Latkes: Jewish Potato Fritters

Yes, latkes can be incredibly easy to make, but the quality of your end result latkes depends on how well the batter can stay together while frying. The batter itself is made with your shredded main latke base, egg, matzo meal (kosher bread crumbs), and some additional seasoning as desired. To make the batter stick … Read more

Joulutortut: Finnish Jam Pinwheel Pastries

Joulutortut: Finnish Jam Pinwheel Pastries

As we pursue to make traditional holiday dishes from around the world, I doubt that any will look as aesthetically appealing as joulutortut does. It certainly requires a bit of extra finesse in order to get the joulutortut into its pinwheel shape, but a finished joulutortut pastry, especially with the color contrast between the golden pastry and the dark purple prune … Read more

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