Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

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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 […]

Tata’s Signature Salad

Tata’s Signature Salad

Tata’s Signature Salad is a wonderful go-to salad any time of the year. Our Tata (grandma) made this simple salad so refreshing by adding a touch of mint. Of course, her sweet tooth would always kick in, so she added a little bit of sugar […]

Majedah’s Hummus

Majedah’s Hummus

This is an ode to hummus. Hummus has earned the title of a universal dish. From an upscale to a fast food restaurant, there is a good chance that you may find hummus on the menu, and if not, probably the place next door has […]

Tata’s Rose Water Lemonade

Tata’s Rose Water Lemonade

This drink was always a staple at my Tata’s house. Our Tata (my dad’s mom, Nimat) had a huge sweet tooth and would stack her kitchen with jars of candy (always including starburst), cookies, and, of course, her sweet rose water lemonade. As a child, […]

Tabouleh

Tabouleh

No dish is more quintessentially Middle-Eastern then Tabouleh. It’s the first dish that comes to my mind anytime anyone asks me “So what exactly is Middle-Eastern food?” It is also one of those dishes that makes your mouth water just thinking about it, in part, […]

Tata’s Potato Salad

Tata’s Potato Salad

This is NOT your grandma’s mayo filled potato salad! This is our Tata’s refreshing and tangy potato salad. This potato salad is very light and crisp with its fresh ingredients of parsley, green onion, and lemon juice. It’s the perfect summer potato salad and will […]

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

A smokey, silky, Middle Eastern eggplant dip with a punch of flavor.

Turshi

Turshi

Turshi – it’s fun to say and fun to eat.  The middle-eastern style pickled vegetables are a true party in your mouth.    The tang of the vinegar combined with flavors of curry, garlic, coriander and turmeric add a bomb of flavor to any dish.   Try […]

Dill Rice

Dill Rice

Dill – its slightly warm bitterness and taste of fennel, anise and celery, can transform things like bland white rice into celebratory masterpieces.  While my youthful palate did not quite take to the dill flavor profile, I have certainly come to appreciate dill rice as […]

Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee

My memories of Turkish coffee surround my dad’s mother, Tata. Anytime she would have guest over, I remember Tata sneaking away, and then returning with a tray of Turkish coffee and sweets. The smell of Turkish coffee is second to none, and fills me with […]