Ingredient: water

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.”

Kubba Hamouth (Meat Dumpling Soup)

Kubba Hamouth (Meat Dumpling Soup)

Kubba Hamouth is my favorite Assyrian soup. “Kubba” is the name of the meat-stuffed “dumplings,” while “Hamouth” means “sour.” Kubba comes in many forms, shapes, and sizes. It’s also prepared in many ways.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Not Your Mother’s Hareesa

Not Your Mother’s Hareesa

Ask any Assyrian to list some of their favorite Assyrian dishes and hareesa will most likely be on that list. But because it takes so much effort to make, it’s usually only prepared for special occasions and holidays.

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.

Quick Homemade Pasta

Quick Homemade Pasta

Nothing can beat the taste of homemade pasta. Once you taste it, it’s hard to go back to store-bought pasta. If you are intimidated at the idea of making homemade pasta, don’t be, it’s actually quite easy.

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.


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