• caramel apple galette
    Dessert

    Caramel Apple Galette

    Who doesn’t love a delicious Fall dessert? Especially when it looks this good and is easy to put together! Impress your friends and family with this caramel apple galette. What is a galette you may be thinking? Well, it’s basically a flat open-faced pie with the edges curled in around the topping. It is rustic and elegant at the same time. You can use this dough to make any pie you like; it doesn’t have to be a galette. You can also explore other fruit flavors if apple isn’t your jam but apple in fall baking is a must for me! Servings size: 10-inch galette Total Time: approx. 2 hours…

  • Kousa Mashi Bil Laban (Stuffed Zucchini in Yogurt)
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Kousa Mahshi Bil Laban (Stuffed Zucchini in Yogurt)

    The ultimate Middle Eastern comfort food. Almost all Arabic households around this time of year will be making mahshi; stuffed vegetables. Kousa Mahshi has a special place in my heart. My mom would make it frequently growing up and it was always a favorite of mine especially with the garlic yogurt sauce. I have always been obsessed with dairy. Too much for my own good. Any meal that had yogurt; I was in. Anything from Mansaf to shish barak (meat dumplings in a yogurt sauce) was a winner in my book. I haven’t had this meal since I got married and moved miles and miles away. So, yesterday I just…

  • batata harra
    Appetizers

    Batata Harra (Spiced Potatoes)

    This delicious potato dish is often served as a side, appetizer, or even for brunch. It has a kick of heat but the acidity of the lemon balances that out. I personally love anything to do with potatoes. They are so versatile and definitely a favorite veggie of mine. In this dish, the potatoes are pan-seared to a nice crisp yet tender in the center with a mouthful of flavor. There are many variations to this Middle Eastern potato dish but this is my take on it. I hope you enjoy! Servings: 1-2 people Total Time: approx. 20-30 minutes Ingredients 1 large potato cut into small cubes (I used a…

  • Dinner

    Stuffed Salmon with Bulgar Salad & Shrimp

    Today’s dish is all about the omegas’s! Salmon is known to be a hearty healthy fish that is super filling and easy to cook. I always have loved stuffed salmon when eating at a restaurant and decided to recreate that at home. What better than cheesy garlic spinach goodness as the filling? To complete this meal; I served it with a delicious and easy bulgar salad using Wild Garden foods wheat and tomato pilaf and some sauteed shrimp as the cherry on top! Now, this is one meal that looks like it took hours to make but promise it can be done in under 30 minutes. Bon Appetit! Servings: 2…

  • cinnamon apple cake
    Dessert

    Cinnamon Apple Cake

    ‘Tis the season folks! All things pumpkin and apple! I happen to be more of an apple fan when it comes to baked treats. Who is with me? I love a good apple crisp, tart, and even cake. This cinnamon apple cake was developed yesterday on a whim; I was not sure how it would come out but here I am writing the recipe so it was definitely a success! I will be making this all of Fall; I promise you that! Servings: either 6 or 8-inch baking pan or muffin tin (I recommend a springform pan) Approx.: 50 min Dry Ingredients 2 cups of all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking…

  • chicken shawarma tacos
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Chicken Shawarma Tacos

    One of my fondest memories traveling to Jordan was eating shawarma with my cousins at 1 am while watching a movie. It was our thing. In Jordan, restaurants and shops would literally stay open into the night for people to enjoy. I love the nightlife over there; never a dull moment. The shawarma was unlike no other. Anyone who has tried it will tell you that but here in the states, we do our best to make shawarma as close as possible to what we know. Today, I made some chicken shawarma tacos using Wild Garden’s Marinade. I know, tacos are not traditional at all but this meal super delicious…

  • middle eastern baked kufta
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Ramadan

    Middle Eastern Baked Kufta

    My blog’s two year anniversary was just the other day. Where does the time go? It makes me so happy to share a part of me with all of you. This recipe is influenced by my mama but has my special touches! You can say that Kufta is a staple in Middle Eastern households. It is made at least a few times a month in different forms. Sometimes grilled, sometimes baked with veggies or even in a tahini sauce. This recipe is really easy to put together and makes for a delicious meal with rice and salad. I promise this will be a recipe on rotation in your household! Servings:…

  • fruit cocktail
    Dessert,  Snacks

    Fruit Cocktail with Ashta

    This summer my parents went overseas to Palestine and Jordan to visit our extended family. On one occasion, my parents were downtown enjoying a fruit cocktail. This is a treat that I almost always purchased when I would go out to the city at a cafe. I know you may think cocktail and automatically figure it is some sort of a drink but no, it is just like a fruit parfait. Think of all fresh seasonal fruits layered with creamy Ashta infused with orange blossom water then topped with nutty pistachios and a drizzle of honey or syrup. My summer nights overseas consisted of these. Last night, we had friends…

  • Loaded Greek Fries
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Loaded Greek Fries

    Is anyone else obsessed with fries? I’m that person who almost always orders fries with a meal when eating out. I know, so bad but so good. Not to worry guys, I stopped eating fried fries and now just eat either roasted potatoes or oven-baked crispy fries to satisfy that craving and feel less guilty. This recipe right here is my favorite version to eat fries. It has all the things that I love. Who can say no to garlic, feta, oregano, and lemon? They work so beautifully together. I first had Greek fries at a local cafe in NJ; one that I would frequent often with my friends. They…

  • seafood pasta
    Dairy Free,  Dinner,  Gluten Free

    Seafood Pasta

    Hey friends! Are any of you a seafood lover? If so, I got the recipe for you! If not, then this recipe just may change your mind. It is definitely worth trying especially since it takes less than 20 minutes to make! This pasta dish is super light and flavorful. The combination of scallops and shrimp work beautifully with the lemon garlic sauce. I promise once you have a bite of this; you will keep going back for me. I cannot wait for you to try for yourself! Servings: approx. 2-4 people Total Time: Approx. 15-20 minutes Ingredients 10 pieces of jumbo scallops 20 pieces of shrimp deveined with no…