MY COOKBOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE!

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!

7 Reasons Why Cooking is a Sign of Strength!

If I had a dollar for every time I hear the phrase “Women belong in the kitchen” I would have a nice stash of cash. The reality is, there are many women AND men, who enjoy being in the kitchen that also have many other talents and responsibilities. I have met many doctors, lawyers, teachers,…… Continue reading 7 Reasons Why Cooking is a Sign of Strength!

Autumn Harvest Bowl- With Freekeh!

If you checked out my last blog, I wrote about the Palestinian Harvest Box and how community supported agriculture can have many positive effects on the environment worldwide. In this blog I am going to focus on freekeh, one of the items from the farmer’s box many people are not aware of.  Freekeh is a staple…… Continue reading Autumn Harvest Bowl- With Freekeh!

Lowcarb Za’atar Rolls and Adas (Lentil Soup) – A comforting Vegetarian Feast!

The weather is still freezing (even by California standards), but as we get closer to spring, I tend to crave warm yet light meals that will energize me throughout the busy days. Shorbat addas, otherwise known as lentil soup in Arabic, is perfect because the soup is hearty and comforting, yet doesn’t make your feel…… Continue reading Lowcarb Za’atar Rolls and Adas (Lentil Soup) – A comforting Vegetarian Feast!

“Baba Ghanoush” Tart

Thanksgiving is just brimming with so many sweet pies and tarts. Pumpkin, apple, pecan,  and rhubarb pies have all dominated our Thanksgiving dessert table for many years. However, as more and more family members have been diagnosed  with diabetes or weight issues, I thought why not make a rich, satisfying tart without all of that…… Continue reading “Baba Ghanoush” Tart

Middle Eastern Lentil Lettuce Cups with Butternut Squash & Tahini Dipping Sauce

There is a fun element in vegan cooking that you just don’t get with meat based dishes. You get to tap into the fruits and vegetables of the season, and think of using them in creative and fanciful ways to appeal to the whole family. You can even get children engaged in vegan cooking by…… Continue reading Middle Eastern Lentil Lettuce Cups with Butternut Squash & Tahini Dipping Sauce

Strawberry Pomegranate Molasses Ice Cream Pie (Yeah it’s a Mouthful)

In PART III of my Pomegranate Molasses Series, I focus on dessert! Growing up, did you ever eat that throwback ice cream pie that had hideous ingredients in it like Cool Whip and Jello? When I got older and realized what Jello and Cool Whip were made of, I vowed never to eat that junk…… Continue reading Strawberry Pomegranate Molasses Ice Cream Pie (Yeah it’s a Mouthful)

High Protein Banana Souffle Pancakes!

I can’t tell you how long I gave up pancakes. When I was in my 20s, I could metabolize anything with no ill effects, but once I entered my 30s I realized I could not eat a bunch of refined carbs in one sitting.  Take for instance, pancakes. If I indulged in a stack of…… Continue reading High Protein Banana Souffle Pancakes!

Garlicky Herb Roasted Artichokes

Sometimes,  the time spent cooking with loved ones is just as gratifying as eating the final dish. I don’t think there has ever been a time when my “baby” brother hasn’t made me bust a gut laughing so hard, so it’s no wonder this artichoke video turned out to be a bit um….unconventional for a…… Continue reading Garlicky Herb Roasted Artichokes

Layali Lubnan- “Lebanese Nights” Semolina Custard with Rose Flower Water

My love affair with Layali Lubnan began when I was 10 years old. My mother brought me along with her to a bridal shower, and to be honest the endless conversations and gift opening of fine china bored me to tears. However, the lavish dessert table I eyed in the corner of the room redeemed…… Continue reading Layali Lubnan- “Lebanese Nights” Semolina Custard with Rose Flower Water