Shish Barak
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Shish Barak

These Middle Eastern homemade meat-stuffed dumplings are to die for! They are the ultimate comfort food and every minute that goes into making these are well worth it. Shish Barak can be considered the ravioli of Arabic cuisine; they look just like them except the stuffing must be minced meat and the sauce it is…

Mujadara (A Middle Eastern Rice & Lentil dish topped with caramelized onions)
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Mujadara (A Middle Eastern Rice & Lentil dish topped with caramelized onions)

Mujadara is a Middle Eastern staple made often during the cooler seasons as a comforting dinner. This cumin flavored rice and lentil meal is a hearty vegan dish as it is topped with a bountiful of crispy caramelized onions and often served with refreshing salads such as fattoush. My mom always paired it with a…

Patlican Soslu (Turkish Eggplant Tomato Dip)
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Patlican Soslu (Turkish Eggplant Tomato Dip)

As many of you may know, I was born and raised in northern New Jersey and moved to Chicago after I got married. One of the things I miss about NJ is this one Turkish restaurant called Toros. They have the most delicious food. One of my favorite appetizers from there is this Turkish Eggplant…