To make a short story long:
One of the best things I've ever put into my mouth was the "caviar d'aubergine" I took out from Finkelstajn's deli in Paris (corner, rue des rosiers and rue des ecouffes, in the Marais) Yes, that's what they call Baba Ganoush.
About two years ago, I attended a Bar Mitzvah and the kosher caterer from Baltimore served a Baba Ganoush which pretty much replicated the one I had in Paris. I am positive, though, that they did not make it themselves and that it was produced commercially in Baltimore.
This got me to thinking.... is there such a thing as kosher ...or yiddish ...or Jewish Baba Ganoush? The two versions I had definitely were easy on the tahini, or had none at all. Yet every recipe I have looked up is heavy on the tahini. The Russian store in Mclean makes a mushroom appetizer that also comes close to this. It is delicious. I imagine this commercially produced Baba Ganoush is available in some food stores in Silver Spring or Rockville, but I'm not sure where to start. Does anyone have an idea?
P.S. I enjoy the versions in many Middle Eastern restaurants, (I especially like the touch of sprinkling pomegranate seeds at Lebanese Taverna) but that's not the kind I'm looking for!