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Rachael Ray Middle Eastern?

September 30, 2007

From p. 65 of Cooking Rocks! Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals For Kids:

My sister Maria makes this dish in memory of our Grandma Betar’s cooking. As children, we loved Grandma Betar and her wonderful Middle Eastern cooking. Now that we are grown, my sister is really good at keeping Grandma Betar with us all through the preparation of such recipes. Today, Maria’s own kids, Nick and Jess, love Middle Eastern dishes like this one.

I’m guessing the Middle Eastern grandmother is on Ray’s mother’s side since she talks a lot about her maternal grandfather and never of her maternal grandmother. I wonder why she hasn’t talked about her Middle Eastern ancestry like she has with her grandfather’s Sicilian heritage and to a small extent, her father’s Cajun side. Think of it: most Middle Eastern appetizers are very quick to prepare, i.e. hummus, fattoush, spaghetti with yogurt and pine nuts, tabbouleh, green beans with olive oil and tomatoes, rocket salad with pomegranate seeds, etc.

So why isn’t she cashing in on her Middle Eastern side?