• autumn pearl couscous salad
    Appetizers,  Salads,  Side Dishes,  Vegetarian

    Autumn Pearl Couscous Salad

    I have a thing for pearl couscous; I am honestly kind of obsessed with its taste, texture, and overall beauty. Truly looks like pearls that you can eat! This autumn pearl couscous salad is inspired by all these wonderful fall vibes Chicago is currently having. I included flavors reminiscent of Fall in this recipe too like butternut squash, dried cranberries, and pecans. This Autumn pearl couscous salad is the perfect side dish this time of year with almost anything. I am serving it with salmon tonight but it can go fantastic with steak, chicken, shrimp, or even on its own! I know how much you love my easy salad recipes…

  • Easy Bruschetta
    Appetizers,  Vegetarian

    Classic Bruschetta

    First, let me say this classic bruschetta has now become my new favorite appetizer of all time. Maybe it is the seasonal fresh tomatoes from my garden paired with good quality olive oil on crispy bread that won me over. Or perhaps the whole combination dipped into a creamy burrata cheese that is just so heavenly. Whatever it is; I can’t get enough of it. This recipe I can eat every day and I am tempted to with all these fresh tomatoes growing in my backyard. Honestly, my Roma and cherry tomatoes are what inspired me to create this lovely classic bruschetta. Only a few simple ingredients and you can…

  • Za'atar knots
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Vegan

    Za’atar Knots

    Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your summer. Today, I have wanted to share with you the recipe for this yummy treat for over a year now. And I must say that they are always a crowd-pleaser! Not only are these Za’atar knots visually appealing but the taste is just as good with only 3 ingredients being used! Wow, right? Za’atar has been truly a game-changer to anything it touches. In my youtube video below, I demonstrate how to make two different designs using the same method for these knots. This skillset can be utilized using dough in many ways and will surely elevate the…

  • arayes
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner

    Arayes

    I am so excited to share this delicious and simple Middle Eastern recipe with you. It’s one of those 30 min meals that will make the whole household satisfied! Imagine crispy toasted pita stuffed with well seasoned tender ground meat. It is so delicious and easy. Pop them in the oven or grill them; either way, these arayes will be mouth-watering. Traditionally, ground beef or ground lamb is used as the meat in the stuffing. You can even mix both if you would like. You can use fresh or leftover pita for this too. I personally, love to stuff my arayes to medium thickness but you can over or under…

  • potato samosas
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Vegan

    Potato Samosas

    Lately, one of my favorite cuisines to enjoy is Indian. We have a local Indian restaurant that we order takeout from at least once a week and one of my go-to menu items is always their potato samosas. The soft well-seasoned filling with that crunchy exterior is such a delicious combination. With Ramadan around the corner, potato samosas make for a fantastic make-ahead appetizer since they are freezer friendly; the only thing needed is to cook it the day of. These can be air fried, deep-fried, or even baked to crisp perfection. I actually was not only inspired to make these because I love Indian food and they make for…

  • Sfeeha
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Sfeeha (Middle Eastern meat Pies)

    Good morning lovely friends! Today, I present to you Sfeeha. These Middle Eastern Meat pies are to die for any time of the day. My husband is a big fan of making dough. He is an even bigger fan of eating red meat. So, you can say that this is right up his alley. I have been meaning to make meat pies for a while now; I haven’t made these in 2 years! Yesterday, the weather was gloomy and snowing in Chicago and made for the perfect day to stay in and bake with my husband. I added the easy dough recipe below which is delicious for pizza nights too!…

  • pizza dough
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner

    Easy Dough Recipe

    Hi, my beautiful friends! Happy New Year! I wanted to start this decade with this fabulous easy dough recipe that I adapted from my mother who is my inspiration in the kitchen. This recipe only takes a few ingredients and some patience for an incredibly fluffy dough that can be topped or stuffed with whatever your heart desires. This recipe can be vegan if the dry milk powder is omitted. I have not tested gluten-free flour using this recipe but I can imagine Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 baking flour may work as a substitute for the all-purpose flour or even almond flour. Let me know if you try! My mom…

  • oven-baked sweet potato fries
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    Potatoes have got to be one of my favorite vegetables. I like all kinds of potatoes too; anything from red to Idaho to russet to these oven-baked sweet potato fries. Actually, there came a point where anytime my husband and I would eat out; I had to order some sort of potato dish whether fries, roasted potatoes, or hash. These oven-baked sweet potato fries that I top with a tangy yogurt sauce are everything. They are divine my friends; truly very delicious. My husband and I always fight for the last one! They make for the perfect easy side on any dinner table and everyone will enjoy them. For Thanksgiving,…

  • 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…

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