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This comforting Roman egg-drop soup is inspired by Roman stracciatella—meaning “little rags,” the shape of egg bits dropped into chicken broth, mingling with pasta and umami-rich Parm.

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Fresh-flavored peas and meaty pancetta pair beautifully in our version of pasta con piselli e pomodoro. Pasta absorbs the flavor of pancetta fat and tomato juices in the skillet, which form the sauce.

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This zingy green chickpea curry—inspired by Madhur Jaffrey’s “Vegetarian India”—is warming yet bright with a cilantro-scallion puree and a cut of lime juice.

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Steaming bowls of tender chickpeas and potatoes, doused with tangy sauces—the Afghani street food shor nakhod—inspired this freshly flavorful bowl of chickpea and cauliflower.

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After tasting this gelato-like emerald pesto in Amalfi, Italy, our editorial director J.M. Hirsch writes that this incredibly herbaceous and rich parsley version, with no nuts or cheese, “was nothing like the classic pesto Genovese from 1,000 kilometers north.”

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This week on #MilkStreetTV, we travel to Turkey, where we explore bounteous pickle shops, enjoy deeply flavorful home-cooked lentil soup, and eat lots of lahmajoun: flatbreads melded with juicy meat topping. We bring those flavors back to the kitchen and get cooking.

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The pros and cons of hot milk in baking? Our editors take this Milk Street Radio listener question and more off the air.

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Join Scarleth Aguilar of Siete Family Foods for an online class in richly flavorful chicken and mole, in much less time—we’ll even get escabeche and Mexican rice on the side.

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Milk Street Facebook Community member Jessica G. makes the most za'atar, the tangy, savory and herbal Middle Eastern spice blend, in her chicken and vegetable traybake.

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This comforting Roman egg-drop soup is inspired by Roman stracciatella—meaning “little rags,” the shape of egg bits dropped into chicken broth, mingling with pasta and umami-rich Parm.

Fresh-flavored peas and meaty pancetta pair beautifully in our version of pasta con piselli e pomodoro. Pasta, cooked directly in the skillet with other ingredients, absorbs the flavor of pancetta fat and tomato juices, which form the sauce.

This zingy green chickpea curry—inspired by Madhur Jaffrey’s “Vegetarian India”—is warming yet bright with a cilantro-scallion puree and a cut of lime juice.

Steaming bowls of tender chickpeas and potatoes, doused with tangy sauces—the Afghani street food shor nakhod—inspired this freshly flavorful bowl of chickpea and cauliflower.

After tasting this gelato-like emerald pesto in Amalfi, Italy, our editorial director J.M. Hirsch writes that this incredibly herbaceous and rich parsley version, with no nuts or cheese, “was nothing like the classic pesto Genovese from 1,000 kilometers north.”

This week on #MilkStreetTV, we travel to Turkey, where we explore bounteous pickle shops, enjoy deeply flavorful home-cooked lentil soup, and eat lots of lahmajoun: flatbreads melded with juicy meat topping. We bring those flavors back to the kitchen and get cooking.

The pros and cons of hot milk in baking? Our editors take this Milk Street Radio listener question and more off the air.

Join Scarleth Aguilar of Siete Family Foods for an online class in richly flavorful chicken and mole, in much less time—we’ll even get escabeche and Mexican rice on the side.

Milk Street Facebook Community member Jessica G. makes the most za'atar, the tangy, savory and herbal Middle Eastern spice blend, in her chicken and vegetable traybake.

A new compact coffee grinder, knife blocks, serving boards, and more.

Turkish-Inspired Flavor

These mini pizza-like flatbreads, melded with richly-seasoned ground meat, are chef Ana Sortun’s chewier, thicker-crusted lahmajoun.

In our version of nohut piyazi, sun-dried tomatoes, Aleppo pepper, and a medley of herbs and lemon juice bring bright and rich flavor to earthy chickpeas.

This toss-in-the pot lentil soup proves the transformative power of spices, which give hearty lentils potent flavor and heat.

Inspired by the Turkish egg dish menemen, this dip sees big flavor from powerhouse ingredients like green olives, fresh dill, scallions and green chilies.

In this recipe, runny-yolked eggs are nestled in a creamy, garlic-spiked pool of yogurt, then drizzled with spicy-savory infused butter.

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A simple bowl of cold weather comfort, polenta soup, with the classic combination of Parm and kale, makes a perfect template for add-ins.

Turn pizza night on its head with this genius method that sees the “toppings” added first to the pan. Watch on Instagram.

Fresh-flavored peas and meaty pancetta pair beautifully in our version of a Neapolitan classic.

Water, flour, salt: all you need for gnocchi di farina, the no-less pillowy version of its potato-based cousin.

Skillet Breads and Pan Pizzas

Chris Kimball writes that this pizza-making process “breaks all the rules”—yet results in an amazingly crispy deep dish-style bottom with an airy, focaccia-like center.

At once fluffy, crispy, and chewy, this Chinese-style bread—based on a wildly popular recipe from Darda Seafood Restaurant—comes together easily in the skillet.

This quick, supple flatbread from northern Italy gets bubbly and charred from a screaming-hot cast iron skillet.

Fennel, salami, onions—and mozz, of course—meld into this skillet pizza with an almost fried crispiness.

An all-time Milk Street favorite, this pizza comes together with store bought dough, rolled out over the toppings. Flip it over after baking, and get toppings that meld with the crust.

Word on the (Milk) Street

We get inside the mind of Matty Matheson, actor and culinary consultant on the hit TV comedy “The Bear.”

At the nearly 250-year-old Istanbul confectionery Haci Bekir, we tasted a moon cookie with an impossibly thin outer pastry with a moist, cake-like chocolate interior. Read on for the story and the recipe!

Milk Street cooking school instructor teaches us the magic of Somalian soups, topped with hot sauces that dye the soup deep pink and electrify the delicate broth.

“...and bought a $90 spaetzle maker,” a Milk Street insider writes in. What to do with this tool besides make spaetzle?? Never fear; we’ve got some ideas.

Got a cooking question? Email us at questions@milkstreetradio.com to get it answered on-air by co-hosts Chris Kimball and Sara Moulton.

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Crusty bread, sweet caramelized onions and gooey cheese combine with the richness of eggs in this frittata, satisfying for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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In this vegetarian version of the widely popular Japanese fried chicken, a cornstarch slurry makes for an ultra-crispy “cutlet.”

Warm spices, cooling yogurt, and fresh herbs give roasted carrots new dimension.

Corn starch and oven frying mimics crispy-creamy Lebanese fried cauliflower, for the home kitchen.

A rustic casserole with crispy bread, leeks, and kale, baked with bubbly cheese.

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From the Jan-Feb 2023 Issue
Fresh stories and recipes from Italy, Mexico, Turkey and more

“Conventional wisdom holds that Italian wedding soup—or minestra maritata—is named not for when it is served, but rather for its perfect marriage of ingredients,” writes Milk Street editorial director J.M. Hirsch. “But that’s not the whole truth.”

Inspired by the crescent-shaped cookies served in Istanbul, our version of the Turkish crescent cookie has a thin outer pastry with a moist, cake-like interior featuring the intriguing combination of lemon zest, walnuts, raisins and chocolate.

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Nowhere is pizza more revered, more celebrated, more innovated, more consumed than Brazil. “Pizza in São Paulo is almost a religion,” says Juliana Fava from Bráz Pizzaria.

There is the sometimes hidden architecture behind much Indian cooking. Anagha Nawathe from APB Cook Studio shows us how the same ingredient can manifest divergent flavors depending on how—and when—it is cooked.

In Lisbon, we discover a rare example of a touristy place doing food right with the traditional dish pica pau. Our version balances wine-simmered beef, briny pickles and a jolt of piri piri oil to create a savory, spicy dish.

“Every place has their own flavor starter recipe, they just call it another thing,” says chef Jose Santaella, author of “Cocina Tropical.”