If you come from an Arab family in the Levant, whether Palestinian, Lebanese, Syrian, or Jordanian, you know the smell of Kousa Mahshi when it envelops the kitchen. That unmistakable smell of fresh summer squash stuffed with seasoned rice and lamb and boiled in an aromatic broth even permeates the front door. The scent invites…… Continue reading My Family Favorite: Kousa Mahshi- Stuffed Squash
Hello Friends! The most rewarding part of my job at NBC is meeting new people following their passion and doing amazing things in local communities! This week was no exception when I visited the seafood restaurant called Catch in Carmel by the Sea, in preparation for Carmel’s Culinary Week: https://www.catchcarmel.com/ Before I talk about Catch,…… Continue reading The Best Cioppino I have EVER Had-from Carmel
Hello Friends! Hope you are enjoying the signs of spring! For me the clear sign of spring is I literally have cute bunny rabbits hopping around my neighborhood, their cute fluffy white tails disappearing in the bushes every time I come near them on my random walks. These walks are my only downtime these days,…… Continue reading Sunday Meal Prep with Me, Plus I Danced with the Stars!
Some of you might remember Chef Samir when I had him on my channel 2 years ago, visiting his restaurant called Beit Rima and sampling his modern yet homey take on Arab dishes. Many of you asked that we collaborate once more, and I found a perfect excuse to invite him back for National Arab…… Continue reading Chef Samir is Back: Palestinian Musakhan Chicken
Never underestimate the value of good broth or stock when cooking. Both broth or stock can add flavor to vegetables cooked in a skillet without the need for butter or oil, or add depth to grains from quinoa and rice, to couscous and bulgur wheat. Broth or stock can also be a foundation for a…… Continue reading Chicken Broth Vs Chicken Stock-What’s the Difference?
Why are these dreamy, pillowy morsels of cooked egg whites filled with a luscious and creamy filling called “deviled eggs?” The colors are springy and angelic, so the evil culprit must be the mayo. At 100 calories of saturated fat per tablespoon, my guess is the mayo makes these eggs devilish! Today’s recipe was inspired…… Continue reading Middle Eastern Style “Angel” Eggs
Hello Friends! Easter preparations are well underway in our family, and if you have been following my blog for a while, you know this is Mamoul time! These semolina date ring cookies usher in the beginning of spring, Jesus’s resurrection, and in the Muslim world, Ramadan, which is happening right now as well. If you…… Continue reading MARBLED Easter Cookies in Minutes!
As a food blogger, even I can get too comfortable making the same dishes on rotation. Part of it is expediency–I know the exact ingredients, and the length of time it will take to make my family’s favorite dishes. However, with every new recipe risk, there is potential for great rewards, and the rewards are…… Continue reading This Skillet Chicken Will MorROCCan Your World!
Growing up eating a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean diet, the primary dessert in my family was fruit, perhaps with a side of cheese. During hot summer days my mother took breaks from cooking to give us a dinner of fruit, cheese, and bread–usually grapes or watermelon with farmer’s cheese. She would apologize that the house was too…… Continue reading Dramatic Dessert: Wine Poached Pears!
As if it wasn’t enough that my local stores are enforcing a one carton of eggs limit per purchase, now the dairy products are climbing in prices at an astronomic pace! My eyes bulged out the other day when I saw cream cheese for $7.99! Not that I am gorging on cream cheese every day,…… Continue reading 3 INGREDIENT HOMEMADE CREAM CHEESE!