Lavender and Orange Blossom Cookies - These buttery, shortbread-like cookies, called graybeh, have a particularly crunchy texture that comes from clarified butter. If you’ve never clarified butter, this recipe is a good place to start, and the process is extremely simple.....
A bundt cake, which is really just like an oversize muffin baked in a fancy pan, is easy to whip up. The booze bath helps keep it fresh, meaning you can bake it ahead and eat the leftovers for days. (Photo: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times)
Fragrant Chicken Soup with Chickpeas and Vegetables
This substantial soup is zippier than the usual matzo-ball-type golden chicken soup. It has a rich tomato base that is laced with fragrant spices – turmeric, cinnamon, paprika, ginger, nutmeg and cayenne – and it's loaded with hearty vegetables. (Andrew Scrivani for NYT)
This Turkish-style baklava tastes deeply and richly of pistachio nuts and butter, without the spices, honey or aromatics found in other versions. It has a purity of flavor that, while still quite sweet, is never cloying. (Photo: Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times)