From Egypt to Lebanon, to Italy and France, this mother daughter duo can’t imagine eating anything less than a mosaic of ingredients from their world travels and multicultural heritage. Gretchen Clardy and her mother Paola Durant chat with me over their treasured stash Milano cookies, Belgian chocolates and Italian espresso - the trifecta of happiness. Do you ever meet someone who lives not only in your community but also in your orbit? The first time Gretchen introduced me to her mom was on a requested tour of the top 3 international markets in Charlotte, North Carolina. I can’t get enough of our international markets, so I happily obliged guiding their family on my own “tour des supermarchés” one summer. Paola and Gretchen filled their carts in each market while our kids bopped around familiar goods with unfamiliar names. It was a lovely day.
Paola’s pantry must-have: Bulgur Wheat
Gretchen’s pantry must-have: Za’atar and Sumac (seasonings)
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Paola’s Tabbouleh Recipe