Snacks

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 […]

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, […]

Kileche Recipe (Assyrian Holiday Cookies)

Kileche Recipe (Assyrian Holiday Cookies)

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.

Candied Figs

Candied Figs

It’s that time of year when kids are headed back to school, while I’m up to my elbows in figs! The good thing is I LOVE figs. However, the drawback is they are very high in carbs/sugar. There’s also the fact that I’m the only […]

Homemade Granola Mix (with a Middle Eastern Twist)

Homemade Granola Mix (with a Middle Eastern Twist)

When you hear the words homemade granola, you don’t usually think of Middle Eastern food. No, you either think of health food or hippies, at least that’s what goes through my warped mind. I achieve the “Middle Eastern twist” in the homemade granola recipe by […]

Easter Eggs (Dyed with Onion Skins)

Easter Eggs (Dyed with Onion Skins)

My favorite thing about holidays is the traditions attached to them. I guess I’ve always been sentimental, but it seems the older I get, the more sentimental I become. Easter is a special time of year, where we celebrate the fact that we serve a risen Lord.

Pineapple Chips

Pineapple Chips

Have you ever tried pineapple chips? If not, it’s time you did something about that! My daughter, Nena, tried them for the first time last Fall, and has been asking for them ever since.

Microwave Peanut Brittle

Microwave Peanut Brittle

Christmas and baking go hand in hand, don’t they? During the last few weeks before Christmas, my baking really kicks into high gear. Last year, while making my microwaved peanut brittle, I decided to add some flavors to make it extra Christmasy.

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.”

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!

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!

Sinfully Tasty Lamb Cracklins (Kizikeh)

Sinfully Tasty Lamb Cracklins (Kizikeh)

Cracklins have become popular in the U.S., over the last few years. But guess what? Other cultures had been frying animal fat, and enjoying this sinfully delicious snack for centuries! Assyrians call this delicious snack, “Kizikeh.”

Spiced Almonds

Spiced Almonds

Lately I’ve been snacking on dry roasted almonds in an effort to eat healthier. Like anything else, too much of a good thing can eventually get boring. In an effort to spice things up, I came up with this spiced almonds recipe.

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.

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!