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Ingredient Tue Mar 27 2007

Make it yourself with tahini

Tahini and lemons There are plenty of places to get great middle eastern food in the city, but there's really only one key ingredient you need in order to make many of the best middle eastern dips at home: tahini. It's basically peanut butter made with sesame seeds instead of peanuts. And the good news is it's not hard to find. It can be found at most ethnic markets with any middle eastern influence and even Whole Foods carries it. It's not expensive and it will keep for quite a while tightly sealed in the fridge.

Baba ghanoush

Once you've obtained a jar of your own, suddenly the wide world of hummus, baba ghanoush, and any other middle eastern dressing, spread or dip you can imagine is open to you. Even cookies can be made with the stuff. While you won't be tempted to eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon like peanut butter, you won't be sorry you have it around. You're just one eggplant or can of chickpeas away from a delicious homemade dip. No tip required.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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