FOOD 101: Pastilla, Bastilla, Bisteeya, B’stilla

Alluring and delicious. Photo © Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog.   Pastilla, pronounced “bastilla” in the Arabic of North Africa, is a traditional Moroccan dish that crossed the Straits of Gilbraltar from Andalusia, Spain. It is transliterated from the Arabic pastilla, bastilla, bisteeya, b’stilla or bstilla. It all means “delicious,” says Hannah Kaminsky. Traditionally served…
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TIP: Easy Appetizer Napoleons

Avocado-portabella napoleon with lavash layers. Photo © Delicious Knowledge | California Avocado Commission   When most of us think of napoleons, we think of a mille-feuille (millefoglie in Italian), filled with custard. Mille-feuille means “thousand leaves,” three rectangular sheets of puff pastry spread with Bavarian cream, pastry cream, whipped cream, custard, jam or fruit purée,…
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RECIPE: Winter Vegetable Kabobs

Yes, we’re past Thanksgiving, but these “Thanksgiving Kabobs” work all fall and winter and are equally fun for Christmas dinner. They may even have people who don’t like to eat vegetables asking for more! Our friend Hannah Kaminsky of BittersweetBlog.com created “Thanksgiving kabobs” from all the classic Thanksgiving (and Christmas) accoutrements. They’re threaded onto portion-controlled,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Exciting Vegan Sushi Ideas

Pickle Me: a recipe with six grain rice, avocado, carrot, gobo, and pickled daikon. Photo courtesy Beyond Sushi.   In our book, to say you were a contestant on the Gordon Ramsay bleepfest TV show, Hell’s Kitchen, is not a status credential. The majority of cheftestants, who can curse expertly but can’t consistently cook a…
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COOKING VIDEO: Vegetarian Italian Sausage

  Since this week’s Top Pick is the Veggie Patch vegetarian line, our weekly video recipe follows suit. These delicious vegetarian sausages are billed as vegetarian in the video, but they’re actually vegan—no animal-based ingredients are used. Even the special flavoring, Bill’s Best Chik’Nish Seasoning, is vegan. The meatless sausages are made with a base…
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