Just wanted to give you all subscribers to my blog the inside scoop! My cookbook is well underway, with the target of completion in late spring. This book has been 10 years in the making. Even though I have been one of the first in the space of online Middle Eastern cooking shows, I did…… Continue reading Weeknight Low Carb Gnocchi for One
Remember Blanche, a spoon of Za’atar a day will keep the doctor away!” said my late Aunt Bahieh, who lived to be 95 years old. My 96 year old grandmother also eats za’atar every morning and she is still going strong. As a child my mother was told to eat za’atar for breakfast for mental…… Continue reading Za’atar-the Super Spice!
Before I get to the recipe of the day, I just wanted to let you know I have only 2 spots left in my Draeger’s cooking class coming up March 22nd! The class includes a demonstration, wine and light appetizers, and of course a tasting of this special menu I created just for my live…… Continue reading Homemade Vegan Nutella Recipe!
Hummus gets so much attention and glory. Restaurants feature hummus mixed with every vegetable under the sun, ranging from sun dried tomatoes to red peppers. School children now eat this dip with pitas as a lunch addition without a thought. Nutritionists recommend hummus as a healthy snack. But there is one cousin to hummus that…… Continue reading Baba Ghanoush- A Story of Love
In PART I of my pomegranate molasses series, I shared with you my recipe for a quick and easy vegan bulgur pilaf with pomegranate molasses dressing. While that can be a main dish for most vegans, I know the carnivores be asking me: “Where the protein at?” Thankfully the protein is just as quick and…… Continue reading Pomegranate Series Part II: Molasses Glazed Chicken
Sometimes, the time spent cooking with loved ones is just as gratifying as eating the final dish. I don’t think there has ever been a time when my “baby” brother hasn’t made me bust a gut laughing so hard, so it’s no wonder this artichoke video turned out to be a bit um….unconventional for a…… Continue reading Garlicky Herb Roasted Artichokes
Did you know that the Greek word Moussaka comes from the Arabic word “musaqqa‘ah” which means chilled? The reason this dish is called “chilled” is because you can eat it cold and it tastes just as delicious. Greek Mousakka is what I call indulgence food, rich meat and eggplant tucked under a bed of creamy, buttery,…… Continue reading M’Nazaleh, A Rich Tasting Yet Healthy Eggplant Casserole
My most epic sandwich moment happened near Petra in Jordan, years ago. I was determined to hike around this ancient city with my tour group in 100 degree heat. One of my friends on this trip, John, was perpetually hungry, regardless of the blistering hot weather. He saw a lonely shawarma stand off the side…… Continue reading SHAWARMA!
I love the juxtaposition of sweet and salty, chewy and crunchy, and Couscous with Figs and Feta is just that and a lot more. Although this dish is vegetarian, there is no sacrifice of a rich meaty flavor coming from the plumped up figs. I also use whole wheat couscous, but If you are really…… Continue reading Thanksgiving idea: Couscous with Glazed Figs, Almonds, and Feta
What salad is as good for your breath as it is for your waistline? Tabbouleh! Tabbouleh (also known as tabbouli) is a Middle Eastern staple, and one of the most popular and recognizable salads in the U.S. now as well. In most upscale supermarkets tabbouleh can cost up to 8 bucks a pound, but you…… Continue reading Taboulicious!