The Palestinian Farmer’s Box is Back for Fall Cooking!

Today our supermarkets have become more saturated than ever with “franken” foods with so called healthy labels. Gluten free does not mean sugar free and vegan does not mean chemical free. The unregulated  “natural” food label has become meaningless, slapped on a plethora of processed foods. However, as consumers we do have the power to…… Continue reading The Palestinian Farmer’s Box is Back for Fall Cooking!

Summer Salad Series Part 2- Egyptian Balela Salad

In Part 1 of my Summer Salad Series, I shared the recipe for Salata Baladia, ubiquitous in pretty much every Arab country. This time we focus on the country of Egypt, with their protein packed and colorful Salata Balela, or Balela salad:   I particularly love this salad because I adore sweet cherry tomatoes, especially…… Continue reading Summer Salad Series Part 2- Egyptian Balela Salad

Fattet Batinjan-Arabic Style 5 Layer Dip with Lamb and Eggplant!

Hello Friends! Here is a fun recipe for your Memorial Day weekend! In the Arab world we waste nothing, and I can tell you we have devised a ton of recipes that do miraculous things with stale bread. Fattet Batinjan is one of those dishes. Crispy pita chips add a bold and crunchy texture to…… Continue reading Fattet Batinjan-Arabic Style 5 Layer Dip with Lamb and Eggplant!

How to make your own Labneh! (Yogurt Cheese)

Hello Friends! First of all an announcement! My mother and I will be on a new show on NBC called California Live! It is a mother’s day special, where they followed us around, watched us cook, and interviewed us about our family and food philosophy! This will air on all NBC stations throughout California on…… Continue reading How to make your own Labneh! (Yogurt Cheese)

Vermicelli Rice: The rice that Goes with EVERYTHING!

Hello FITME family, I just finished the last revision of my cookbook hoo wee! As I get ready for the printing phase, I thought I would share with you a little recipe in the meantime that is foundational to Middle Eastern cuisine. Sometimes you just want a rice that goes with everything, and vermicelli rice…… Continue reading Vermicelli Rice: The rice that Goes with EVERYTHING!

Middle Eastern Style Stuffed Butternut Squash…And FITME in the News!

Middle eastern people love stuffing vegetables with a tantalizing combination of rice and meat with herbs like parsley and mint. They stuff  everything from zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes and even carrots. However one vegetable “vessel” underutilized in the Arab world is the butternut squash, because it is not indigenous to the Middle East. Rather this…… Continue reading Middle Eastern Style Stuffed Butternut Squash…And FITME in the News!

Recipe Ideas From the Fancy Food Show!

The Fancy Food show is like the food sampling Olympics, and with almost 2000 booths to choose from–how does one stand out from the pack? Well in a sea of prepackaged mostly processed carbs and snacks, freshly prepared and baked food is always going to win (not to mention my loud voice over the mic…… Continue reading Recipe Ideas From the Fancy Food Show!