simmered in tomato sauce and eaten as tapas. Because of Spanish colonization in the Americas,...
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Chicken and Dumplings

If you’re not from the US, or even more specifically, not from the American South, then you may not be familiar with chicken and dumplings. But you should be. Basically a chicken stew with simple biscuit dough added and simmered at the last minute, it is pure comfort food. Although chicken and dumplings is most commonly attributed to the South, it can also be found in the Midwest and may...
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Potato Leek Soup

As the weather starts to cool down (yes, even in the Middle East), it’s only appropriate that the theme for this month’s World on a Plate is soup. I love soup in all its comforting glory, and immediately began considering what variety I would make. It didn’t take me long to settle on potato leek soup. I know it’s not technically American (I represent the good ‘ol USA...
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Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo ball soup may be one of the most quintessential Jewish recipes, but growing up in New York you didn’t have to be Jewish – and it didn’t have to be Passover – for you to consider this classic dish comfort food. Living in Israel Passover takes on new meaning as all chametz, or leavened foods, are cleared from supermarket shelves and restaurant menus. Even a week before...
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Miso Butternut Squash Ramen

One of my favorite things to eat in New York come winter is a big, steaming bowl of ramen (and not the package stuff that you subsisted on in college). A few years ago ramen became the trendy food du jour and, lucky for us, ramen spots popped up all over the city. In Israel it’s one of the foods that I find myself missing, especially when the weather gets chilly (yes, that happens here) or...
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Secret Recipe Club: Butternut Squash and Chestnut Soup

It’s the first Monday of the month, and you know what that means: Secret Recipe Club! You know the drill. Each month member’s are assigned another member’s blog and get to pick any recipe they’d like to make. Sound like fun? Head to the SRC website for details on how to join! This month I was lucky enough to have Katrina’s wonderful blog, Baking and Boys. As you may...
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Chicken and Corn Chowder and a Soup Blog Hop

Here in the Northern Hemisphere it’s getting cold (in some places it’s been cold for some time) and that means one thing: soup and lots of it. I’ve been craving corn chowder for a while and Nami’s recent post on Chicken and Corn Chowder with Roasted Potatoes over at Just One Cookbook pushed that craving right over the edge. Corn chowder has always presented a bit of...
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Marak Kubbeh Adom, a Taste of Iraqi-Jewish Tradition

Prior to moving to Israel, I had never had Iraqi-Jewish cuisine. But in the brimming aisles of Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market there is an Iraqi-Jewish enclave with tons of restaurants serving traditional fare. Kubbeh (also called kibbe) is one of those dishes. It’s beautiful, it’s addictive, and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever had. Sort of a beet and beef-stuffed...
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Kitchen Sink Lentil Soup

This recipe began because it was brought to my attention  that I have no lentil recipes on the blog. It’s true. It’s something I’ve noticed before, and was looking to mend the situation. I love lentils in everything from Indian daal to lentil soup, but all I could think of were the richest, most decadent lentils I’ve had. At Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills Chef Rory...
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Best Ever Turkey Chili

I don’t mean to be cocky, but the chili I made the other night really was the best ever. While beef is usually my protein of choice for this purpose, here in Israel it’s expensive. So I decided to give leaner, cheaper turkey chili a whirl and watched as they freshly ground the turkey breast for me at the shuk. It turned out well. I’ve made a decent amount of chili in my day. We...
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