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!
There is a mysterious black ingredient, touted to cure “everything but death” in the Arab and Islamic world. This ingredient, called qizha in Arabic, or nigella seed paste, looks like black tar toothpaste or engine oil, and tastes a little like tahini, with undertones of mint and oregano. This ingredient is found Turkey, Syria and…… Continue reading The Black Ingredient that Cures “Everything But Death” in a Cake!
As Valentine’s Day is upon us, I thought I would share two fun discoveries with you! As the price of chocolate has skyrocketed, making homemade gifts is a great alternative to store bought chocolates. Lindsay from Food La La shared this lovely recipe for Sweetheart Toffee on the set of California Live for NBC. If…… Continue reading A Double Feature of Treats for Valentine’s Day!
I used to love grocery shopping, but now I approach buying food with serious trepidation. Relentlessly climbing supermarket prices cause a mix of anger and anxiety within me, as I have never experienced such severe inflation in my lifetime. What we are experiencing in the United States is not new in other countries embroiled in…… Continue reading Egg Shortage? Substitute With This Wallet Friendly Recipe!