Shawarma is kinda like gyros (and later, Mexican al pastor), from the same origin dating back to the 17th/18th century Ottoman empire, though with different flavors.  Like it’s parent, the doner kebab, it traditionally it would be lamb on a…

Tahini sauce is one of those multi-purpose workhorses of the Middle Eastern world.  It’s heart is sesame (tahini) paste, and good as a complement for all things savory. This makes a rather lot of it, but it all gets eaten….

Dry taco seasoning

I loves me some fancy marinades, but sometimes it’s Tuesday night and I want tacos with a minimum of fuss.  This blend is made up of stuff everyone should have in their spice cabinet.  It works equally well with ground…

Pesto-Bacon Cheeseburger

Summertime….and the burgers’ easy…  Well it is. Despite it’s fancy-pants look, they’re pretty straight-forward.  There’s the extra step of making pesto, but don’t let it intimidate.  The patties are slider-style, which I like because they have onions in, and they…

Pesto

I love pesto.  More importantly, Kat loves pesto.  Thankfully, it’s super-easy and one batch makes for a couple of meals so long as my beloved wife doesn’t eat it all in the middle of the night….

Brioche Buns

What would a great burger be without a great bun.  Right?  Big, round, buttery buns.  Like these buns.  This recipe makes 9-12, so good for a small gathering.

Home-made tortillas

‘K y’all. These might not be the prettiest tortillas in the world, but they sure taste good.  I’m not sure what else to say about that right now, so let’s tuck in and do a spot of cooking.

This is a pretty straight-up and standard dip/sauce for most Middle-Eastern fare. It’s kinda like a tzatziki, but the mint gives it a nice twist.  I made it the other night for some kabobs, but it would go with pretty…

Yeeah… so a bunch of years ago I made some killer naan (ask Kari and John) but somewhere in between I lost my notes, and my mojo, and ended up making bread with vaguely naan type flavors. The family liked…

Koobideh Kabob

Koobideh are Persian ground meat kabobs, so a bit different from the normal US fare, but they’re delightfully rich and aromatic. Cooked on the grill, it’s the perfect sort of dish for a hot summer’s night. For this version I…