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

Tender Meaty Stew–Using the Crockpot Method

One question I have gotten several times from subscribers is… how do I  cook with tough cuts of meat like chuck? I am not a big meat eater, but I come from a family of carnivorous people.  My daughter especially must have been a tiger in her other life. If she had it her way,…… Continue reading Tender Meaty Stew–Using the Crockpot Method

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)