Macho Nachos!

The nacho obsession in my family began when my siblings and I were in grade school at a sports spirit rally. Like  most children, we didn’t really have high culinary standards, so salty crunchy chips drowning in a fake cheezy sauce hooked us immediately. In high school we looked forward to our parents’ night out…… Continue reading Macho Nachos!

Have you ever thought about turning your favorite cookie into a cake? Meet my Ma’amoul Cake!

Well I have–too much actually. About once a year I get to indulge in Middle Eastern buttery cookies that are so time consuming to make, that my family has to form an assembly line to work on them for about 4 hours. The cookie is called Ma’amoul, a semolina shortbread pastry filled with either dates…… Continue reading Have you ever thought about turning your favorite cookie into a cake? Meet my Ma’amoul Cake!

Holiday Decorating Ideas

I realize that while I can cook, I lack the patience to decorate. I take a minimalist, modern approach–which allows me think less about decor haha! My mother is not only an amazing cook, she is an incredible artist–she can recreate paintings by Degas and Sargent, and…she can also create a mean table setting. I…… Continue reading Holiday Decorating Ideas

It’s that time of year again-Time to make Burbara!

Just a refresher for new followers of this blog, it is time for the feast of Santa Barbara among Palestinian and Lebanese Christians, which means heaping hot bowls of Burbara! Burbara is made to celebrate the feast of Santa Barbara–for a history and recipe to this delicious bowl of goodness, click on this LINK . Happy…… Continue reading It’s that time of year again-Time to make Burbara!

Hashwa-Arabic Style Dressing for your Thanksgiving Feast!

Let’s face reality – Thanksgiving is not the ideal time to go low carb. The holidays are the ideal time to put away the protein shakes, the sprouted tortillas and the egg-white omelets and celebrate togetherness by reveling in some luxurious carbohydrates. My mother is known for putting everyone out into a sleepy stupor after…… Continue reading Hashwa-Arabic Style Dressing for your Thanksgiving Feast!

My Latest Mini Documentary on the Lebanese Festival

If I want to submerge myself into a different culture without getting a plane ticket I just hit my local ethnic food festival. I feel so grateful to live in the San Francisco Bay Area where these food festivals abound–from Greek and Filipino to Polish and Portuguese. One of my favorites is the Lebanese Festival in…… Continue reading My Latest Mini Documentary on the Lebanese Festival

KENAFA WARS!

If this whole planet were to implode tomorrow and I had the time to eat my favorite food before that happens, I would find or make kanafeh and wolf the whole platter down. Or,  if you asked me what  you should include in your bucket list of 10 things to try before you die I would also…… Continue reading KENAFA WARS!