Cultured Palate: International Dishes from Morocco

5. Zaalouk

Another popular salad that can be found on Moroccan tables during the mezze salad course is zaalouk, a hot salad made of stewed eggplant combined with tomatoes and spices. It can be served before the main dish or as a side. If you want to vary it up, squeeze some lemon juice over the dish, or add some chili oil right before serving.

Zaalouk is similar to other Middle Eastern dishes with eggplant, such as the warm dip baba ghanouj. Some people have called it Morocco’s answer to ratatouille as you can add in roasted red peppers or chopped zucchini, depending on your preference.

Mariontxa / Shutterstock



Cultured Palate: Dishes from Iran

Iranian cuisine uses a myriad of spices, dried and fresh fruits, herbs, and nuts to flavor dishes. These ingredients turn even the simplest meal of rice and stewed meat into a sensory explosion.

Around the World in Holiday Baking

Every December, millions of pounds of butter, sugar, and flour contribute to the creation of spectacular treats for holiday celebrations. Even if you’re not ordinarily a baker, many people venture into the kitchen before the holidays to make sure that they’ve got plenty of treats to offer to family and friends.

The Most Unusual McDonald’s Menu Items from Around the World

If you’re a fast-food connoisseur, chances are you’re already familiar with the McDonald’s menu that’s typical in North America. They bring in new choices fairly frequently. However, most people stick with their usual order of Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, fries, McFlurries, and Apple Pies. It’s familiar food, and the bulk of the menu is essentially…