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Za'atar: A Spice For Your Everyday

by Karen July 12, 2011
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I'm keeping it simple lately.  There's the excuse of moving into a new place, but really I think it's the summer heat that's slowing everything down.  It's times like these that I gladly partake in culinary cheating (more about this below) and that I have a jar of za'atar handy at all times.  Za'atar is […]

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Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Breads)

by Karen June 7, 2011
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Cassava, also known as the yucca or manioc, is a tuber originally from South America and is a staple throughout most tropical places in the world.  This root is so versatile that it has been dubbed 'the bread of the tropics'  and is particularly important in many African countries where it is used in a […]

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Irish Brown Soda Bread

by Karen March 14, 2011
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Despite the popularity of Saint Patrick's Day around the world, few of us really know the origins of this Irish holiday.  For Americans, March 17th seems to be a day that commemorates leprechauns, shamrocks, heavy drinking and creative uses of green dye (did you know the Chicago River is dyed green each year for the celebration?!). […]

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Noon o Panir o Sabzi (Persian bread, cheese and herbs): Eating Iran

by Karen August 13, 2010
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Noon o panir o sabzi sustained me through all four years of college.  I lived off this stuff and continue to eat it today!  The key to this delicious sort of open faced veggie sandwich is fresh bread and herbs.  I am lucky enough to have access to freshly baked Persian sangak bread, but you […]

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