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  • Very simple and if you go the extra distance with making them with cookie cutters they are very impressive with little effort.
    about Puff pastry croutons from Modern Comfort Food added on October 10, 2020

  • This makes a sizable quantity so be prepared to eat it for days or share it with friends, family, or neighbors. I think I preferred the chicken pot pie soup from Cravings.
    about Chicken pot pie soup from Modern Comfort Food added on October 10, 2020

  • I used ground chicken, but this is a solid meal with lots of flavor. The banana is certainly unexpected and an interesting twist.

  • I have never used yogurt in this manner with rice. I think it needed more salt, but was a nice and filling vegetarian meal. I'd probably double the garlic, because it's where most of the flavor comes from. I also think this could benefit from some preserved lemon, lemon juice, or a touch of acid... and maybe some onion.

  • The contrast of crunchy and spicy pumpkin seeds with the coolness of the cucumber + herb soup is interesting, but this wasn't my favorite, but my husband loved it.

  • This is a beautiful cake. It's not overly sweet, the labneh makes it a bit light and tangy. The baklava style crust is also something interesting, though it wanted to fall off the cake a bit while cutting. The quantity of syrup would have left my apricots and cake swimming, so I didn't pour all of it on. The apricots add the perfect bit of tart, yet subtle sweetness to this mix.

  • Another rave review from our crowd and the neighbor. I unfortunately had to use a 10" pan instead of the 9" and I used labneh in place of the yogurt, but this is one of my favorites I've made from the book thus far. Plan this one in advance as it does take some time, but it is worth the work.
    about Chicken shawarma pie from Falastin added on June 30, 2020

  • Great galette, but it does take a fair amount of time - making a portion, cooling / chilling it, again and again. It's a bit of work for a rather small 4 person serving, however I don't know that it would be great the next day. The crust is a must as is the za'atar.

  • I love labneh and use it often. Unfortunately I am in the process of moving and have discovered the Midwest doesn't have this at an every day grocery like in LA, so I had to find a Middle Eastern grocery. They didn't have labneh, but had laban. I though it could be a variant... it turns out it's not. It's more of a liquid yogurt, however I used it for this recipe and it worked. While I tend to be a purist, if you have access to labneh I'd just buy it instead of making this.
    about Labneh from Falastin added on June 29, 2020

  • A nice summery, light, but flavorful salad. Make sure that bread is stale or dried out, because it definitely soaks up the buttermilk dressing. I even ended up pouring off some of the dressing because it was puddled up in the bottom of the bowl.
    about Na‘ama‘s buttermilk fattoush from Falastin added on June 22, 2020

  • I first spotted "kunefe" at Trader Joe's and thought it sounded interesting... it's a delicious dessert. Low and behold here is the recipe for an even better homemade version. I had to amend it a little bit, because I ran out of sugar so I only used 1.5 cups for the syrup, which I thought was adequate. The syrup produced more than needed (a solid 3/4c) so I will use it in tea. I decorated my knafeh with dried flowers that I picked up while traveling for visual appeal. It's a bit salty, sweet, crunchy, and all around excellent.
    about Knafeh Nabulseyeh from Falastin added on June 21, 2020

  • These are a nice twist on potatoes. They pack a touch of heat so some people might not enjoy that, but it could also be adjusted to suit your preference.

  • I wanted this to be more flavorful. It definitely needs to be served with the yogurt or labneh for some moisture.
    about Chicken musakhan from Falastin added on June 20, 2020

  • These nuts are very good and really easy to make. My kids also loved them... after making a double batch only about 1/2 a cup was left at the end of the evening.
    about Sweet and spicy seeds and nuts from Falastin added on June 20, 2020

  • I had to modify this a bit due to availability and not wanting to go to the grocery, but it still turned out nicely. I used turkey instead of chicken, didn't have celery, don't like frying things, and skipped the ricotta. As with many recipes in the book there are many parts and it takes time. I also didn't manage to get it to chill in the refrigerator and then served it with rice.

  • This is a great old fashioned cake that comes together quickly. I made a couple amendments only because I can't run to the grocery on a whim, so I used kefir in place of the buttermilk and I didn't use all of the powder sugar as called for on the outside. While it looks beautiful, we just sprinkled some on prior to serving. This pairs wonderfully with coffee and I'd make it again.
    about Donut loaf from Midwest Made added on April 29, 2020

  • I love a good black and white and I'm especially missing these now during the quarantine. This is not the recipe - these cookies are... not great. Initially I thought perhaps they were overbaked and dried out a touch. I made larger cookies and put them in for less time. They should be a touch cakey and these were just not like visiting a NYC bakery. I debating making the entire frosting recipe and it frankly tasted like a pressed sugar candy necklace... just sweet without anything interesting going on. Disappointing. I will try another recipe next time.
    about Black and white cookies from Ready for Dessert added on April 24, 2020

  • I made this to pair with the Disneyworld three cheese grilled cheese sandwich and it was the perfect pairing. Unfortunately I had to amend the tomato soup recipe a slight bit due to not having enough fresh tomatoes, but it still worked out nicely.
    about Cream of tomato soup from Share added on April 22, 2020

  • This is such a simple recipe, but it transforms so many dishes. Highly recommended for pops of flavor and color.
    about Lime-pickled red onion from Bon Appétit Magazine, April 2016 added on April 21, 2020

  • These are a treat! The recipe doesn't mention chilling the dough, though I would recommend doing so. The 3 Tbsp scoop is also quite generous... my cookies were massive. I'll make these again though.
    about Doubletree Hotels' chocolate chip cookie from Delish added on April 14, 2020

  • This was one of my favorite recipes from those that I made. It's vibrant, flavorful, and a great mix of flavors.
    about Norteño tacos from Baja California Cookbook added on March 31, 2020

  • I had some issues with this one, namely because it entails frying the dried chipotle chiles. I don't know that it really substantially changed them or was worth the hassle.
    about Black sauce (Salsa negra) from Baja California Cookbook added on March 31, 2020

  • Easy to make and a nice flavor.
    about Charred green salsa from Baja California Cookbook added on March 31, 2020

  • I had never had carne seca and it was interesting, but not something I'd pursue sourcing. I really liked cooking the tomatoes down and the bold flavors.
    about Beef machaca wih eggs from Baja California Cookbook added on March 31, 2020

  • These are excellent tacos, but I did make some short cuts - like buying kimchi and putting the short ribs through the vitamix to make it more of a taco meat consistency.
    about Korean short rib tacos with kimchi from Share added on March 31, 2020