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    Ataiyef are a traditional treat for the Jews of Aleppo during Hanukkah, usually eaten during an afternoon break with tea or coffee and on special occasions, such as weddings. Besides Hanukkah, they are also served at engagement parties and at Shavuot, a harvest holiday that commemorates the giving of the Torah. For this recipe, chill the syrup (Shira) before using so that the hot pancakes stay crisp. Recipe adapted from Aromas of Aleppo. Cooking time is approximate.

    Recipe #268738

    There are many variations on kibbee. This is the one my husband grew up with; it comes from a cookbook published by his grandmother's Armenian orthodox church. Fortunately, leftover kibbee is delicious, because this recipe makes a LOT.

    Recipe #477619

    This is similar to the Greek dessert, Baklava, but not as syrupy. It is the Syrian version. My DH is the one who makes this as I have no patience for the phyllo dough, and he does it really good!!!

    Recipe #95151

    From the 2002 cookbook, Mediterranean Street Food.

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    Recipe #147020

    I received this recipe from a friend of mine.

    Recipe #469918

    This cheese is used in a lot of sweets, including katayif and knafa. I am guessing on the prep time and cooking time because I am not sure exactly how long it takes the water to drain because I never timed it.

    Recipe #436139

    Found on Kuk's Kitchen blog. The poster is unnamed but the intro reads thus: "Chicken stew and appam was a staple at my home when guests came. But the stew I remember the most was one that my mum made on my cousin S's wedding day breakfast. Not sure if that special taste was due to the prior shallow frying of chicken pieces by my aunt E, my mum's special loving touch or the fact that it was such an enjoyable day with all of us cousins sitting around the breakfast table before our dear S chettan got married". Times shown are my guess only.

    Recipe #506801

    The pan should be 2-3" deep You will need 2 very large bowls You will need a large knife Middle East stores will have the wheat but make sure it's medium ground. Have the butcher trim fat & grind lamb,you need the amount after the fat is trimmed. Use "good" spices I put 3T.salt but this is to taste Syrian bread is thinner than Pita This dish is made with Lamb and Wheat as it's main ingredients. It goes far & freezes well after baking. I wrap 3 slices each freeze & take out what we need. This is "healthy" eating.Any questions please contact me. Carrie PS, This is the dish many eat raw with raw onions & olive oil over the top. "Yes,it's good raw" and lamb is a very clean meat.

    Recipe #133486

    After having lived in Syria for the past year for school, I learned how to make several authentic dishes. They will probably taste different outside the Middle East due to the availability of items seasonally and brands of ingredients used. This dish is a blend of carrots, peas and meat in a tomato-based broth that is served with Middle Eastern-style rice. Arabs are used to having family over--it's a family based culture--so it's meant to be shared.

    Recipe #409391

    This dish is similar to Bazella, with its tomato-based broth. In this dish, the main ingredients are fasoulia, a type of lima bean and meat. Cubes of lamb may be substituted for the beef. I learned how to prepare this dish while I was living in Syria for a year, studying abroad. Please note: if you use dry lima beans, they must soak in water overnight. The shells may come off of them when you begin to cook them, but this is normal.

    Recipe #409559

    From: The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean: A Celebration of the World's Most Healthful Foods by Sheryl and Mel London In Syria, noodles and lentils are spiced in a most unusual way for a Western palate that expects all pasta dishes to contain oregano or basil rather than allspice and coriander. We think you'll find that this Middle East combination is rather pleasing and unusual.

    Recipe #263490

    I've tried lots of recipes and this one is my family's favorite! Using instant yeast, you can make 20-22 "pitettes" or 8 medium bread rounds in about 90 minutes, including baking time! There is no fat or sugar added (except for the sugars in the dry milk powder).

    Recipe #486447

    This recipe is from Damascus Syria ; it is one of many thousands of recipes in the Syrian kitchen . my Mama used to make this for us as an appetizer and yet I eat it as a main corse cuz it is sooo good . Syrians are fussy people when it comes to food ie if its not extra good and tasty it will be forgotten and scrappped from the menu . Tip 4 you : put 1 tbls of allspice when you boil any meat. This will make the scum of the meat cluster so it will be easier to skim and remember that when the water is starting to boil you dump it ....yes you dump it then you wash the meat and put new fresh water .Why is that ?? well let me tell you that your meat will taste better,stay fresher for longer time . and remember to look for the arabic food store near you to get your olive oil taste different .

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    3 Reviews |  By chia

    from todays NY Times

    Recipe #128047

    Puff rolls, these should be hallow in the center, but sometimes and they were not. Traveled extremely well in my husbands lunch. As with most of my recipes, I haven't got a clue where they came from. At the time I was writing the recipe down, all I was concerned with was "Do I have the ingredients".

    Recipe #88891

    I copied this out of a cookbook probably over 20 years ago and have been making it ever since. It's always a hit at parties and everyone asks for the recipe.

    Recipe #34026

    This sandwich goes waaay over the top! From a local restaurant which sadly does not offer this sandwich on their menu anymore. The restaurant did not skimp on the cheese either. I think the restaurant's manager said they lost their local supplier. It's also been a long time since I tried this that I don't remember if the restaurant added herbs to the sandwich (if they did it was a light sprinkle of dried parsley or oregano). I, however, and thankfully I might add, found Syrian cheese recently at our local Middle Eastern store. I can't tell you the exact type of cheese it is other than describing it as hard/semi-hard, strongly flavored, white and salty. It could very well have been jibne baida which is what was used for this recipe. If anyone out there knows and is more familiar with Syrian cheese, could you please set me straight? Yes, three ingredients-ok, technically four!

    Recipe #371871

    A dish of Syrian origin, Middle Eastern cooking. Served over rice. Cooking time includes marinating.

    Recipe #233666

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