Day: September 2, 2021

Charleston chefs share comfort food recipes from Lebanon, Philippines, Pakistan, Vietnam | Food

In the United States, comfort food might be mac and cheese or mom’s pot roast. But nearly everyone has a food that evokes nostalgia. That includes cultures that don’t call it comfort food; they just call it food made with love. We asked Charleston chefs who grew up in different cultures what comfort food is for them.






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Dolly Awkar, of Leyla, makes baked kafta Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 in Charleston. Grace Beahm Alford/Staff




Dolly Awkar, Lebanese

“We don’t have comfort food because cooking is part of the family life and our tradition, and it is a daily comfort,” said Dolly Awkar, general manager and owner of Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine in downtown Charleston.

Awkar says she grew up with a housekeeper who cooked for the family, which included Awkar, her parents, two brothers and a sister. Although there was no notion of comfort food in Lebanon,

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13 Delicious Recipes to Eat Eggs for Dinner

When searching for a meatless dinner idea that’s still rich in protein, eggs are underrated. Sure, having breakfast for dinner is always a solid option, but eggs are good for more than being a side to pancakes and hash browns. Below are recipes for pasta, curry, sandwiches and scrambles that are decidedly dinner-appropriate. If you’re looking for more vegetarian dinner ideas, sign up for The Veggie, New York Times Cooking’s new weekly newsletter.

The filling of this popular Korean street-food sandwich is made with cabbage, carrots and scallions, loosely bound with an egg and fried in butter. It’s served on toasted, sugar-dusted slices of milk bread for that salty-sweet experience. Darun Kwak’s recipe also calls for ham, which you can, of course, forgo for a vegetarian dinner.

This recipe doubles as a dinner party main and a stunning centerpiece. Alexa Weibel’s tart, adapted from “The Modern Cook’s Year” by Anna

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