Cucumber and Tomato Salad

The preparation takes only 10 minutes. However, to allow the salad to develop its full flavor, I recommend that you set it aside for 20 – 30 minutes before serving. As a variation, try the cucumber and tomato salad with an addition of crumbled feta cheese.  

Roasted Potato Wedges

A crispy, spicy alternative to french fries, perfect as a side dish to meat or poultry.  

Authentic Baba Ghanoush (Eastern Mediterranean Aubergine Dip)

Baba Ghanoush is a popular Levantine appetizer of puréed roasted aubergine mixed with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and various spices. Some recipes also include freshly minced garlic. I intentionally abstained from garlic since it has the tendency to overpower the subtle flavor of the aubergine. However, I leave it up to you how you…

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

The classic combination of Brussels sprouts with crispy bacon is a festive flavor sensation. Whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving or a dinner party with friends, these mini cabbages with their nutty, very distinct flavor are a perfect accompaniment to meat dishes, poultry in particular.      

Moroccan Couscous Salad

Like every Moroccan dish, this salad offers an explosion of flavors and colors. It can be served as a side dish, however it is hearty enough to be eaten as a meal by itself.  

Baked Sweet Potato

Any variety of orange- or red-skinned, orange-fleshed sweet potato can be used in this recipe. When shopping, look for sweet potatoes that are uniform in size. Personally, I prefer smaller potatoes. Top potatoes with butter or with one of my two suggested sauces; Garam Masala Yogurt or Garlic and Chive Sour Cream (recipes follow).    

Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a Mediterranean vegetable stew from the southern region of Provence in France. The secret to a perfect ratatouille is sun-ripened vegetables, good quality olive oil with a rich and robust flavor and plenty of time.