Halvah at Mahane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem, Israel

Continuuing on with our previous theme of the amazing goods at Mahaneh Yehuda Market in Jerusalem, here are a couple more pictures that capture the flavor. The first (above) is of dozens of varieties of ultra-fresh halvah, sesame candy flavored mostly with various nuts, chocolate, and sometimes lemon or rose water.

The shouks (the Hebrew word) …

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Dairy Products at Mahane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem, Israel

I think this one speaks for itself. The fresh dairy products in Israel are outstanding. In this picture, at a tiny dairy stall in the Mahane Yehuda market (the Jewish shouk), you can see yogurt, labneh (yogurt cheese, foreground with the basket texture), feta, and several flavored cheeses including zatar spice and olive. There is …

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Crostini with Young Pecorino, Grilled Figs, and Arugula & Mint Pesto – Recipe

I just finished making the very-last-last-last-really-no-more edits to the cookbook. We got page proofs back, and there was a small window to make tweaks before it goes to press.

A deadline like that has a way of focusing the mind! I want to make absolutely sure that every recipe in the book is as good as …

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Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem (with More Falafel and Pomegranate Juice)

When we met our tour guide for the Old City of Jerusalem, Nurit Lessem, she was surprised to hear that we hadn’t had lunch yet, but was more than happy to take us to one of her favorite falafel places for a break. I knew right away we’d found the right chaperone!

SP and I wouldn’t …

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“Panzanella” Salad at Spaghettim, Jerusalem, Israel

For years, everyone I know that has gone to Israel has told me how incredible the produce and therefore the salads are. "The cucumbers taste like cucumbers". I didn’t know whether to fully believe this or not given how great the farmer’s market produce we get in Seattle is. Now I know what they were …

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Falafel In The Old City, Jerusalem, Israel

This was our first falafel in Jerusalem. Of course it came in a sandwich, but we took one apart to give to Mini-Me, and that makes for a more descriptive picture than the whole sandwich. Falafel over here is so much better than you normally find in America. The falafel itself is always fried to …

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Artichokes From The Garden

Since we are traveling for the next few weeks, I expect that most of my posts will just be a picture of something delicious and maybe a paragraph or two. As a warmup, here’s a picture of the first edible artichokes to come out of our garden. Gardening has been pretty much a laissez-faire …

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