• patlican soslu (eggplant & tomato dip)
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Patlican Soslu (Turkish Eggplant Tomato Dip)

    As many of you may know, I was born and raised in northern New Jersey and moved to Chicago after I got married. One of the things I miss about NJ is this one Turkish restaurant called Toros. They have the most delicious food. One of my favorite appetizers from there is this Turkish Eggplant Tomato dip which I looked upon their menu and is called Patlican Soslu. Honestly, one of the best dips I have ever had! I could never get enough of it. I have been craving it and decided even though I haven’t made much Turkish food; to give it a go based on all the flavors…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • pan-fried halloumi
    Appetizers,  Side Dishes

    Pan-Fried Nabulsi Cheese

    I have a love-hate relationship with cheese. I love it so much that growing up my family would call me Ms. Cheese. I am not even kidding! Unfortunately, I developed an intolerance for dairy in the last few years and can’t enjoy cheese as much as I used to. These however always hit the spot when I do decide to enjoy some dairy. They are lightly crisp on the outside yet super soft and melt in your mouth. How can you not give in? My mom made this all the time for Arabic breakfast and now I make it for my husband who loves it even more than I do!…

  • summer corn salad
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Summer Corn Salad

    The other day I stopped by a local farmers market on my way home and saw these beautiful corn husks. I couldn’t help myself and bought a few without even knowing what I would make with them; I just couldn’t resist their beauty. They stayed in the fridge for a few days before I realized that they would make for a deliciously refreshing salad near a seafood dish. Yesterday, I whipped up some blackened salmon steaks and made this beautiful summer corn salad to accompany it and boy was it amazing. I am going back today to get more corn; let’s just say that! This would also be amazing as…

  • oregano bread
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner,  Snacks

    Palestinian Za’atar Bread

    This za’atar bread is one of my favorite things to eat especially with a cup of warm mint tea and a piece of cheese. It is literally the best breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I was so happy that we had fresh oregano in my dad’s garden when I visited NJ recently. My mom taught me how to make these along with all of you through Instagram and it is my pleasure to share with you the recipe so you can enjoy it as much as we do. Dough Ingredients 5 cups of All purpose flour 1 packet of active dry yeast 2 1/2 tbsp of milk powder 3/4 cup of…

  • Mediterranean omelette
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Mediterranean omelette

    I made this dish the other weekend for Sunday brunch alongside some delicious hummus and it was so delicious. My husband and I have been trying to come up with a new tradition of cooking together on Sunday morning’s and this is one of the dishes that was whipped up. This dish is also awesome for those trying to cut carbs but need something filling and nutritious! Servings: 2 large omelettes Total Time: approx. 20 min Ingredients 10-12 eggs (we did 6 just whites but that is up to you) 1 cup chopped fresh spinach 1 cup diced bell pepper 1 large onion finely chopped Handful of parsley chopped finely…

  • chicken fatteh
    Appetizers

    Chicken Fatteh (Fattet Jaj)

    Hi my friends! How are you? I am finally starting to feel better and I literally spent all day today in the kitchen making delicious food. I haven’t cooked in almost 2 weeks so I was super eager to get back into the kitchen. I had a bunch of leftover chicken. Whenever I have chicken leftover from a meal, I shred it so I can use in salads or soups or even this dish right here! Fattet Jaj (Chicken fatteh) is basically a layered leftover dish of chicken, toasted bread, and yogurt. It is super simple to put together yet tastes like it took a while to make. I highly…

  • lemon chicken rice soup
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Side Dishes

    Lemon Chicken Rice Soup (Avgolemono)

    This past week I was sick battling the flu and sinusitis. You can imagine that I had no appetite but knew I had to eat something to stay hydrated. Guess what I made? This soup! They always say to have chicken soup when you are sick. The lemon and rice make it heartier and perfect for a remedy for that cold. I used lime because it is all I had and no way was I going out sick in that cold for some lemon! Servings: 8-10 cups Total time: approx. 40 min Ingredients 3/4 cup rice of choice 2 lemon’s freshly juiced 2 eggs beaten 2 chicken breasts shredded 3…

  • brazilian cheese bread
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free

    Brazilian Cheese Bread

    I don’t know about you but I am hooked on Chama Gaucha’s Brazilian cheese bread. It is so good! If you haven’t tried it, not to worry I got the recipe for you to make at home. This version is dairy free so I can enjoy it even more without feeling as much guilt after since I do not tolerate dairy well. Typically, this bread is gluten free so it make’s it even easier to modify. I hope you enjoy this recipe! It would go perfect with a steak dinner. Servings: approx. 20 mini ones Total Time: approx. 30 min Ingredients 1 1/2 cups of Tapioca Flour 1/3 cup olive…