Persian Jeweled Rice, aka Wedding Rice (The Kids Cook Monday)

Persian Jeweled Rice Recipe (The Kids Cook Monday) - Andrea Meyers

Fragrant rice dishes are one of my favorite food memories from my time in the Middle East. Widely known as pilaf (aka polow, pilav, pilau, pulao, and other names), these rice dishes vary in texture and ingredients based on the country of origin. Pilafs may include spices, meat, nuts, dried fruits, and vegetables, and have… 

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Harissa Hummus

Andrea Meyers - Harissa Hummus

The inspiration for this harissa hummus came while I was devouring an amazing bowl of grilled harissa chicken tagine at Urban PL8 in Atlanta last May. A group of us had gathered there for dinner on the last night of BlogHer Food and everything they brought out was delicious. There’s something about the incredible flavor… 

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The Shawarma Crawl, Bahrain

This is a guest post from my husband, Michael, who travels the world and brings home stories of his many culinary adventures. This one brought back memories of one of my favorite middle eastern foods. The journey from Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia to the Bahrain Airport in the middle east takes about thirteen hours…. 

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Baba Ghannouj (Baba Ganoush)

Baba Ghannouj (Baba Ganoush) - Andrea Meyers

My first taste of baba ghannouj was at the cafeteria on the Saudi Aramco compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and I could easily make a lunch out of their hummus, baba ghannouj, and flatbread. Baba ghannouj is a traditional Middle Eastern dish made from eggplant that has been grilled or roasted, and the smoky flavor… 

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Tabouleh (aka Tabbouleh, Tabouli)

Tabouleh (aka Tabbouleh, Tabouli) - Andrea Meyers

Early today I returned home from 10 glorious days of vacation to find our garden in full production mode. All the tomato plants have green tomatoes, teasing, making me wait until they ripen. I could pick some of the green peppers to encourage more flowering, and I probably will as I find it difficult to… 

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Mujaddarah

Mujaddarah Recipe - Andrea Meyers

This is wonderful Middle Eastern comfort food with many variations depending on how the family fixes it. Some recipes call for more lentils than rice or vice versa. Some recipes call for the onions to be chopped, and others cook the lentils and rice separately. Personally, I love the nutty flavor that you get from… 

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