A Review: Of Trader Joe’s Kunefe

Ask any Palestinian, Lebanese, Jordanian or any Arab for that matter what their favorite dessert is, and they will most likely say without hesitation “Kanafeh!” Most people in the western world might scratch their heads and say..”huh, what in the heck is kanafeh?” Kanafeh is a legendary dessert with a cult like following–any middle eastern…… Continue reading A Review: Of Trader Joe’s Kunefe

Fattet Batinjan-Arabic Style 5 Layer Dip with Lamb and Eggplant!

Hello Friends! Here is a fun recipe for your Memorial Day weekend! In the Arab world we waste nothing, and I can tell you we have devised a ton of recipes that do miraculous things with stale bread. Fattet Batinjan is one of those dishes. Crispy pita chips add a bold and crunchy texture to…… Continue reading Fattet Batinjan-Arabic Style 5 Layer Dip with Lamb and Eggplant!

Our Premiere on NBC and Part 4 of the Food and Wine of Spain!

Hello Dear Friends.. Hope you are enjoying the sights and sounds of spring, I am loving the reemergence of hummingbirds, and even rabbits that are crossing my path as I go for my morning runs! Just wanted to update you on some exciting news about our recent appearance on a brand new show on NBC…… Continue reading Our Premiere on NBC and Part 4 of the Food and Wine of Spain!

How to make your own Labneh! (Yogurt Cheese)

Hello Friends! First of all an announcement! My mother and I will be on a new show on NBC called California Live! It is a mother’s day special, where they followed us around, watched us cook, and interviewed us about our family and food philosophy! This will air on all NBC stations throughout California on…… Continue reading How to make your own Labneh! (Yogurt Cheese)

Vermicelli Rice: The rice that Goes with EVERYTHING!

Hello FITME family, I just finished the last revision of my cookbook hoo wee! As I get ready for the printing phase, I thought I would share with you a little recipe in the meantime that is foundational to Middle Eastern cuisine. Sometimes you just want a rice that goes with everything, and vermicelli rice…… Continue reading Vermicelli Rice: The rice that Goes with EVERYTHING!

Top 5 Middle Eastern Blog Award–and Spanish Travel Series Part 3

Hello Friends–hope you are enjoying the signs of springtime! I am excited to announce that this blog was voted as the 4th most popular Middle Eastern food blog in the world! As you can imagine I was ecstatic to hear this news, having been at this for almost a decade now. Thank you so much…… Continue reading Top 5 Middle Eastern Blog Award–and Spanish Travel Series Part 3

Spanish Travel Series Part 2 -Zarautz!

Hello Friends! There are going to be a lot of exciting things happening this year, and I can’t wait to share them with you as soon as I get the green light! But for now, I will share with you Part 2 from my adventures in Spain. While you will see a ton of literature…… Continue reading Spanish Travel Series Part 2 -Zarautz!