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Thumb_10489_Hamentaschen

Thumb_10489_Hamentaschen

These are traditional cookies for the Jewish holiday Purim. They're meant to look like little tricorn hats representing Haman, one of the villains in the story. They're traditionally filled with prune and poppyseed preserves, but are great with apricot, strawberry or any other seedless jams or pie fillings.

Thumb_13373_Plum Bars

Thumb_13373_Plum Bars

The bars themselves are really simple -- just a quick shortbread that gets cooked off before the jam goes on, and then cooked again with a grated shortbread topping. The resulting cookies are rich like shortbread, but lighter and more moist. Read more about this recipe at Cook & Eat.

Thumb_15799_Vanilla Ice Cream

Thumb_15799_Vanilla Ice Cream

Though everyone has their favorite ice cream flavor, sometimes nothing beats plain old vanilla, especially accompanied by a warm slice of pie or dark chocolate cake. This recipe calls for whole vanilla bean to give the ice cream authentic vanilla flavor.

Thumb_20156_Ground Beef And Pistachio Kebabs

Thumb_20156_Ground Beef And Pistachio Kebabs

In Turkey, they cook kebabs over the grill and not directly on it so that the meat becomes crispy on the outside and light and airy on the inside, without getting charred. Read more about this recipe in Spice: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean.

Thumb_19485_Pita Sandwich With Tuna And Chickpeas

Thumb_19485_Pita Sandwich With Tuna And Chickpeas

Use leftover bulgur with tomatoes to make this hearty sandwich. This recipe is part of Andrew Schloss's Sunday Dinners.

Thumb_8634_Walnut Rolls

Thumb_8634_Walnut Rolls

These rolls take awhile to make, but they're really simple in the end. Wrap them in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil, and they'll keep in the freezer for several months. (Though it's unlikely that they won't be eaten before then.)  This recipe makes 8 small rolls, but you can also bake 4 larger ones.