About

The Early Years

I was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and lived there with my parents and six siblings until the age of nine. My family moved to the United States in 1976 and made Chicago our home. After High School, I enlisted in the Navy, and was stationed in San Diego. In 1990, I met and fell in love my husband, Scott, in a San Diego county jail. Don’t panic, we were both working there as deputies! We are blessed with two wonderful children, Nena, and Scotty.

 

My Inspiration, My mom 

I published Mom’s Authentic Assyrian Recipes cookbook in 2008, in honor of my mom, Najiba Mirza, who was the best cook I know and the sweetest lady to ever walk the face of this earth.  In 1995, mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought bravely, until cancer finally took her life in 2009. Although I miss her terribly, I am glad she got to see the book published. The look on her face when I handed her the first signed copy was priceless! 

 

Help Me Spread the Word

Thanks to mom, cooking has become my true passion. I’m excited that I get to share that passion with you! I love hearing from my readers, so leaving comments and asking questions is strongly encouraged! This is a pretty new blog, so I’m hoping that my reader can help me spread the word by sharing the recipes via the various social media links. Finally, consider subscribing to my blog. Subscribers are the first to be notified when I post a new recipe on this blog. I’m looking forward to hearing from YOU!


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