Ghraybeh- Arabic Shortbread Cookies (S Cookies)

These buttery shortbread cookies seem to appear in various parts of the Middle East with different names. Throughout the Arab world they are known as Ghraybeh, shaped either as the letter ‘S’ or as a diamond. In Greece these are known as Kourabiedes. In Armenia they are known as Kourabia. When my husband was a… Continue reading Ghraybeh- Arabic Shortbread Cookies (S Cookies)

My New Cooking Classes in the San Francisco Bay Area!

I love Christmas, but not the landfill that surrounds it. I would much rather make homemade treats, or give gift certificates that support local business than buy “stuff” that ends up in the junk pile. If any of you have foodie friends, and want to give a gift of a culinary demonstration with a sampling… Continue reading My New Cooking Classes in the San Francisco Bay Area!

New Video: 7 Tips for Entertaining Guests from the Middle East!

My latest video is in response to many of YOU, the viewers, who wanted a video on how to entertain guests from the Middle East. During the summer I released a video about what to expect if you are INVITED to a Middle Eastern home. However many people are finding themselves in the reverse situation,… Continue reading New Video: 7 Tips for Entertaining Guests from the Middle East!

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)

Superbowl Recipe Roundup!

Everyone knows that the Superbowl is all about the food! And the commercials. And the halftime show. And oh yeah, the actual game hehe. So as you can see I really have my priorities, and chances are you have similar priorities because you’re here too, checkin out the FOOD! So, let’s get to business, here… Continue reading Superbowl Recipe Roundup!

SHAWARMA!

My most epic sandwich moment happened near Petra in Jordan, years ago. I was determined to hike around this ancient city  with my tour group  in 100 degree heat. One of my friends on this trip, John, was perpetually  hungry, regardless of the blistering hot weather. He saw a lonely shawarma stand off the side… Continue reading SHAWARMA!

Easter Recap 2014 (And Mother’s Day Ideas to Spoil Your Momma!)

I know it’s kind of late to post an Easter recap of my menu, but I wanted to give some general entertaining ideas that you can make all year round (Mother’s Day is just around the corner folks!). I always get a little nervous when I have vegans coming over–but enjoy the challenge of making… Continue reading Easter Recap 2014 (And Mother’s Day Ideas to Spoil Your Momma!)