Sesame Crusted Halloumi Cheese-Take Your Cheeseboard to the Next Level!

My sister (the one that NEVER likes to be photographed let alone videotaped) LOVES cheese boards. She will spend hours planning and organizing the perfect charcuterie, blend of cheeses, dried and fresh fruits, roasted nuts, with some chocolates wedged in between for good measure.  But for many, the cheese is the real star while all…… Continue reading Sesame Crusted Halloumi Cheese-Take Your Cheeseboard to the Next Level!

SQUASHAMANIA- And Another Appearance on NBC!

This time of year can be kind of a let down with fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchinis, snap peas, berries, grapes, figs, etc all out of season. And if they are in the market, they are at twice the price and half the flavor. However there is one category of winter vegetables…… Continue reading SQUASHAMANIA- And Another Appearance on NBC!

My Appearance on NBC Sharing Muhammara Dip!

A dip can make or break a party don’t you think? If you have an inventive and super delicious dip, it turns into a conversation starter, and a magnet of togetherness, bringing people to a table like bees to honey. If you serve a bad dip it can be a total let down, with disappointing…… Continue reading My Appearance on NBC Sharing Muhammara Dip!

POST THANKSGIVING TURKEY CHILE!

Happy Thanksgiving Friends! As a thank you for your continued support, I am offering a Black Friday sale on my cookbook! Use promo code: BLACKFRIDAY15 and get 15% off my cookbook here: https://secure.mybookorders.com/mbo_index.php?isbn=9781545675113 This over 200 page glossy book is full of family stories, historical backgrounds of the dishes, full color photos, and of course…… Continue reading POST THANKSGIVING TURKEY CHILE!

The ULTIMATE Thanksgiving Turkey–and Our Arab American Traditions…

As a first generation Arab American, Thanksgiving has always been a celebratory mishmash of cultures in my family. For appetizers, plates of hummus and baba ghanoush shared the table with a westernized cheese board. Cornbread stuffing  would compete with “hashweh,” or a Palestinian/Lebanese diced lamb and rice dish seasoned with allspice and cumin. My mother…… Continue reading The ULTIMATE Thanksgiving Turkey–and Our Arab American Traditions…

MY FAVORITE DESSERT of ALL TIME- KNAFEH!

Ask anyone from Arab countries what their favorite dessert is, and without hesitation they will most likely respond: Kanafeh. This iconic dessert, spelled a myriad of ways, from kanafeh to knafe to kanafeh, is undoubtedly the most popular dessert among Arabs the world over. This layered confection consists of shredded phyllo dough called “kataife” doused…… Continue reading MY FAVORITE DESSERT of ALL TIME- KNAFEH!

FIG JAM WITH FALL SPICES…

I don’t know why, but many people are intimidated by making jam. However,  beyond washing and cutting up the fruit, jam is literally the easiest condiment to make, and is a great way to preserve leftover fruit instead of throwing it away.  As you may have read from my previous blog, my parents gifted me…… Continue reading FIG JAM WITH FALL SPICES…

Sfeeha: Arabic Meat Pies of My Childhood

Nothing made me happier as a child than to see a couple of sfeehas in my lunchbox. For Arabs, sfeehas reign supreme over traditional cheese pizza. Sfeeha, or Sfiha, is  a round miniature meat pie, made in a myriad of ways depending on the region. In the Bethlehem region of Palestine, where my mother grew…… Continue reading Sfeeha: Arabic Meat Pies of My Childhood

Fattet Hummus: The 5 Layer Casserole of the Arab World

If there are a people that can turn day-old bread into a sumptuous feast, it would be the people of the Middle East. Resourcefulness is practically in their genes, as they turn lowly lentils into regal Mujaddarah, chickpeas into silky hummus, or stale bread into Fatteh. The word Fatteh in Arabic means “crushed” or “crumbs”,…… Continue reading Fattet Hummus: The 5 Layer Casserole of the Arab World

Baba’s Mediterranean Tuna Salad

When times get crazy, sad or even terrifying, I find myself reminiscing about my childhood more often. I play old songs in my car, look at family photos, or  bring back the foods that I cherished when I was a child. This is how I center myself during  trying times. Today I thought I would…… Continue reading Baba’s Mediterranean Tuna Salad