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With all the news coming out of the Middle East region, it is nice to see a story that is positive and encouraging about one of our destinations. Last night, Anthony Bourdain’s show on CNN – Parts Unknown – was in Oman. If this doesn’t make you want to go, then I don’t know what...

Wine writer and traveler, Terry Sullivan, traveled to Georgia and appear to have been totally captivated by this tiny Caucasus country. He has released a new book about Georgia and wine history there. You can read more about the book, and order it if you want at his website: http://birthplaceofwine.winetrailtraveler.com/ If you would like to...

Ari’ w Adas (Squash & Lentil Stew) This is a favorite from The Gaza Kitchen: a Palestinian Culinary Journey, by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt. If you pick up this cookbook, you will find it on page 64. Ingredients: 6-7 Cups chopped pumpkin or butternut squash 1 Cup red lentils, rinsed 1 onion, chopped 6...

Lamb Stew Common to many countries of the Middle East, this lamb stew is made up of cube cut pieces of lamb that are stewed with tomatoes. A garlic and rosemary marinade really compliments the flavor of the lamb. Ingredients: 3 1/2 lbs lamb shoulder, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces 2 cups chicken stock...

Baked quinces are a great fall dessert. Quinces are like a combination between an apple and a pear, with a little bit more tartness. They are not that popular in the US, but are used a lot in the Middle East and Europe. Ingredients: 4 quinces 1 stick unsalted butter 1 cups sugar 3 cups...

Stuffed Dates The people of the Middle East are known for stuffing anything that we can – from peppers to eggplant, to grape leaves, to dates. This is a recipe for the holidays using the big juicy dates that come in about now and you can find them at the grocery store or local market....

It’s that time of year again! Welcome to the 2013 12 Days of Caravan-Serai Cooking. We hope you will enjoy this year’s set of recipes, and share with friends and family throughout this holiday season and on into the new year. Enjoy! Day 1: Rice Pudding with Pistachios Most cultures have some form of rice pudding. What...

    One thing about living in the Middle East was always eating healthy without even realizing it. We have fast foods there, but they are different than here. There are fresh juice stands everywhere, and they are inexpensive and quick – just stop and order yourself an orange, apple and banana cocktail and in...

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Summer Cooking ~ Middle East Style!