Hello Friends! Well here we are. It felt like yesterday was Halloween, and literally next week is Thanksgiving! Why does the holiday season swoop in so quickly like this every year? Whether Thanksgiving is at your house, or you are bringing a dish to a potluck, or even thinking about how to use those turkey…… Continue reading Thanksgiving Recipes to the Rescue!
Hello Friends, Just an update that you can catch me this week on “California Live” on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15 and 16 between 11:30-12:00 pm on all NBC California stations! I will be sharing some special Thanksgiving stories and recipes to inspire you this holiday season. Speaking of Thanksgiving, today I am have posted…… Continue reading My Favorite Mediterranean Salad-Perfect for Winter!
Hello Friends! I thought I would mix things up a bit to do a reaction video to a popular YouTuber named Beatrice Caruso, a lovely young woman who has documented her weight loss journey from week to week on video. I never heard of her before, until she decided to test out the Mediterranean diet…… Continue reading My First Reaction Video-On the Mediterranean Diet
Did you ever make brownies according to the package, then get dissappointed that an itty bitty 1 inch piece is 150 calories? Who could honestly eat that little and be satisfied, especially when that piece is loaded with sugar and no protein? I have been making these 40 calorie brownies for years now, and I…… Continue reading Ever Wanted to Eat A Whole Pan of Brownies?
While many people enjoy middle eastern food, many find cooking this cuisine at home daunting or intimidating. Even today’s young Arab generation they cannot fathom that they can cook as well as their parents and grandparents, preferring takeout instead. Some think the meals are far too complicated or time consuming, with barely any time to shop,…… Continue reading Shortcut Palestinian Musakhan Rolls- On the Go!
I learned the art of repurposing food at a very young age. As a 10 year old, I watched with wonder how the chefs on America’s Test Kitchen turned black bananas into a beautiful and moist banana bread. Growing up with immigrant parents, banana bread was just not a thing, so I made my first…… Continue reading The Recourceful Zucchini Mediterranean Tart
It all began in the 1870s with a sweets vendor in Hama Syria. The patriarch of the Salloura family figured out a way to make sweet cheese pancakes rolled around sweet cream, called Halawet El Jibn, which in Arabic means “sweetness of the cheese.” The cheese rolls were scented with rose or orange blossom, then doused…… Continue reading Halawet El Jibn: An Iconic Syrian Dessert for My Baba’s Bday!
Hello Friends! With restaurant prices rising to insane levels in my neighborhood, I have resorted to making more fancy restaurant favorites at home. My favorite Japanese nabeyaki udon (soup with noodles, veg, and protien) at a nearby restaurant used to cost me $17 last year–this year the cost climbed to a whopping $27! For a…… Continue reading Bringing My French Cooking Class to YOU!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you would know that I love food stories, because I find that the most iconic dishes tend to have an interesting legend or history behind them. Today’s intriguing recipe is no exception. In looking for Easter dessert ideas, I stumbled upon the Simnel Cake, and my…… Continue reading The Mysterious Simnel Cake…
The special recipe I am going to share with you today is a big reason why I started this blog in the first place–to share and preserve ancient Arab traditions before they become a lost art. When Palestinians, Lebanese, Jordanians, and Syrians celebrate Easter, no bunnies or chocolate creme eggs enter into the equation. Instead,…… Continue reading Ka’ak Asfar: The Original Easter Bread of the Holy Land