Ma’Moul and Ka’ak Bi Ajwa- Semolina Cookies for Easter

There is a special cookie that has been around since the Egyptian Pharoahs, a cookie that carries religious significance for Christians and Muslims, a cookie that is so meaningful it is only made once a year in most Arab households. That cookie is….Ma’moul, and the date ring cookie cousin called Ka’ak bu Ajwa (also known…… Continue reading Ma’Moul and Ka’ak Bi Ajwa- Semolina Cookies for Easter

Avochocolado! (Chocolate Mousse)

Do you find yourself wanted to pull out all of your hair during this election? Do you just want to run into a closet with a jar of Nutella and make it all go away? Maybe you fantasize about buying that bungalow on a beach in Bora Bora, just to stay there for the next…… Continue reading Avochocolado! (Chocolate Mousse)

Ma’Moul Cookies for Easter!

Although mainstream media seldom talks about Arab Christians, there are millions of us all over the world, from Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Easter is huge for us, and there are many traditions we participate in to prepare for this big holiday. Palm Sunday masses tend to be massive processions where everyone is holding…… Continue reading Ma’Moul Cookies for Easter!

Healthy, no bake “Chocolate” truffles with secret Middle Eastern ingredient!

The holidays are just bursting with dangerous goodies that taste fabulous but really offer little nutritional value. I listen in awe to my mother’s stories of her childhood: “Blanche, chocolate was a luxurious rarity, so we often snacked on dates for dessert.” I realized she was on to something. When I just want some chocolate…… Continue reading Healthy, no bake “Chocolate” truffles with secret Middle Eastern ingredient!

Mouthwatering date fritters!

Why don’t people use dates more often? Growing up in a Middle Eastern/American household, dates were a staple in our kitchen. My mom would serve dates alongside almonds and dried apricots as an appetizer or snack, and she would also chop them up to put them in breads or cakes. The neighbor’s kids thought it…… Continue reading Mouthwatering date fritters!