Seven crispy rakakat (Turkish cigars) on a parchment-lined white plate

Turkish Cigars

A classic middle Eastern mezze that’s crisp phyllo on the outside, blissfully melty halloumi and feta on the inside with parsley for some semblance of healthiness. Easy to juggle with a glass of wine in hand.

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Cast iron skillet with white bean shakshuka--whit beans, tomatoes, feta cheese, eggs, and parsley

White Bean Shakshuka

An already soul-satisfying Middle Eastern classic made even more enticing thanks to the addition of white beans and charred vegetables.

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An Indian-style platter with pan-fried green beans and almonds topped with ground coriander, nearby a serving fork and spoon

Pan-Fried Green Beans and Almonds

You’ll never look at green beans the same way again after experiencing these crisp yet tender specimens with an intensified green beaniness and some intriguing bling from almonds and spices.

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A metal serving dish of eggplant stew, called kawaj in Syria, filed with chunks of eggplants, potatoes, tomatoes with parsley on top

Eggplant Stew ~ Kawaj

Simple to make. Comforting as heck. And though you may not have experienced this in your childhood, somehow it still seems to taste like home.

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A platter of shish taouk or Middle Eastern grilled chicken and thighs slathered with a pomegranate-tamarind sauce

Shish Taouk ~ Middle Eastern Grilled Chicken

Spectacularly exotic yet still surprisingly familiar. That’s what folks are saying about this shish taouk or middle Eastern grilled chicken with sumac and a tart pomegranate-tamarind sauce.

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An oval pan filled with a whole roast chicken with sumac, surrounded by roasted carrots, garlic, lemon wedges; a bowl of yogurt, sumac, and olive oil nearby

Sumac Roast Chicken

A subtle tweak to an ordinary roast hen can make all the difference. Here a single Middle Eastern spice elevates an everyday roast hen to something special. Something very special.

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A pan of harissa roasted chicken sitting on top of sliced roasted potatoes, nearby a cutting board and knife

Harissa Roast Chicken

We figured out how to make roast chicken and potatoes a little less ordinary. Actually, a lot less ordinary.

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Plastic container or North African chicken soup with shredded chicken, ras el hanout, couscous, and preserved lemon

North African Chicken Soup

We wish we always had a stash of this chicken soup recipe in the fridge to take to lunch as a soothing respite in the day.

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