How I love To Eat Turkey Leftovers: Turkey Chile!

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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…

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

“Molokhia” The Super Food of Ancient Egyptian Kings

There my parents were, rushing out the door at 6:00 am headed to the farmer’s market, with large fabric bags, their laser sharp radar focused on one particular kind of leafy produce. If they left just 15 minutes later, this prized bundle of unique greens would be completely sold out. Once at the market, they…… Continue reading “Molokhia” The Super Food of Ancient Egyptian Kings

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)

Hummus Pizza for Your Summer-My TV Appearance on KTVU!

The time has arrived, when the last thing I want to do is turn the stove on in my kitchen–yes this happens to us food bloggers as well! Do any of you experience this? When I was a kid, I relished the handful of hot days in foggy and soggy San Francisco, when my mom…… Continue reading Hummus Pizza for Your Summer-My TV Appearance on KTVU!

6 Secrets to Perfect Mediterranean Chicken and Pyramid Chicken Recipe

Hello Dear Friends, Before I get into today’s recipe, it is with a heavy heart that I write this blog as Palestine is embroiled in a human rights catastrophe. The killing of children is never justified under any circumstances, and the videos of the daily carnage are wrecking my soul. I recommend to anyone that…… Continue reading 6 Secrets to Perfect Mediterranean Chicken and Pyramid Chicken Recipe

How Shakira Eats and Trains in a Day-New Latin Inspired Recipes!

Let’s face it, for many people it’s hard to get motivated in January. Most people would rather stay cozy in their homes, wrapped up in blankets and sipping on hot chocolate than sprinting in the rain or doing planks in the snow. Not to mention the closing of gyms nationwide gives people yet another excuse…… Continue reading How Shakira Eats and Trains in a Day-New Latin Inspired Recipes!