Falafel You Say

By Michael J. Cain

Growing up in a small town in the Midwest provided few opportunities to experience international foods. At home we ate pot roast and chicken and rarely went out to a restaurant. I’d eaten plenty of spaghetti as a kid, but that didn’t mean I had eaten Italian food. Mexican food had never been served in my home, nor had German, Greek or Middle Eastern dishes. Once I left home and began making food choices on my own, I was amazed at the variety of options. read more

From Cookout to Pop-Up: Kaftas with a Story

By Emily Grumbling

On July 4th, 2011 Syma Qatanani found herself in a common summer conundrum: invited to a holiday cookout, searching for something to bring for the grill. She already had kafta— a seasoned ground meat traditionally prepared as meatballs, with variations throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, South Asia, and the Middle East. She thoughtfully pulled in a few other choice ingredients, fashioning patties around a garlicky cream cheese core, and her legendary Kafta Burger was born. read more

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