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!
After 10 years of working on this labor of love, my cookbook is finally ready and I am now taking orders! You get to see the cover here first: This hardback book is full of colorful illustrations, meticulous directions, family anecdotes, and historical information about the recipes. The recipes in this book are a great…… Continue reading MY COOKBOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE!
It’s that time of year again! Schools begin, traffic takes a bigger chunk of our daily time, and if you are a parent don’t get me started on the Uber driving, countless after school activities, mountainous piles of laundry and assembly line breakfast and lunch preparation. With all of these new duties fighting over our…… Continue reading Mamma Vera’s Mediterranean Roasted Chicken
Hello Dear Friends.. Hope you are enjoying the sights and sounds of spring, I am loving the reemergence of hummingbirds, and even rabbits that are crossing my path as I go for my morning runs! Just wanted to update you on some exciting news about our recent appearance on a brand new show on NBC…… Continue reading Our Premiere on NBC and Part 4 of the Food and Wine of Spain!