Hello Friends! If you are new here I want to say welcome, my name is Blanche and I love sharing the beauty of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, and making it easy for the busy home cook! Hope you subscribe to my page here, as well as my YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/blanchetv to get my…… Continue reading Koshary- the Ultimate Egyptian Comfort Food!
Usually during this time of year, every second of my day is spent flitting from one activity to another on top of my day jobs. From holiday activities and party planning to volunteering and traveling, let’s just say I usually run on empty this time of year, using loads of under-eye concealer to disguise the…… Continue reading Festive No Bake Chocolate Tahini Tarts!
As with all high school students right now, my daughter misses her friends so much, and there is only so much void that Zoom can fill. At the same time she has been doubling down on her studies, and all work and no play can make for a very dull existence. Hence I stepped in…… Continue reading 2 Ingredient Chocolate Truffles – With Middle Eastern Inspired Filling
There’s a miraculous spice blend in the Arab world that is not only versatile in seasoning a variety of foods, but is also touted as an herbal remedy. That spice blend is za’atar. Za’atar is a zesty Middle Eastern spice mix containing savory (or thyme,) sumac, sesame seeds and salt. This spice is extremely popular…… Continue reading The Perfect Roast Potatoes… with Za’atar
In this time of mass uncertainty, I know one thing for sure. Nothing is going to stop me from celebrating Thanksgiving with my family. The gathering might not be nearly as large as years past, but that is okay, because I like smaller and more intimate gatherings. This is a chance to get creative and…… Continue reading 4 Creative Holiday Recipes: 1 Air fryer for Easy Entertaining
Indigenous pasta dishes are a rare find in the Arab world. But there is one culinary treasure involving an Arab pasta-like dish stemming back thousands of years. The base of this dish is the humble dumpling. Traditionally, dumplings have been an economical way to stretch costly meats to feed large and or poor families. Enrobing…… Continue reading The Ancient Dumpling of the Levant: Shish Barak
The Arabica coffee bean is likely the very first coffee that was ever consumed on this planet. The first written record of coffee made from roasted coffee beans comes from Arab scholars, who wrote that it was useful in prolonging their working hours, clearly the understatement of the century! Arabs in Yemen started making a…… Continue reading How to make Arabic- Turkish Coffee “Qahwa Arabiyeh”
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!
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
Happy New Year Everyone! As this community reaches 40,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel, I always like to do a reassessment, to see what kind of content you would like to see in the future. Other than sharing recipes, I have also done quite a few travel vlogs, as well as videos on nutrition and…… Continue reading Mammoth Maqlouba in Hebron!