Why I love grape leaves even more than grapes, secrets to Warak Dawali (stuffed grape leaves)

The one thing I regret saying in my latest video is that stuffed grape leaves (warak dawali) is the most difficult Middle Eastern dish to make. I really take that back. It’s actually quite easy, but just a little time consuming–which is why enlisting the help of family makes it more special! Some friends I know…… Continue reading Why I love grape leaves even more than grapes, secrets to Warak Dawali (stuffed grape leaves)

Arabic Coffee Ice Cream with Nutella Swirl!

During this hot summer all I really feel like eating are salads and ice cream. Except I have been really disappointed with the ice cream selection on the supermarket shelves. Some ingredient lists are long enough to cover half a newspaper page! Propylene glycol, hydrogenated oils,  carrageenan, artificial sweeteners and colors and other atrocious ingredients…… Continue reading Arabic Coffee Ice Cream with Nutella Swirl!

Baklava…..for Breakfast!

I have made no secret of my sweet tooth to my family and friends over the years. Baklava is such a popular dessert in Middle Eastern households, and when my mom would make some or order this pastry from the bakery she knew I could scarf down a couple of pieces with coffee at 6:00…… Continue reading Baklava…..for Breakfast!

Lemon Lebneh cheesecake with Almond Ginger Crust

Lebneh is an Arabic breakfast staple, a creamy dip that is a cross between cream cheese and Greek yogurt. This dip is traditionally served with olive oil and pita bread for breakfast, but there are so many other uses for this rockstar dip! I came up with this recipe when I was expecting company and…… Continue reading Lemon Lebneh cheesecake with Almond Ginger Crust

Valentine’s Day Delights!

I have never really been a froofy Valentine’s Day type that expected flower petals in my bathtub, lingerie and perfumes, but I do love a mean box of chocolates! Lately though, a lot of my beloved chocolates have been hijacked. Transfat (disguised as partially hydrogetated oils) high fructose corn syrup (most likely GMO) and even…… Continue reading Valentine’s Day Delights!

Highlights of the Winter Fancy Food Show 2013

Are you one of those Costco junkies that look forward to meandering around the isles just so you can try out the samples? Well, imagine that food sampling experience and multiply it by 1000—and you get the Winter Fancy Food Show! (WFFS) The WFFS is the largest marketplace devoted to specialty foods and beverages in…… Continue reading Highlights of the Winter Fancy Food Show 2013