Sachertorte: Austrian Layered Chocolate Cake

Sachertorte: Austrian Layered Chocolate Cake

Today is a very special day. Yes, it’s Sinterklaas in Holland and Father’s Day in Thailand, but that’s not the reason why today is such a special food day. In fact, unless you’re a native of Vienna, Austria, or a buff on the Viennese cuisine, you might not immediately associate December 5 with National Sachertorte Day. … Read more

Melomakarona: Greek Honey-Dipped Christmas Cookies

Melomakarona: Greek Honey-Dipped Christmas Cookies

Over here at Arousing Appetites, we take our holiday seasons very seriously. It’s a fantastic time to get together with friends and family and to reflect and express gratitude on the year that was. Of course, it’s also a great time to eat. Cuisines around the world each have their own special (and delicious!) holiday traditions, … Read more

Harira: Moroccan Tomato and Beef Stew

Harira: Moroccan Tomato and Beef Stew

As we head into the winter months, Heather and I have been on the lookout for more warmer and heartier dishes that pair well with the colder weather. Using these criteria, harira was a really easy find. And with an abundance of extra ingredients as we come away from Thanksgiving, it was the perfect way to … Read more

Oyster Cajun Stuffing

As an homage to the Thanksgiving in all its American splendor, we thought it appropriate to find a cajun stuffing recipe from a little closer to home. Even in the US, though, “home” is really a melting pot of many different regional cuisines, so this was a prime opportunity to explore one of the more vibrant … Read more

Gibanica: Serbian Cheese Pie

Gibanica: Serbian Cheese Pie

One thing I love about our little project to internationalize our upcoming holiday meals is how and from where recipe inspiration can come from, literally anywhere. For example, I had no idea about any type of dishes from Serbian cuisine, but we were really pleasantly surprised to learn about how many amazing recipes are out … Read more

Fattoush: Lebanese Sumac Lemon Salad

Fattoush: Lebanese Sumac Lemon Salad

With the holiday season coming up, Heather and I both thought it would be fun to find ways to “internationalize” our upcoming holiday meals with our friends and family. Not that we don’t love what you’d traditionally find around the Thanksgiving table (trust me, we do), but this seems like it will be a really fun challenge. … Read more