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this could be . . . well, i don't know the english name. . . in arabic we call it ajoor. it looks like a dwarf watermelon and has a lightly cucumbery taste to it and is very crunchy. in syria, we eat it raw with different mezze for breakfast. (like this http://cupsofchai.com/2009/08/31/sahtain-syrian-breakfast/ - sorry, all the pictures haven't been re-uploaded yet after a server migration, but the first one + the text will give you an idea of how you could serve it).


Can Anyone Identify This Squash? Good Questions
10/17/12 08:13 PM

look to india and pakistan! biryani. shahi tukray (bread pudding - http://www.thespicespoon.com/blog/shahi-tukray-saffron-bread-pudding-in-the-pakistani-manner/)

also - i made a saffron-chipotle cream to drizzle over butternut squash soup. I just took a few strands and simmered them super gently in cream until the color and flavor came through, then stirred in a little pureed chipotle in adobo. fantastic.


What Can I Make That Uses Saffron?Ingredient Questions
3/5/12 11:42 PM

i wouldn't suggest anything different than the great ideas above (especially big sauces for pasta in the crockpot), but i'm shocked at the law journal for requiring this of the students. i would not have appreciate that if my journal had done the same thing.


Help Me Plan a Brunch for 50 People!
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1/2/11 12:39 PM

if you've got time, let them hang out in the fridge in a saltwater brine for a day or two before you cook them. makes them moister!


Tender and Juicy: 3 Ways to Cook a Perfect Chicken Breast | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/16/10 12:18 PM

wait, back up - i wanna see more pictures of the old-high-school turned-loft!


Move Overhead Lights by Drawing Them On | Apartment Therapy Unplggd
3/7/10 11:33 AM

to decrease this blah-potential, i actually do not puree the potato-leek soup. chunky broth is the way to go. and lots of black pepper. and garlic does not count as an ingredient because it is a given.


Potato-Leek Soup: Do You Love It?...Or Hate It? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/25/10 03:19 PM

really easy finger food - i cut a slit down the middle and remove the pit. i mix coolwhip with vanilla extract, and pipe this into the middle of the dates. so. good.


Making a Date! What to Do with an Abundance of Dates | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/22/10 12:58 PM

depending on what kind of brown, but - could just do shades of brown with white, then add light blue or turquoise as an accent, maybe even the blues in larger quantity and red/orange in lower. mediterranean color scheme!


Which Colors to Work with Brown Carpeting? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy Chicago
12/7/09 11:31 PM

make a basic dough out of cornmeal, all purpose flour (more cornmeal than apf), 1 egg, baking powder, black pepper, and water. add enough water so that when you roll the dough flat, it doesn't splinter so much at the edges.

now roll flat, cut rounds out, and fold them over the back of mini or normal sized muffin cups (oiled). bake at 400 for 8 - 10 minutes.

now you have little corncups to fill with stuff! succotash. chipotle-spiked black beans and tomatoes. spiced pumpkin or butternut squash puree. the possibilities, they are endless.


Help Me Think of Thanksgiving-Themed Finger Foods! Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
11/10/09 02:32 PM

a bottle of real maple syrup and a jar of maple cream - as a wedding gift!


What's the Best Food Gift You've Ever Received? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
11/10/09 08:57 AM

my mother in law does mint and rosemary after a heavy meal. so good!


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Hot Drink for Summer Evenings: Lemon Verbena Tisane
11/6/09 02:16 PM

oh my gosh so many options!

i usually add a boullion cube the water, so that adds flavor right off the bat.

1. my mom puts a handful of fried onions into the cooking water and steeps for a couple of minutes before adding the water. delicious.

2. i love toasting whole spices a bit of oil - usually what south asians call kaala zeera - "black cumin" (i'm not sure what it is called in english!") and then add the rice to the now-cuminy oil, then water.

3. if i'm doing a stir fry and making rice in a rice cooker along side, i add soy sauce and chopped bok choy to the rice cooker.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Quick Tip: Season Your Rice!
11/5/09 07:59 PM

my friend and i were baking an orange honey tea loaf. somehow, we accidentally doubled (or maybe tripled) the amount of butter. had a blobby orange-honey-butter mess in the oven when the batter bubbled out of the pan.


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What Was Your Messiest Kitchen Accident?
9/30/09 02:52 PM

okay, recipe aside - that is the most beautiful picture of spaghetti i've ever seen. how'd she do it?


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Kitty's Bocconcino and Sausage Pasta Quick Weeknight Meals Recipe Contest 2009
9/27/09 10:42 PM

would these work for individual souffles?


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Quick Tip: Use Parchment Paper as Muffin Cup Liners
9/23/09 01:06 PM

with my syrian husband's family, we especially spread out the medda for breakfast. the food is important, but at least as important (as you mentioned) is the family time. thanks for the great explanation, links, and pictures :)

(shameless plug - incidentally, i wrote about this last week. http://taiyyaba.com/2009/08/31/sahtain-syrian-breakfast/)


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What Is A Meze?
9/10/09 05:02 PM