1015. Iraqi Steamed Aubergines

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Steamed anything is enough to have me turning the other way, but stay with me for a second. These steamed aubergines are so flavorful, you will forget they were steamed at all! Whole aubergines are pierced throughout and left to steam in a magic shallow bath, resulting in the silkiest aubergines, and the most flavorsome broth.

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1014. Zebra Cheesecake

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Cheesecake has always been a revered dessert ever since I remember being fist introduced to it at eleven years old. Before that, my favorite dessert was creme caramel; I just had to have it at every restaurant outing no matter the season, although no restaurant surpassed my mother’s. So the culinary creativity in variants of cheesecake appeals to me. Baked, water bath, or no-bake; sour cream, red velvet, japanese; parfaits or crowd-serving; I love them all. Continue reading “1014. Zebra Cheesecake”

1013. Baked Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches

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I recently discovered the most delightful Brazilian blog with so many amazing dishes and beautiful pictures. While I did spend way more time than anticipated pinning left, right, and center, this cheesy bubbly oven baked sandwich casserole stuck in my mind. Layers of cheese, deli turkey breast, and tomato are sandwiched between bread and topped with an unctuous cheesy, mustard-cream sauce.

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1010. Zaatar Caesar Salad

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Zaatar caesar salad was something I came across a picture of on social media. I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind, nor have I been able to find a recipe for it, so I decided to experiment. Conclusion: success! I avoided anchovies in the dressing since people tend to get squirmish at the thought, plus if the dressing were to stay overnight, the fishy smell and taste would be overwhelming.

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1007. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The ingredient list is actually short were it not for the spices. Sugars, butter, flour and an egg with a healthy dose of pure pumpkin puree are mixed with the perfect Autumnal spices and flavorings. After a brief refrigeration stint, the cookies are baked into a soft chewy bites. Continue reading “1007. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies”