Course: Side Dish

Two Ingredient Tahini Paste

Two Ingredient Tahini Paste

Are you familiar with tahini paste? If you are of Middle Eastern decent, then no doubt the answer is yes. If not, you might be wondering just what is tahini, anyways?

Perfect Pita Bread

Perfect Pita Bread

Who’s ready to learn how to make some delicious pita bread? Pita bread is probably the easiest bread recipe to master, even the most novice of cooks shouldn’t be intimidated!

Assyrian Vermicelli Rice

Assyrian Vermicelli Rice

Rice, a staple in the Assyrian diet, is served as a side to most meals. Whether it’s present alongside stew or kababs, or as the main meal, as in Biryani, somehow we manage to sneak it into the menu.

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.

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.

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.

ARGENTINIAN CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

ARGENTINIAN CHIMICHURRI SAUCE

Chimichurri is a spicy and versatile Argentinian sauce that can be served as an accompaniment to various meats, poultry and seafood.


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