Filo Pastries with Bison Meat, Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts

While I usually combine filo dough with different vegetarian fillings, this time I opted for a meat one. My original plan was to use lamb, but when I saw bison meat at the store, I decided to make a switch. Continue reading

A Few Dishes with Dandelion Greens

Dandelion is known mostly as a seasonal plant, of which all its parts have been used in cooking and traditional medicine from ancient times. To many who are unfamiliar with the plant, the greens are many times considered an invasive weed in fields and gardens, but they are in fact edible and highly nutritious. As I’m not a gardener myself, nor a forager of wild greens, I’ve never tried them, until I recently found them at the store, and decided to buy a bunch. Continue reading

Lamb and Fennel Stew

Lamb and Fennel Stew Ronit PensoThis quick and easy to prepare stew is the perfect dish for this season, when spring somehow refuses to fully arrive, yet the heavier winter’s stews are not as happily accepted.

Fennel is a wonderful vegetable, with a distinctive anise flavor, which is one of my favorites. Its fresh flavor pairs wonderfully with the relatively heavy lamb cut. To enhance this anise flavor, I’ve added fennel seeds and a bit of Ouzo, the Greek anise flavored liquor. Continue reading

Armenian Meat Pie (Lahmajoon) with Quick Yogurt-Spelt Dough

Armenian Meat Pie (Lahmajoon) with Quick Yogurt-Spelt Dough Ronit PensoLahmajoon, or “dough with meat”, is a well known Armenian dish, with many variations all around the Middle East and the Mediterranean. It is traditionally made with yeast dough, shaped into a circle, like cheese pizza.

Here, I’ve decided to use dough that is quicker to make, made with yogurt and olive oil, instead of the traditional yeast dough.

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Roast Beef with Roasted Vegetables

Roast Beef + Roasted Vegetables Ronit Penso

The Holidays season brings with it lots of roast beef recipes, and rightly so, as it is one of the best dishes for an easy and tasty entertaining. The only problem is that many of these recipes are very long and detailed.
While it is the best approach for many, others may be deterred by the overwhelming information and end up thinking the dish is too complicated to even try. So, my goal here is to try to make the explanations as short and as simple as possible.

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