After 10 years of working on this labor of love, my cookbook is finally ready and I am now taking orders! You get to see the cover here first: This hardback book is full of colorful illustrations, meticulous directions, family anecdotes, and historical information about the recipes.  The recipes in this book are a great…… Continue reading MY COOKBOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Travel to Morocco-Through Tagine…

As the months drag on and I get increasingly impatient with the redundancy of lockdown life, I find myself creating kitchen “staycations” through exciting new meals inspired by countries abroad. I have always fantasized about visiting Morocco in particular, and I felt it was time to bring Morocco to my kitchen, through a traditional tagine…… Continue reading Travel to Morocco-Through Tagine…

50k Celebration with Two Live feeds!

Hello Dear FITME Community, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for subscribing to my YouTube channel as well as here to my blog! Now our community has surpassed 50,000 subscribers, and I don’t take a single one of you for granted. What started as a simple PDF documenting the…… Continue reading 50k Celebration with Two Live feeds!


In California, the temperature yesterday was 108, (42C) and today it was 100 (37)! A lot of the horrible fires have subsided, but the air is still smoky. At the peak of fires, I felt like I was living on Mars, with tons of soot flying through the air, the skies covered in a brown…… Continue reading CURE SUMMERTIME SADNESS WITH PERSIAN ICE CREAM

Mind Blowing Middle Eastern Food!

Are you all going as crazy as I am? Now with kids in school, I am having to add hourly short order cook to the list of other daily demands. Not to mention making sure to attend all of the virtual school meetings and check in to see the kids are turning in all of…… Continue reading Mind Blowing Middle Eastern Food!

Our Family Favorite Recipe- Stuffed Artichokes!

Once upon a time, people of the far east declared the artichoke a forbidden vegetable, thought to contain aphrodisiac powers. Greek mythology stated that Zeus, the viril and strong chief of all gods, was responsible for the creation of the artichoke. After Zeus was rejected by a beautiful young woman (can you imagine who was…… Continue reading Our Family Favorite Recipe- Stuffed Artichokes!

What I Eat In a Day on the Mediterranean Diet

It seems like every day there is a new horrifying catastrophe, so before I begin this blog, I want to reach out to my Lebanese brothers and sisters to say I feel your pain so acutely and hope your loved ones are safe. So far 300,000 people in Beirut have been displaced from their homes…… Continue reading What I Eat In a Day on the Mediterranean Diet

Staying Strong in Quarantine

Hello Friends! As each day passes and the status quo remains the same, I find it is easy to get disheartened. But two phrases continuously resonate with me: 1) Let food be thy medicine and 2) A strong body leads to a strong mind. Both of these mantras inspired me in this recent interview with…… Continue reading Staying Strong in Quarantine

Easy Summer Cooking: Oven Baked Chicken Wings with a Middle Eastern Inspired Glaze…

Even though I run a food blog and cooking show, there are times when I am not as motivated to spend long hours in the kitchen, especially during the summer. During sweltering hot weather I would rather just eat a dinner of what Arabs called “nawashif” or a collection of finger foods that don’t require…… Continue reading Easy Summer Cooking: Oven Baked Chicken Wings with a Middle Eastern Inspired Glaze…

Homemade Pita Bread (Khobiz Arabe)

If there is one consistent item missing from supermarket shelves during this quarantine, it’s yeast. People are buying up yeast like never before, and social media has been saturated with home cooks posting warm and fuzzy photos of baguettes, pizzas and banana bread baked from scratch. These longer baking projects have the extra bonus of…… Continue reading Homemade Pita Bread (Khobiz Arabe)

Unboxing Exciting Treats from the Middle East!

Hello FITME Family, I hope you are all safe, healthy, and getting more freedom as businesses have slowly started to reopen around the globe. As people’s attention has shifted to human rights, many don’t realize that even our purchasing power can help disenfranchised communities as well. I don’t do unboxing or product hauls on my…… Continue reading Unboxing Exciting Treats from the Middle East!