Middle eastern people love stuffing vegetables with a tantalizing combination of rice and meat with herbs like parsley and mint. They stuff everything from zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes and even carrots. However one vegetable “vessel” underutilized in the Arab world is the butternut squash, because it is not indigenous to the Middle East. Rather this…… Continue reading Middle Eastern Style Stuffed Butternut Squash…And FITME in the News!
The Fancy Food show is like the food sampling Olympics, and with almost 2000 booths to choose from–how does one stand out from the pack? Well in a sea of prepackaged mostly processed carbs and snacks, freshly prepared and baked food is always going to win (not to mention my loud voice over the mic…… Continue reading Recipe Ideas From the Fancy Food Show!
Hope everyone is enjoying the New Year so far. I started it out with a bang at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco! The Fancy Food Show is a multi-block convention center filled to the brim with every food trend you ever thought imaginable. This year the predominant food trends seemed to be primal protein…… Continue reading Fancy Food Show Highlights and New Nutrition Series!
Hope you are all enjoying a fresh start this new year! I always love the idea of starting fresh, of burying any insecurities, negativity or setbacks and starting something new, exciting, and even a little scary. Because overcoming the fear of something new is how you grow. There have been lots of scary decisions I…… Continue reading Happy New Year! New announcements and for 2019
New event announcement! If you are on the hunt for a special Christmas gift, how about a cooking class with yours truly? Registration has just opened for my cooking class in the spring at Draeger’s Market in Menlo Park. Here is the special menu: Sesame-Crusted Melted Halloumi Cheese Drizzled with Honey Tabbouleh Salad of Parsley,…… Continue reading NEW COOKING CLASS FOR SPRING!
Hello My Feasting Friends! Ask people from any Middle Eastern country where Baklava originated, and they will all claim to have invented this popular dessert. It is widely believed however, that the Assyrians at around 8th century B.C. were the first people who put together the concept of chopped nuts between layers of thin bread…… Continue reading 30 Minute Baklava Recipe!
While I know this blog features Middle Eastern recipes, I certainly do like to cook all kinds and types of cuisine, from Asian and Italian to Vegan and Paleo. I know this might sound schizophrenic to some, but this has actually come out of necessity. When it comes to entertaining, it’s getting harder and harder…… Continue reading MUSHROOM CHESTNUT WELLINGTON – VEGAN RECIPE!