Rustic Beef, Leeks and Potato Patties

Leeks and potatoes patties are a favorite of mine, and I make them often, when leeks are in season (click HERE for the recipe). So when I’ve found nice leeks at the store, I was planning on making them again. Continue reading

Beef Stew with Beer and Spices

Beef stew is one of the best dishes to have on a cold winter day. It’s hearty, filling and warming from the inside.
In the stew I have here, I’ve used light beer as the cooking liquid, which gave the stew a unique, deep flavor. Continue reading

Flat Iron Steak with Tarragon-Cashew Pesto

Even though many people refer to Pesto as a paste/sauce made primarily from basil leaves and pine nuts, the term “pesto” can actually be used to describe any other similar types of paste. Continue reading

Herbed Meatballs and Stuffed Onions with Cherries

Herbed Meatballs and Stuffed Onions with Cherries Ronit PensoMeatballs cooked with cherries, are known in the Persian, Bukharin and Georgian cuisines. Stuffed onions are also known in these cuisines, and in the Turkish and Greek ones as well. In the following dish, I took the liberty of combining all the above into a free-style version, while using different seasoning and mixing the two dishes in the same pot. Continue reading

Chili con Carne

Chili con Carne Ronit PensoChile con carne is one of my favorite cold weather dishes. Over the years, I came up with the following recipe, that became my go-to recipe, but even this one keeps evolving. Continue reading

“Porcupine” Meatballs with Eggplants and Tomatoes

Porcupine Meatballs Ronit Penso

Adding rice to meatballs is an old tradition, which can be found in many cuisines around the world. The “porcupine” version is also known in quite a few of them, especially in the Persian and Chinese cuisines.
However, in many of these versions the whimsical “porcupine” effect, i.e. the rice grains protruding noticeably, is not always as pronounced as you can see here.

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Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

Stuffed Cabbage Leaves Ronit PensoThere are so many recipes for stuffed cabbage leaves, from all over the world, each is special and tasty, and it’s hard to choose between them all.

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A Fairly Low-Fat Moussaka

Moussaka Ronit PensoMoussaka is a great Greek dish; layers of potatoes, fried eggplants, minced meat cooked with tomatoes and herbs, all topped with thick Béchamel sauce…  It is so very tasty, yet at the same time, quite heavy, mostly due to the enormous amounts of oil the eggplant absorbs while frying. Continue reading