Ingredient: cardamom

Fuyu Persimmon Preserves

Fuyu Persimmon Preserves

Although you came here to check out my fuyu persimmon preserves recipe, I’d like to tell you a little story first.

Hilda’s Crack Cookies

Hilda’s Crack Cookies

There’s a reason this recipe has the word “crack” in the title. Like crack, these cookies are truly addicting! This recipe wasn’t always called “Hilda’s Crack Cookies,” though. The originally version of this recipe was called “MJ’s Can’t Stop Eating Them Cookies.” MJ was a […]

Christmas Peanut Brittle

Christmas Peanut Brittle

Christmas and baking go hand in hand, don’t they? During the last few weeks before Christmas, my baking really kicks into high gear. Last year, while making my microwaved peanut brittle, I decided to add some flavors to make it extra Christmasy.

Assyrian Holiday Cookies (Kileche/Kleicha)

Assyrian Holiday Cookies (Kileche/Kleicha)

Although I call these “Assyrian Holiday cookies,” the truth is they are very popular in the Middle East. In fact, they are Iraq’s national cookie; specifically the date filled ones.

Caramel Apple Pie

Caramel Apple Pie

When you hear the term All American, what comes to mind? For me, it’s our beautiful flag, our troops, baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie!

Muakacha (Fillo Delights)

Muakacha (Fillo Delights)

Muakacha is a Middle Eastern dessert made with phyllo dough that’s smothered with butter and custard. Are you drooling yet? Muakacha was not a recipe that I was familiar with. I first heard of it from my sister, Beni, who was introduced to the recipe by one of her friends.

Fig Newtons

Fig Newtons

Fig newtons are one of my favorite Fall treats. I always have plenty of fig preserves in the Fall, thanks to my beautiful fig tree. If you like store-bought fig newtons, you will love this homemade version!

Easy Beef or Lamb Shawarma

Easy Beef or Lamb Shawarma

Shawarma is meat that is stacked vertically on a spit and cooked slowly over many hours. Since most of us don’t have a spit handy or hours to cook, I’m sharing a tasty alternative.

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.

Beni’s Biryani

Beni’s Biryani

Yesterday was Biryani day at my sister, Beni’s house. I’m currently visiting her in Chicago. We have spent the last two weeks primarily cooking and eating! My brother was stopping by for a visit and requested we make biryani.


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