Right now, you're probably thinking, "What's majadra?" Well, I'm here to tell you. Aside from being a Middle Eastern staple, it is a mix of lentils, rice, onions and a hearty and tasty mix of spices.
It's a classic at traditional Israel and Arabic restaurants, and even served to kids in schools. It's vegetarian and filling, and especially welcome on a cold day. Sometimes spelled mujaddara or mejadra, it comes from the Arabic word for smallpox, because of the resemblence of the lentils against the rice.
If there's one thing I look forward to every Chanukah season, it's doughnuts. While some people likely venture into deep-fry territory more often than once a year, I can't justify such a... less than healthy indulgence more than that. But evey December I dream up new and more delicious sufganiya-like creations to celebrate the holiday. It's all about the oil, baby.
Tis the season ... for pumpkin desserts. Wherever you go this time of year, pumpkin flavors abound, and for good reason - they're delicious. There has even been an outcry over the recent shortage of Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks. It's caused people to go into seasonal withdrawal.
Got any leftover chicken in the fridge? How about leftover turkey? If you've just finished a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, chances are there is some turkey hanging around in the fridge. And once you've made some sandwiches, turn the rest into this delicious and hearty soup. Of course, if you managed to finish off the turkey, you can cook some more to make the soup from scratch, just let it cool before shredding it with two forks.