Pantry Saviors and Appearance on NBC…

Hello Dear FITME Family, First of all I hope you are all safe and healthy wherever you are. These are unprecedented and frightening times, many times I feel like we are living in a dystopian horror film brought to life. However, as each day progresses I do see silver linings. I see… Families bonding with…… Continue reading Pantry Saviors and Appearance on NBC…

Cooking Class Updates- new dates for 2020!

First I want to thank all of you that showed up to my cooking class last night, I truly enjoyed watching you make delectable shawarma wraps, mouthwatering salads, hummus with mushrooms, and my favorite dessert of all time, Kunafa!  I have added two more classes this summer if you want to join the fun, both…… Continue reading Cooking Class Updates- new dates for 2020!

Oum Ali- The Luxurious Bread Pudding of Egypt

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. So when there was leftover stale bread throughout the ages, people loathed throwing out these scraps, especially since food was scarce. In the Arab world, they reinvented bread into other more enticing dishes like fattoush, where the leftover bread was transformed into croutons,  adding crunch and…… Continue reading Oum Ali- The Luxurious Bread Pudding of Egypt

My Recent Media Appearance, and Why Amazon is Horrible to Book Authors

Hello Virtual Cooking Family, Hope all is great in your world! As I write I am battling a nasty cold, wrapped in a flannel blanket and appreciating the newly blooming cherry blossoms outside my window, giving me a teaser of spring to come.  I’m taking sips of my black tea fragrant with dried sage and…… Continue reading My Recent Media Appearance, and Why Amazon is Horrible to Book Authors

The cookie that soothes your tummy: Middle Eastern Sesame Anise Cookies!

Hello Friends, Hope you are doing well! I just wanted to start with an announcement of a fun new cooking class Wednesday, March 4th  at Draeger’s Market in Menlo Park! The menu will feature these goodies: Arugula Salad with Roasted Carrots, Chickpeas, Feta and Tahini with Mint and Honey Dressing Creamy Hummus with Garlicky Mushrooms…… Continue reading The cookie that soothes your tummy: Middle Eastern Sesame Anise Cookies!

MY FIRST BOOK SIGNING!

A huge thank you to all of you that turned up for my very first cookbook signing! It absolutely melted my heart to meet so many of you in person, and I was so touched by those of you out of state that sent your family members in California to come get a signed copy!…… Continue reading MY FIRST BOOK SIGNING!

MY COOKBOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE!

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!