Mini Middle Eastern Pockets With Savory Filling (Sambousek)

With the arrival of all of the big sporting events and awards shows, I thought I would share a fancy appetizer recipe that would add some flair to your snacking tray. Sambousek is basically the Middle Eastern version of ┬áLatin American empanadas, tiny turnovers of buttery flaky dough enveloping a flavor burst of savory filling…… Continue reading Mini Middle Eastern Pockets With Savory Filling (Sambousek)

Red Snapper stuffed with Mediterranean Goodies

Hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year so far! I know that the month of January is the healthiest time of year for many people, vowing to start fresh and detox from continuous holiday indulgences. Out with the stuffing, in with quinoa. Out with the pumpkin pies, and in with the protein shakes.But that…… Continue reading Red Snapper stuffed with Mediterranean Goodies

My latest video: a Cheesecake in time for Christmas and New Years!

During this festive time of year it’s always fun to surprise friends and family with something new. Don’t believe Christmas is festive? Mariah Carey would have to disagree: I love adding a new twist on an old favorite, like cheescake! Back in April I first posted my recipe for Lemon Labnah Cheesecake with Ginger Almond…… Continue reading My latest video: a Cheesecake in time for Christmas and New Years!

Get your freekeh on–the new supergrain from the Middle East in a post Thanksgiving soup!

There is nothing freaky about freekeh. Freekeh is an ancient grain mentioned in Middle eastern cookbooks as far back as the 13th century. Popular with Lebanese, Egyptians, Iraqis, and Palestinians, Freekeh is actually wheat that has been harvested while still young and green, then sun dried and rubbed together to ensure uniform flavor, texture, and…… Continue reading Get your freekeh on–the new supergrain from the Middle East in a post Thanksgiving soup!

My new Feast in the Middle East Trailer!

If you are a new visitor, I made this trailer for you, to give you a taste of not only the Middle Eastern recipes I have demonstrated in the past, but a hint of what’s to come. For those that have subscribed to my channel or followed my blogs I want to give you a…… Continue reading My new Feast in the Middle East Trailer!

Make life interesting…swap your oatmeal with farro, the ancient grain of the Middle East

If you are tired of the same old oatmeal then this blog is for you. Farro is an ancient grain, actually the oldest cultivated grain ever that originated from the Levantine region: Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Palestine. The Egyptians then brought this grain to Italians, who combined this grain with pesto, seafood, and parmesan cheese,…… Continue reading Make life interesting…swap your oatmeal with farro, the ancient grain of the Middle East

Celebrating fall…with Pumpkin Maamoul!

Still not sure whether summer or fall is my favorite time of year. I am all for long warm summer days with blooming flowers, fruit tree harvests from my garden, and quality time spent with my children in sand and water. But, fall is magical. Falling leaves in every shade, wearing tights again in fun