Appetizers

Stuffed Dates (Easy Four-Ingredient Recipe)

Stuffed Dates (Easy Four-Ingredient Recipe)

If you love dates, you’re in luck! I’m about to share with you everything you need to know about my Easy Four-Ingredient Stuffed Dates recipe! Can you think of any fruit that is more Middle Eastern in origin than dates? Dates have been cultivated in […]

Middle Eastern Salad (Zalata)

Middle Eastern Salad (Zalata)

So we’re into the second week of January, and I don’t know about you, but I’m still doing my best to eat healthier. As promised, I’m focusing on healthier recipes this month. Which brings us to the topic of this post, Middle Eastern salad. The […]

Arayes | Meat-Filled Pita Pockets

Arayes | Meat-Filled Pita Pockets

“Arayes,” is an Arabic word means “brides.” It’s also the name of this irresistible (Lebanese) meat-stuffed pita bread. Another way to describe them is as Middle Eastern grilled pita sandwiches. Traditionally the pita bread is stuffed with ground lamb, which is how I prefer it. However, […]

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Break out the chips; we’re making salsa! I find that there are two types of people in this world; those that like red salsa, and those that prefer green salsa. And by “green,” I’m referring to “roasted tomatillo salsa,” also known as “salsa verde.” I […]

Bourak (Assyrian Egg Rolls)  Recipe

Bourak (Assyrian Egg Rolls) Recipe

Bourak, are referred to as Assyrian, or Middle Eastern egg rolls. These spicy, cigar-shaped appetizers are usually served as “mezze.”

German American Potato Salad

German American Potato Salad

Wait until you taste my German American potato salad! It’s a perfect marriage between German potato salad and classic American potato salad. I developed the tasty recipe over many years of experimenting.

Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad

Middle Eastern Chickpea Salad

Now that Summer is upon us, I find myself not being very hungry. Or maybe it’s just too hot to be cooped up in the kitchen cooking, so I convince myself that I’m not that hungry?

Mexican Pickled Carrots

Mexican Pickled Carrots

Sometimes I share recipes that are quite complicated. I wonder to myself how many people out there will actually even tackle the recipe. Then there’s times when I share very basic recipes that even a beginner can master. This is one of those recipes.

Falafel | Authentic Middle Eastern Recipe

Falafel | Authentic Middle Eastern Recipe

I’ve had a lot of requests for a good falafel recipe, so I’m finally sharing my favorite falafel recipe with you! Yes, it’s even better than the one I shared in my Mom’s Authentic Assyrian Recipes cookbook.

Buried Cheese (Joopta Doomirtah)

Buried Cheese (Joopta Doomirtah)

Buried cheese? Yes, buried cheese! You see, that is a direct translation for this recipe’s Assyrian title “Joopta (cheese) Doomirtah (buried).” But don’t worry, I won’t ask you to bury anything, I promise!

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!

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.

Authentic Hummus Recipe

Authentic Hummus Recipe

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!

Low Carb Seed Crackers

Low Carb Seed Crackers

I have been making these crackers every couple of days ever since an Instagram friend introduced me to a similar recipe, which can be found at her YouTube channel.

Jalapeño Poppers | Low Carb

Jalapeño Poppers | Low Carb

Did you know that jalapeño poppers are very easy to make? If you didn’t, stick around, I’ll teach you everything I know. If you’ve ever been on a low carb diet, you know how easy it is to get bored eating the same things over […]