middle eastern food

Demand For Ethnic Food Is Exploding In America. How Will Food Companies Respond?

As tastes evolve, so does the grocery stores aisle
Jul 9, 2013 11:31 am

At the grocery store, spices are getting hotter. Fruit flavoring, fruitier. So reports The New York Times this morning in an expansive story outlining the growing (some may call it exploding) demand for so-called ethnic foods.

How To Make Incredibly Crispy Falafel

Simple falafel from the Exec Chef at Boulud Sud
Jun 17, 2013 12:02 pm

Aaron Chambers heads the kitchen at Daniel Boulud's Mediterranean-influenced restaurant. As a throwback to his vegetarian days, we peeked in to see how he makes their incredibly crisp and flavor-packed herbed falafel. 

Za'atar-Dusted Pita Chips Recipe

Homemade recipe puts store-bought chips to shame
Jun 13, 2013 12:01 pm
za'atar pita chips recipe
Photo: Jen Altman

We've bought more boxes of crackers than we're willing to count. It's time to make our own, which is why we picked up a copy of Crackers & Dips. If you're proud of your crackers (and you will be if they're homemade), you're likely to enjoy the toppings even more.

Boulud Sud's Aaron Chambers On How To Make Lamb Kebabs

Middle Eastern–style grilled lamb skewers at home
May 15, 2013 12:01 pm

"I was a vegetarian for 19 years," says Aaron Chambers, Executive Chef at Boulud Sud across from NYC's Lincoln Center. Of course, things have changed now that he heads the kitchen at Daniel Boulud's Mediterranean-influenced restaurant, where spice-marinated flame-grilled Colorado lamb kebabs are not to be missed. We followed him around the kitchen to learn the recipe.

Salad For Lunch: 3 New Ways To Do Tabouli

Take the classic Middle Eastern salad for a spin
May 6, 2013 11:31 am

Tabouli is one of those dishes with a million recipes. The Middle Eastern salad screams warm weather so loudly it's genuinely hard to enjoy it in the colder months. Also, winter produce sucks, and this is a produce-heavy situation: your own ratios of finely chopped parsley and mint, diced cucumber, tomato, onions or scallions and tons of extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper, plus your preferred amount of the following options. 

Is Camel Milk The Next Big Food Craze?

An ancient food may be hitting our shores
Apr 22, 2013 12:31 pm

For centuries, people living in the area now known as United Arab Emirates have consumed camel milk for its nutritional benefits (it’s supposed to fight cancer) and ability to refresh in the parching Arabian heat. With less fat than whole cow’s milk, the consistency is similar to skim, but with an after taste that is described by some as “sharp.” But we wouldn’t know — the stuff is nearly impossibly to find in the United States. Until now.

Lentil-Bulgur Meatballs Recipe

A Turkish dish redefines the vegetarian meatball
Apr 12, 2013 2:01 pm
photo: Atilla Yumusakkaya on Flickr

Mark our words: bulgur is the new quinoa.In Turkey, it is common to see bulgur served instead of rice, or stuffed into various veggies. Another common way of eating bulgur is in the form of meat(less) meatballs. These hearty meatballs rival any meatball, but instead contain no saturated fat and are veggie-friendly. Give them a try and you won't be disappointed.

10 Recipes For National Meatball Day

Today, we celebrate these great balls of meat
Mar 3, 2013 3:01 pm

Any region with winter (like us) welcomes a holiday like National Meatball Day with open arms. We can't think of a food culture that doesn't make a great meatball — we've got your standard Italian meatballs, but we've also got Cambodian, Swedish, Mexican, Hungarian, Moroccan and sliders (which are a cuisine in themselves). Check 'em out!


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