Chickpea Burgers and Virtual Bday Party this Friday!

  Hello Dear FITME Family! Are all of you okay? Hoping that you are well stocked with necessities and that you are healthy? Thinking about you all during this surreal time and can’t wait for this to be over.  This whole thing has taught me to appreciate valuable time with my family even more–even if…… Continue reading Chickpea Burgers and Virtual Bday Party this Friday!

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 for the Fox News Crew on Mornings on 2!

What a pleasure it was to cook up a middle eastern breakfast for the Mornings on 2 crew on KTVU Fox news of San Francisco! I have to say the people at this station, both on camera and behind the scenes were the most gracious and down to earth people. It was tough picking exactly…… Continue reading Cooking for the Fox News Crew on Mornings on 2!

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

Burburrah, The 2000 Year Old Pre-Christmas Recipe!

Every December 4th, for the past 2000 years, Arab and Orthodox Christians celebrate the Feast of Santa Barbara with this very special porridge, called Burbarrah, the Arabic name for Barbara. Greek orthodox Christians celebrate this day on December 16th.  What was so special about Saint Barbara? Barbara’s story, originating in Baalbek Lebanon, was that she…… Continue reading Burburrah, The 2000 Year Old Pre-Christmas Recipe!

Madgooga (Madkooka) The ancient energy bar of Iraq (vegan, dairy, and gluten free!)

Middle eastern desserts from centuries ago did not require many ingredients to create a rich yet healthful treat. Some desserts did not even require an oven, like the sweet Iraqi snack called “Madgooga”, also known as “Madkooka”. Madgooga is basically an Arab style energy bar, comprised of natural yet decadent tasting  ingredients like mejdool dates…… Continue reading Madgooga (Madkooka) The ancient energy bar of Iraq (vegan, dairy, and gluten free!)

The Ancient Arab Grain: Freekeh!

While I don’t subscribe to any rigid dietary protocol, I do follow the mantra of “eat what your grandparents ate” for optimum health. Not only did my grandparents eat the ancient grain called freekeh, but their ancestors ate this grain for hundreds of years.  Freekeh is wheat that is harvested when it’s young, so the…… Continue reading The Ancient Arab Grain: Freekeh!