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…

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…

New Breakfast Club Series! Moroccan Pancakes

As the air gets a little cooler by the day, I get the breakfast-club-in-my-bathrobe vibes, do you know what I mean? The warmth of the kitchen with the scent of spices like cinnamon or cardamom welcomes my kids in the morning after a long week of quizzes, projects, and book reports. Making breakfast is therapeutic…… Continue reading New Breakfast Club Series! Moroccan Pancakes

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

No Bake Date and Nut Rolls – Khajur Burfi

Excited because today I am featuring my first Indian recipe on my blog, for a delicacy called Khajur Burfi! Kaju literally means cashew (see they sound similar!)  and barfi is a type of Indian sweet made with dates, nuts, and warming spices, usually in a cylinder shape. This treat is relished and gifted extensively during…… Continue reading No Bake Date and Nut Rolls – Khajur Burfi

Stop Buying Fake Olive Oil–How to Find the Real Thing!

Did you know that most of the olive oil in supermarkets is fake or counterfeit? Many so-called olive oils are a mix of cheap oils mixed with chemicals to cover up their smells and rancidity. Looking at weekly supermarket ads, you might find some enticing deals on so called extra virgin olive oil. Some places…… Continue reading Stop Buying Fake Olive Oil–How to Find the Real Thing!

High Protein, Low Carb Strawberry Shortcake!

Hello Friends! Before I talk about today’s recipe, I have to share with you that it has been a rough ride for me on Youtube. Youtube has been severely suppressing my videos, and it has been frustrating and disheartening. I have a few theories on why, and they involve racism towards me, but I don’t…… Continue reading High Protein, Low Carb Strawberry Shortcake!

NO BAKE Lemon Blueberry Biscuit Cake (4 ingredients!)

Did any of you grow up eating Marie biscuits or a variation of them? While these biscuits are seemingly plain, they come to life when dipped in either tea, coffee, or milk. And there is so much untapped potential in these biscuits, which is the subject of today’s blog. Below is an example of how…… Continue reading NO BAKE Lemon Blueberry Biscuit Cake (4 ingredients!)

Cooking Up One of Emirate’s Airlines Most Popular Dishes: Machboos! (Kabsa)

If you ask anyone in any Arab household how they would define comfort food, many would name some combination of meat, rice, onions and spices, garnished with toasted nuts like almonds and pine nuts. These foundational ingredients morph into different dishes depending on the region, from Maqlouba in Palestine, Sayadiyeh in Lebanon, to Mansaf in…… Continue reading Cooking Up One of Emirate’s Airlines Most Popular Dishes: Machboos! (Kabsa)