Ingredient: sugar

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.

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-Pumpkin Bars

Persimmon-Pumpkin Bars

With Thanksgiving being right around the corner, these persimmon-pumpkin bars would fit perfectly into your Thanksgiving menu. You can easily make them a few days in advance, giving you one less thing to bake on Thanksgiving day.

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.

Quince Jam (Muraba’t Sparijleh)

Quince Jam (Muraba’t Sparijleh)

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between jam, jelly, and preserves? I know I have! For that reason, I sit here considering what to name this recipe; quince jam, or quince preserves? One thing I am certain of, it’s not jelly. Let’s take a look at some of the differences.

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.

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.

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!

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!

White Chocolate, Dried Cherry and Pistachio Biscotti

White Chocolate, Dried Cherry and Pistachio Biscotti

Who doesn’t love a wonderfully crisp & perfectly sweet biscotti to dunk into their coffee? You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy these delicious cookies!


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