Siga Tibs (Ethiopian Beef Stew)

Despite what restaurant menus say, Ethiopians don’t eat a ton of meat ~ mostly legumes and the like. So, this would be a special dish ~ New Years, birthdays, etc. As such, it’s part stir-fry, part stew, and even with…

Bowl of Thai beef and basil on rice

Pad Gra Prow (Thai Beef and Basil)

I like Thai food, and I like basil, but I don’t like dried coconut, so any time I find a recipe it makes Kat happy.  It also helps that we have a ridiculous amount of basil in the pots this…

Libyan green peppers stuffed with lamb, rice, and tomatoes

Lybian Mahshi (Stuffed Vegetables)

So “mahshi” means “stuffed” in Arabic. You can stuff a lot of vegetables like zucchini or eggplant if you really want to. I don’t want to, so I’m sticking with green peppers. At 48, I’m allowed to make these choices….

Kofta Kebabs with roasted vegetables and naan

Kofta Kebabs

…well, mostly anyway.  To date, I haven’t been able to keep them on the sticks.  I think it’s a combination of not kneading the meat mix enough and not waiting  long enough before turning.  Fortunately this makes for nice finger-food…

Beef Shish Kebabs

Yay!  Meat on a stick!  Except I don’t serve it on a stick.  Served here with a home-made lavash and a cucumber-mint dip.  It’s one of the ultimate finger-foods after pizza: tear off a bit of bread, grab some meat…

Beef Shawarma

Beef Shawarma (grilled)

This isn’t a real shawarma, because I don’t have one of those nifty vertical rotisseries.  This is a fairly common affliction among cooks, so we try and make do with what we have.   This version is straight-up grilled, though I…

Pesto-Bacon Cheeseburger

Pesto-Bacon Cheeseburgers

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…

Brioche Buns

Brioche Burger 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.

Nom Nom Nom Naan NOM

Nom Nom Nom Naan NOM

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

Chicken Koobideh Kabobs

 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…