Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

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Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Scones

Our mom loves her afternoon tea. Along with the Iraqi custom of enjoying cups of tea any time of the day, she also appreciates the English tradition of afternoon tea.  This is a tradition she experienced spending summers in England with her family and friends. […]

Kousa (Stuffed Zucchini)

Kousa (Stuffed Zucchini)

When I would come home from college, I would always stop by my grandparents house to raid the fridge for leftovers or Nana’s famous hummus. In the summers, I would sometimes run over to their house, have a quick lunchtime meal, watch tv with my […]

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, […]

Nana B’s Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

Nana B’s Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

Making this dish brought back the wonderful memories of going to my grandparents house after school. As a kid, I loved all the creamy dishes: mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, fettuccine alfredo… and of course Nana B’s creamy chicken. I would like to think that […]

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 […]

Arabic Macaroni

Arabic Macaroni

This was the 30 minute meal before Rachael Ray’s 30 minute meals were a thing. My mom would come home from work and be able to whip this up as a meal for the whole family. I loved having this dish. It is so simple, […]

Lentil Soup (Shorbat Adas)

Lentil Soup (Shorbat Adas)

Whenever I’d watch my mom make lentil soup, I was always impressed with how quickly she was able to get it on the table for dinner. Within 30 minutes, a mound of dried, red lentils would turn into the creamiest bowl of soup. The creaminess […]