carrot & chana dal hotpot

Ahlan wa sahlan, shabaab! Life update: I’m six days into a summer-long intensive Arabic course, and already I’m dreaming in Arabic (OK, so they’re more like stress dreams about the next vocab quiz, but I’m hoping that my dream-self will start speaking shaami any night now). In addition to four hours of class time plus three…

lentils & rice with caramelized onions & mushrooms

Many New Yorkers may wake up this morning, take one look  at the snowy yet calm street scenes outside their windows, and promptly curse the meteorologists, the journalists and the mayor who whipped the city into a panic yesterday over the unstoppable advance of a “historic and crippling blizzard” that never actually arrived. Sure, the stoops of the brownstones have all…