Category: Food

Recipe Corner: Beef and Bean Enchiladas

Recipe Corner: Beef and Bean Enchiladas

Beef and Bean Enchiladas 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 1 can (1 lb.) vegetarian refried beans 2 large cloves garlic, minced 1 cup green chili salsa (or salsa of your choice) 1/3 cup taco sauce 2 cans (10 oz. each) enchilada sauce 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon […]

Ani Catering and Café Entices with Armenian and Middle Eastern Food

Ani Catering and Café Entices with Armenian and Middle Eastern Food

By Aram Arkun Mirror-Spectator Staff BELMONT, Mass. – Lately more and more restaurants in the Boston area seem to be offering shawarma and other Middle Eastern foods, but Ani Catering and Café in Belmont has a combination of spices in its mix that make its chicken shawarma different from the others. It has become the […]

Recipe Corner: Lamb and Eggplant Meatball Pita Sandwiches

Eggplant always seems to have a love-it-or-hate-it audience. But “even people who claim they don’t like eggplant love these easy meatballs,” says Christine Vartanian Datian. You can use a small ice cream scoop to shape these meatballs quickly.   PREP AND COOK TIME:  About 1 hour. Ingredients:   2 cups chopped eggplant 1 1/2 pounds ground lean […]

Recipe Corner: Lentil, Potato and Kale Soup

By Christine Vartanian Datian Nutrition-packed meal is disguised as delicious soup. Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds dried brown or green lentil beans, washed and drained 1 large onion, diced or sliced 3 stalks celery, including tops, diced 2 carrots, diced 3-4 cloves garlic, minced 1 small baking potato, peeled and diced 1/2 medium green or red […]

Immigrant Kitchen: Live Music and a Tablespoon of Rose Water

Immigrant Kitchen: Live Music and a Tablespoon of Rose Water

By Lindsay Sterling NEW BRUNSWICK, Maine — When my physical therapist, Amin Saab, in Brunswick, Maine heard about my quest to learn a dish from every country in the world, he connected me with his Armenian mother in Cape Cod. In August, she and I sat together on her back porch, overlooking a beach packed […]

RECIPES: Shrimp and Avocado Pita Pizzas with Cotija Cheese

RECIPES: Shrimp and Avocado Pita Pizzas with Cotija Cheese

By Christine Vartanian Datian Hot and healthy is the way to go with these Middle Eastern by way of Mexico pizzas.     4 – 8” or 9″ large whole wheat tortillas 3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, thawed if frozen 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced 1/2 medium red onion, chopped 1 medium red […]

RECIPES Chickpea and Green Bean Salad with Lemon Lebni

Ingredients: 3-4 cups cooked chickpeas (or canned garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained) 1 cup cooked or canned green beans, diced into medium pieces 1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped 1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped 1/2 red or green bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 medium red onion, chopped 2 stalks celery and tops, chopped 1 medium tomato, […]

RECIPES: Caramelized Onion & Cheese Za’atar Spread for Middle Eastern Bread Salad Sandwiches

By Christine Datian 1 medium white or yellow onion, thinly sliced 1 cup fresh Mozzarella or Jack cheese, shredded 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 2-3 cloves minced garlicD 1 teaspoon za’atar (Middle Eastern spice mixture) 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional) Chopped flat-leaf parsley (2-3 tablespoons) […]