Appetizers

Tahini Sauce

Tahini Sauce

If you’ve never had tahini sauce, you are in for a treat! It’s a very popular condiment in the Middle East. It is usually served alongside falafel, but that’s not where the possibilities end!

Buried Cheese (Joopta Doomirtah)

Buried Cheese (Joopta Doomirtah)

Buried cheese? Yes, buried cheese! You see, that is a direct translation for this recipe’s Assyrian title “Joopta (cheese) Doomirtah (buried).” But don’t worry, I won’t ask you to bury anything, I promise!

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread

For the past year, I’ve been trying to perfect sourdough bread baking. In January, I started my own sourdough starter. Since then, I have baked many a loaf of bread, trying to get it right.

Membrillo (Quince Paste)

Membrillo (Quince Paste)

Fall is my favorite season for many reasons; cooler weather, leaves changing colors, decorating for Halloween, pumpkin spice lattes, and baking lots of yummy food! Fall is also the time of year I scour the grocery stores for quince, the main ingredient in membrillo.

Pomegranate and Quinoa Salad

Pomegranate and Quinoa Salad

A couple of days ago I was invited by a friend to come pick some pomegranates off of her tree. Ask anyone that really knows me what some of my favorite things are and they should name some of the following; cooking, rain, Mr. Bean, working out, and picking fruit from friend’s fruit trees!

Smoked Octopus

Smoked Octopus

A couple of times a year, Scott likes to surprise Nena by bringing home octopus to be smoked in our smoker. It was during a family vacation to Hawaii that she fell in love with “Smoked Tako”, which is what they call smoked octopus in Hawaii.

Lemony Greek Dolmathes with Toasted Pine Nuts

Lemony Greek Dolmathes with Toasted Pine Nuts

I’ve always loved grape leaf dolma…Middle Eastern style, that is! I used to think that I disliked Greek dolmathes. Our family spent three months in Greece when I was nine years old, while waiting for our papers to immigrate to the U. S.

Spicy Jalapeño Hummus

Spicy Jalapeño Hummus

Although everyone is familiar with hummus these days, I remember not too long ago when I would take hummus to a potluck and friends had no clue what it was. Hummus has been a staple in the Middle East for hundreds of years!

Low Carb Seed Crackers

Low Carb Seed Crackers

I have been making these crackers every couple of days ever since an Instagram friend introduced me to a similar recipe, which can be found at her YouTube channel.

LOW CARB JALAPEÑO POPPERS

LOW CARB JALAPEÑO POPPERS

These low carb poppers were a big hit with my family and I hope they are with yours as well!



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