Ingredient: lemon juice

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.

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!

Semolina Cake (Nammoura)

Semolina Cake (Nammoura)

Most Assyrians call this cake “nammoura,” while others refer to it by it’s Arabic name, “basbousa.” Greeks call it “ravani,” and other Middle Eastern regions refer to it as “harissa.”

Persimmon Jam

Persimmon Jam

Today, we’re making persimmon jam. Hachiya Persimmon Jam, to be exact. Although there are other varieties like fuyu, cinnamon, sweet pumpkin and more, this recipe uses hachiya persimmons.

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!

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.

Masgouf / Iraqi Grilled Fish

Masgouf / Iraqi Grilled Fish

Many consider masgouf to be the national dish of Iraq. Assyrians are not known for their seafood dishes. As a matter of fact, masgouf was the only fish dish my mom ever cooked.

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.

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!

Galaktoboureko

Galaktoboureko

The greeks call this dessert Galaktoboureko, in the Middle East it’s known as Kahi. No matter what the name, you’ll call it delicious. Seriously, how can you go wrong with fillo dough layered with butter and filled with custard?


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