Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

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Za’atar Spiced Popcorn

Za’atar Spiced Popcorn

This is the time of year when I really miss Chicago. St. Patrick’s Day weekend is coming up, and the whole city gets together to dye the river green and party. The festivity screams Chicago. Just like the many Chicago staples: Lou Malnati’s deep dish, […]

Tahini Granola

Tahini Granola

This Tahini Granola is just so satisfying. I love having it on hand to top on yogurt or eat by itself. It has a mix of oats, almonds, tahini, apricots and cranberries, and it’s not overly sweet, which I really appreciate. The hint of nuttiness […]

Rice with Hikaka

Rice with Hikaka

Rice with hikaka is a staple in our house. But, what is hikaka (pronounced hick-ka-ka in Arabic) you may ask? Hikaka is the delicious, crispy rice that forms at the bottom of a pot of cooked rice. When ready to serve the pot is flipped […]

Black Seed Biscuits

Black Seed Biscuits

These delicious flaky biscuits are inspired by my favorite cookie, Kakat’ Mahlab. Black seeds, butter and mahlab spice are the mainstays of both these biscuits and the cookies. And, as Nana would say, “it has just a finger of butter,” which is Nana language for […]

Baharat

Baharat

It’s the spice of life! Well, maybe not exactly, but it is the spice that I most associate with my mom’s kitchen. Baharat is a blend of multiple warm and aromatic spices – cinnamon, cardamom, all spice, black pepper, nutmeg and cloves. You can add […]

Middle Eastern Salad

Middle Eastern Salad

This salad comes together quickly and is so refreshing and flavorful.The freshness comes from the mix of parsley, mint, lemon, cucumber and tomato. This is a common side salad that greets many Middle Eastern tables and can pair with about any dish, such as kabob, […]

Iraqi Red Rice

Iraqi Red Rice

“What color rice would you like for dinner?” a question frequented by our mom. Options were white, brown, red, and yellow. Besides brown rice, our rice colors are not based on the type of grain, but the broth we used. Always using basmati, of course. […]

Baba’s Potato Chips

Baba’s Potato Chips

Growing up, we had a deep fryer and used it for one sole purpose, Baba’s potato chips. Especially on fall weekends, it was always a treat to see Baba cutting potatoes and watching the golden deliciousness coming out of the bubbling fryer. Just add a […]

Kufta

Kufta

My earliest memory of eating kufta is at my grandparent’s house. The house would fill with this familiar delicious smell, and I knew that a juicy spiced meat patty with slow roasted tomatoes in a pita sandwich was in my near future. Growing up, I […]

Delightful Pocketless Pita

Delightful Pocketless Pita

Bread, aka khubez in Arabic, is common to many Middle Eastern meals. It is eaten with hummus, dips, cheese, meats…the list goes on! There are so many varieties of bread too. This recipe creates the softest and fluffiest pocketless pita. It is perfect to dip […]