Za’atar-the Super Spice!

Remember Blanche, a spoon of Za’atar a day will keep the doctor away!” said my late Aunt Bahieh, who lived to be 95 years old. My 96 year old grandmother also eats za’atar every morning and she is still going strong.  As a child my mother was told to eat za’atar for breakfast for mental…… Continue reading Za’atar-the Super Spice!

Fancy Food Show San Francisco!

Imagine a gigantic multi-block convention center filled to the brim with every food trend you ever thought imaginable.  Teriyaki mushroom jerky, marzipan petit fours, every kind of artisan chocolate on the planet,  nut butter rich granola bars, super fruit smoothies, artisan ice creams, fresh Italian cannolis,  French jams of fig or rhubarb paired with butter…… Continue reading Fancy Food Show San Francisco!

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)

Pomegranate Series Part II: Molasses Glazed Chicken

In PART I  of my pomegranate molasses series, I shared with you my recipe for a quick and easy vegan bulgur pilaf with pomegranate molasses dressing. While that can be a main dish for most vegans, I know the carnivores be asking me: “Where the protein at?”  Thankfully the protein is just as quick and…… Continue reading Pomegranate Series Part II: Molasses Glazed Chicken

Muhammara-The Famous Dip of Syria

It’s so sad that people now associate Syria with war, death, mayhem, and destruction. Prior to the war Syria was a veritable culinary mecca, known mostly for its gorgeous desserts displayed like a Dubai skyline of confections.       Another culinary delight originating from Syria is the fiery red Muhammara dip, which is unlike…… Continue reading Muhammara-The Famous Dip of Syria

Thanksgiving idea: Couscous with Glazed Figs, Almonds, and Feta

I love the juxtaposition of sweet and salty, chewy and crunchy, and Couscous with Figs and Feta is just that and a lot more. Although this dish is vegetarian, there is no sacrifice of a rich meaty flavor coming from the plumped up figs. I also use whole wheat couscous, but If you are really…… Continue reading Thanksgiving idea: Couscous with Glazed Figs, Almonds, and Feta