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Israel & Middle East

Yeasted Pumpkin Bread

Recipe by Leah Koenig

Yeasted Pumpkin Bread

Sephardi Jews traditionally eat foods made with pumpkin and squash on Rosh Hashanah, when they hold symbolic significance. Jewish traders also played a major role in spreading the New World gourd across the Mediterranean during the time of Columbus, and Sephardi cuisine continues to utilize pumpkin in many baked goods, jams, and other dishes today.

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Sutlatch (Cream of Rice Pudding)

Recipe by Susan Barocas

<em>Sutlatch</em> (Cream of Rice Pudding)

A creamy, delicate pudding, sutlatch—in Turkish sütlaҫ or mahallebi—is traditionally served to break the fast after Yom Kippur and for Shabbat morning breakfast, although it is a beloved treat any time. The pudding is prepared with milk or, more authentically, with pipitada, a drink made by steeping dried and ground cantaloupe seeds in water for

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Summer Mezze Spreads: Harissa and Spicy Feta

Recipe by Heather Bien

Summer Mezze Spreads: Harissa and Spicy Feta

If you’re building a summer mezze platter, you can find most of what you need already prepared at the grocery store: hummus, roasted red peppers, tzatziki, seasoned nuts. However, harissa and spicy feta are two simple dip recipes you can add in to give your platter a homemade touch. Both of these spreads keep beautifully,

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Chunky Chickpea Salad

Recipe by Jessica Grosman

Chunky Chickpea Salad

At least once a week, I mash chickpeas with some chopped herbs and a few glugs of high-quality extra-virgin olive oil for this simple lunchtime salad, inspired by a chunky hummus that I ate at SoHo House in Berlin a few summers ago. Note: Use organic ingredients whenever possible.

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Yemenite Chicken Soup

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Yemenite Chicken Soup

This is a traditional Yemenite soup that was a daily item on the menu when I was growing up. For the seder meal, the cook would remove the meat from the pot and add broken-up matzah—enough to sop up the turmeric-infused broth. Then, hilba, a fenugreek relish spiced with chili paste, was added. It all

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Hilba (Fenugreek Relish)

Recipe by Leah Hadad

<em>Hilba</em> (Fenugreek Relish)

Hilba (or hilbeh) is the Yemeni Arabic word for fenugreek as well as for the traditional spicy relish Yemenite Jews make from fenugreek seeds to add to soup and some dairy dishes or use as a dip with pita or lahouh, a spongy, fermented Yemenite pancake. Yemenite soup with hilba is comforting and delicious, as

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Cauliflower Hummus

Recipe by Judith Rontal

Cauliflower Hummus

Hummus has become a staple in our diets and is perhaps one of the hardest foods to give up for Passover if you don’t eat beans. The versatile dip can be used in so many ways—a dip for veggies, spreads for sandwiches or matzah, stuffed into sweet potatoes and to thicken soups. Instead of giving

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Mexican Shakshuka

Recipe by Heather Bien

Mexican Shakshuka

For this take on shakshuka, I decided to do a culinary mashup of the Israeli recipe with classic Mexican flavors. With my recent conversion to Judaism and my Mexican heritage, this seemed like a fitting tribute to my past and present. The ingredients in shakshuka easily merge with Mexican seasonings—the base of the recipe remains

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