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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?

Healthy Bulgur Pilaf Recipe  ( Assyrian Pirda )

Healthy Bulgur Pilaf Recipe ( Assyrian Pirda )

Stop the presses! Today I’m sharing a recipe for a grain that’s healthier than rice, and has a delicious nutty flavor! That grain is called “bulgur.” Bulgur is not a commonly used word in the English language. I guess for a good reason, since it is Turkish in origin.

Edamame Dill Rice

Edamame Dill Rice

Edamame Dill Rice is my spin on a popular Assyrian rice traditionally made with lima beans and dill. This rice is served alongside chicken and meat kabobs, or eaten by itself as a vegetarian dish.

Jalapeño Cheddar Sourdough Bread

Jalapeño Cheddar Sourdough Bread

This was the first sourdough bread recipe I ever came up with. I loved the idea of Jalapeño Cheddar Sourdough Bread because as I’ve mentioned before, everyone in my family loves spicy food. The cheese is just an added bonus!

Mexican Spanish Rice

Mexican Spanish Rice

So, you might be wondering, what’s with the name? Are we making Spanish rice or Mexican rice?  In truth, I had a hard time deciding what to name this recipe. You see, I wanted those searching for both names to be able to find this […]

Pickled Mango (Amba)

Pickled Mango (Amba)

If you had told me a few years ago that one day I’d be making my own amba (pickled mango) I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s just not a recipe that any of my family members have prepared before. Amba was purchased, not made. But guess what? Here I am, killing it!

Creamy Coconut Rice

Creamy Coconut Rice

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, maybe you’ve noticed that I LOVE rice! If I was going to be stranded on an island (and didn’t care about gaining weight) rice would easily be my food of choice.

Easy Pita Bread

Easy Pita Bread

Who’s ready to learn how to make some delicious pita bread? Pita bread is probably the easiest bread recipe to master, even the most novice of cooks shouldn’t be intimidated!

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.

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread

For the past year, I’ve been trying to perfect sourdough bread baking. In January, I started my own sourdough starter. Since then, I have baked many a loaf of bread, trying to get it right.

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!

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!

Pickled Turnips

Pickled Turnips

You might be asking yourself, “pickled turnips? What exactly is a turnip?” Well, for one thing, it’s a root vegetable, and belongs to the Brassicaceae family.

Chickpea Rice (Riza’t Khirtimane)

Chickpea Rice (Riza’t Khirtimane)

This simple, yet tasty recipe always reminds me of my mom, I guess a lot of Assyrian dishes do. She made this rice on a regular basis, especially when she was fasting from meat and dairy.

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 […]