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Jeweled Rice

Jeweled rice, a Persian dish traditionally served at weddings, is named for its rich colors. This dish combines a variety of seasonings and ingredients for a tangy, nutty fusion of flavors. Over 200,000 Persian Jews call Israel home, bringing this unique dish with them to the Holy Land and even customizing it to the Jewish

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Baba Ganoush

This classic Mediterranean dip is a great addition for any party. We’re including a basic recipe as well as a few zesty variations! Ingredients 1 large eggplant 3 cloves garlic, minced ¼ cup tahini 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice Salt to taste 2 Tbsp. olive oil for garnish Fresh pita, flatbread or crackers for dipping

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Malabi Pudding

This creamy, milk-based pudding is infused with the distinct floral flavor of rosewater and topped with blueberry rose syrup and slivered almonds. Rosewater was a beloved flavoring in the ancient world, particularly in the Levant, North Africa, Persia and India. While this floral essence has long since lost traction among North American and European cultures,

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Mediterranean Tart

This savory tart highlights the fresh, classic Mediterranean flavors of tomato, eggplant, olive, basil and feta. And with a simple flour substitution in the crust, this recipe can easily be modified for Passover or made gluten free. Ingredients Pastry Dough: 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour (or 1 ¼ cup all-purpose gluten free flour or 2/3

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Orange Rolls

Combining the zesty flavor of orange with the comforting warmth of a cinnamon roll, this recipe comes straight from the kitchen of Georgina Young—the wife of Dr. G. Douglas Young, founder of Bridges for Peace. Georgina, or “Snook” as she was affectionately called, was well known throughout Jerusalem for her culinary skills and nurturing hospitality.

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Pomegranate Chicken Stew

Israeli food today is a unique collection of recipes passed down from generations in the Diaspora (the Jewish population outside Israel). Inspired by a Persian dish called Fesenjan, this stew is a classic example of how Jewish culture has preserved some of the most delightful and ancient flavor combinations. This hearty chicken stew boasts the

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Seven Species Cake

“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land…a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey.” Deuteronomy 8:7a–8 The seven species are a collection of grains and fruits that depict the landscape of both ancient and modern Israel. As in

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Savory Middle Eastern Kibbeh

Click here for Recipe Kibbeh (or kubba) has been called the Middle Eastern meatball or meatloaf, depending whom you ask. It comes from the Arabic word meaning “to form a ball,” and is essentially deep-fried meat-stuffed meat (what’s not to love?). You can also bake it in a pan or serve it raw, like steak

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Summer Fattoush Salad

The fattoush salad is a Middle Eastern classic, consisting of simple, fresh vegetables, a lemony dressing and bread—lots and lots of bread. Traditionally, the salad is tossed with freshly toasted pita bread right before serving, allowing the pita to soak up the delicious dressing and melt into the rest of the salad. When in a

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Charoset Labneh Cheesecake

During Pesach (Passover), the Jewish people eat unleavened bread to commemorate their hasty departure from Egypt. The seder (Passover ritual meal) includes many symbols of their time in slavery, including charoset—a cinnamon, apple and walnut blend commemorating the mortar the Israelites used. Our leaven-free cheesecake, a traditional Pesach dessert, is infused with the flavors of

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