Celebrating Community: A Round-up from Tasting Jerusalem

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A little over two weeks into our virtual cooking community, Tasting Jerusalem, we thought we would tempt you with some visual highlights and links to the sights and virtual smells wafting from so many kitchens all over the continent! (Tasting Jerusalem is a virtual cooking community exploring Middle Eastern Cuisine through the lens of “Jerusalem: A Cookbook” by Ottolenghi and Tamimi, published by Ten Speed Press.)

Tasting Jerusalem round-upBlue Kale Road

Braised Eggs with Lamb, Tahini and Sumac: Tasting Jerusalem

Hannah from Blue Kale Road is in love with community and condiments: “I’ve embarked on a culinary adventure. This is a new journey, one where I am cooking virtually with a community that shares a love for trying unique flavors and exploring a cookbook in depth. I couldn’t be happier! ….”

 

Tasting Jerusalem round-upThe Daily Waffle

Tasting Jerusalem: Turkey Zucchini Burgers w Sumac Yogurt Sauce

Michelle from The Daily Waffle shared her brilliant idea to serve these little gems as a SuperBowl snack! “… The recipe specifies 45 gram (essentially two-bite) patties, which makes them perfect little appetizers for the Big Game.  A pound of turkey makes about 18 patties, so consider doubling it depending on your crowd and the rest of your Super Bowl spread.

 

Tasting Jerusalem round-upThe Daily Waffle

Tasting Jerusalem: Barley Risotto w Marinated Feta

While this recipe was not from the monthly recipe list, we just love Michelle’s enthusiasm to kick-off the cooking as well as her gorgeous photos and the insight she shared with the group via Twitter about how the recipe came together. More than a regimented cooking schedule, Tasting Jerusalem is about encouraging conversation and enthusiasm about cooking through the book and learning about the cuisine! So thanks, Michelle!

More Jerusalem posts to explore:

Head over to our Facebook page, (already 44 people talking, contributing, and following along) to see many more interesting conversations and contributions including Emily from EpicureanOdyssey.com who has been sharing her Middle Eastern expertise with us all and Ani from cooking-spree.com who fell in love with the spinach salad on this month’s recipe list (as has almost everyone who tasted it). And we heard this week that a kids’ cooking class in Canada run by Mardi of the blog Eat Live Travel Write is cooking the turkey burgers so we can’t wait to see more details from Mardi on her blog soon! I also taught the spinach salad to a cooking class last weekend with great success – more on that soon.

And in case you didn’t get a chance to see them, here are a couple of fun articles about our virtual cooking community:

Coming by mid February – another interesting spice or condiment to discover and several new dishes to cook as we continue to explore this fascinating cookbook together as a community! Come join the fun by following omgyummy.com, liking our Facebook page, or following the hashtag #TastingJrslm on Twitter and Instagram.

 

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8 Responses to Celebrating Community: A Round-up from Tasting Jerusalem

  1. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write) January 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Yay, yes! Thanks for the shoutout! ….. I’m getting there – promise! On Monday :))))) With 13 little boys under the age of 12! So inspiring to see all this activity over this fabulous book :)

  2. Beth January 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    So excited to see what they do and hear what they think of the flavors. And can I say, after teaching my first cooking class this past Saturday, how freakishly impressed I am that you teach 13 little boys under the age of 12 on a regular basis. I know you are professionally trained as a teacher and probably have it all down to a science, but wow, teaching cooking classes is A LOT OF WORK. Pat yourself on the back every time ok??!!

  3. orly @yumivore February 1, 2013 at 12:26 am #

    it’s fun to virtually cook together, thanks for the mention!

    • Beth February 1, 2013 at 6:12 am #

      Thanks for all of your great ideas, unique perspective, and cooking conversation – keep it coming!

  4. Phil February 3, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Beth, I just LOVE your blog. I love the photos, the design, the tone. I’m not much of a cook, but reading your posts surely makes me want to be! I think I have HAVE to try those turkey zucchini burgers!

    • Beth February 4, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      You should try them – I could imagine a few tweaks and they could become a Hungarian version and you know the sauce that goes with uses “Hungarian ketchup” :-)

    • Beth February 4, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      P.S. and thank you for the very kind words about my blog Phil – much appreciated!

  5. Carol Sacks February 4, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Thanks so much for the mention! Congrats on the momentum for Tasting Jerusalem, too!

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