Inspired by culinary customs from the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Middle East, the casual family supper suits today's global tastes. (Serves 8)
Roasted Garlic and Potato Spread
Leek and Potato Fritters with Lemon-Cumin Yogurt
Braised Lamb with Butternut Squash and Dried Fruit

White Bean and Beef Soup with Tomatoes and Onions
Basmati Pilaf with Vermicelli and Onions
Pear-Walnut Cake with Honey-Orange Syrup

December 11, 2008
Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner