Course: 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!

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

Fall is the perfect time for ham and split pea soup. It’s warm, creamy, and oh-so-filling. The next time you bake a ham, be sure to save the bone so you can give this recipe a try.

Plum Preserves

Plum Preserves

Plum Preserves is quite easy to make. You can take some not-so-beautiful plums and make some gorgeous preserves with them. Follow along this easy recipe to learn how!

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!

Chili Sauce

Chili Sauce

For the past few years my serrano pepper plant has been going crazy! It’s more like a bush. Last year I dried the peppers and we ate them as a side with Mexican food. This year I wanted to try something new.

Assyrian Pickled Eggplant

Assyrian Pickled Eggplant

Recently, while visiting my sister in Chicago, we discussed some of mom’s old recipes. I mentioned that I recalled mom making pickled eggplant when I was younger, but didn’t recall her making them in my adult years.

Strawberry Fig Preserves

Strawberry Fig Preserves

I still remember the first time I had strawberry fig preserves. It was when I was in my twenties and worked at a women’s jail. One of the older ladies that worked there always made preserves and different types of jams and brought them in for everyone to enjoy.

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.


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