Entree

Creamy Yogurt And Herb Soup (Booshala)

Creamy Yogurt And Herb Soup (Booshala)

Booshala is the Assyrian equivalent to chicken soup. It is believed that this nutritious yogurt soup can relieve cold and flu symptoms, and quicken recovery. In fact, I recall mom making this soup anytime one of us was sick. She made it the way I […]

Grilled Jerk Chicken

Grilled Jerk Chicken

Who doesn’t love a piece of beautifully charred, perfectly seasoned, jerk chicken? Lately it’s been really helping me stick to my low-carb diet. Before we get to the recipe, here’s some interesting facts about this tasty chicken.

Sheikh Mahshi|Meat Stuffed Vegetables

Sheikh Mahshi|Meat Stuffed Vegetables

Sheikh Mahshi is loved and prepared by many Middle Eastern cultures, Assyrians included. Some refer to this dish as “Sheikh el-mahshi.” In Arabic, “Sheikh Mahshi” means “stuffed prince.”

Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork

This is my quick and easy pulled pork recipe. Recipes like this one leave you “non-cooks” without any excuses. This recipe only has a few steps. This means no matter what your cooking skill or level, you can pull this off. I have faith in you!

Lamb or Beef Kofta Kabob (Kebab)

Lamb or Beef Kofta Kabob (Kebab)

If you are not Middle Eastern, you might be wondering “what the heck is a kofta?” Is it meat, is it vegetable, or is it some mysterious Middle Eastern ingredient? It’s actually none of those!

“Off the Charts” Chili Verde

“Off the Charts” Chili Verde

“Chili Verde” simply means “green chili” in Spanish. It’s a slow-cooked Mexican stew made with a mixture of tomatillos, peppers, onion, garlic, chicken broth, and spices.

Assyrian Vermicelli Rice

Assyrian Vermicelli Rice

Rice, a staple in the Assyrian diet, is served as a side to most meals. Whether it’s present alongside stew or kababs, or as the main meal, as in Biryani, somehow we manage to sneak it into the menu.

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.

Easy Beef / Lamb Shawarma

Easy Beef / 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.

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.

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

Who says you can’t mix the flavors of two different cultures to come up with an amazing new recipe? Well, if my mom was still living, I’m sure she would object. She was very set in her ways when it came to cooking.

Biryani (Beni’s Recipe)

Biryani (Beni’s Recipe)

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.

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.

Cabbage Dolma (Dolma’t Chalama)

Cabbage Dolma (Dolma’t Chalama)

Cabbage Dolma is one of those Assyrian dishes that everyone loves. It also happens to be my daughter’s favorite.

Coffee-Simmered Chuck Roast

Coffee-Simmered Chuck Roast

One of my favorite things in the world is coffee. So it’s no surprise that I love using it in any recipe I can get away with, like this chuck roast.