| Oct 3, 2007
Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: Makes 2 1/3 cups
Note: Pomegranate molasses is available at well-stocked supermarkets and Middle Eastern markets. Muhammara is great served with roasted or grilled meat, such as lamb kebabs, and pita bread.
| May 12, 2011
Sometimes, you cannot conceive of how much love can be cooked into a falafel. Many falafel are sad, desiccated creatures made from powdered mix; it's the rare place that makes falafel from fresh ingredients. But Habayit Restaurant's falafel are beyond...
| Jun 16, 2011
Like many women, I had a secret list of requirements that my future husband would have to meet before I married him.
At the top of the list? He had to love food.
In my Mexican family, food has always been at the forefront of our conversations,...
| Jun 16, 2011
Recipe: Jocoque dip
Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10
Note: Jocoque is a dairy product similar to sour cream and is available at select Mexican markets; call ahead to ensure availability. Totopos (Mexican style tortilla chips) are crunchy and...
| Jul 21, 2011
Come summer, mezze, those small dishes drawn from a vast Middle Eastern tradition, are just about the perfect food. The flavors are vivid. Many of them are served at room temperature. No rush. I love this way of eating, a bite here, a bite there, as the...
| Jun 2, 2011
Herb-marinated feta cheese with za'tar-toasted pita triangles
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 as an appetizer
Note: Za'tar is a Middle Eastern spice blend commonly consisting of thyme, toasted sesame seeds, marjoram and sumac. It is...
| Mar 31, 2011
Among food-obsessed Angelenos, shawarma isn't as much a point of contention as, say, ramen or carne asada. At too many of the city's Levantine restaurants, flaccid, flavorless strands of meat pass as properly shaved shawarma almost without protest.
| Apr 28, 2011
Lunch is the meal of the proletariat. While the leisure class brunches, the worker bees among us grab that much-anticipated moment of down time that comes with the consumption of a hearty sandwich, plate of meat or lightly dressed salad that is known to...
| Aug 4, 2011
The sign in Café Glacé's all-glass storefront says "Persian pizza." Now, if you were a canny Los Angeles food explorer, you'd probably suspect that this was an awkward translation of some traditional Persian dish. Maybe, you'd think, you will discover...
| Jun 2, 2004
It's a shorter road than one might think from wedding-phobe to frenzied lady with a checklist and dream for that special day. Trust me. I've traveled it.
I used to hear about extravagant wedding parties and think, "They're idiots," then reel off things...
| Jun 25, 2008
THE SERVER quickly unfolds a portable table, sets down a pan of saganaki -- fried cheese -- and sets it on fire. The blue flame soars upward and he calls out "Opa!" and disappears. From the main dining room, cheerful Greek music from a trio in the back...