• mabrousheh
    Dessert

    Mabrousheh

    Last week, I was over my family’s house in New Jersey visiting as I often do this time of year. My mom who is an excellent cook and even better baker introduced me to this delicious Middle Eastern dessert while I was over known as mabrousheh. It gets its name from the dough grated on top to resemble a crumb effect and texture. Now, if you know me, you know that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I still enjoy a sweet bite here and there. Let me tell you something, these jam centered crumb bars were addictive. They were so light and had just the right…

  • peanut butter cookie with pink Himalayan salt
    Dessert

    Peanut Butter Cookies with Pink Himalayan salt

    There is something about a sweet and salty duo that is so satisfying. You literally get the best of both worlds in one bite. This Peanut butter cookie with Shan foods pink Himalayan salt hits the spot. Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Both children and adults rave over this nutritious snack. Peanut butter naturally has sweet and salty components in it making it the perfect foundation for this cookie. Top it off with some white chocolate and pink Himalayan salt and the flavor profile goes to the next level. You will see what I am talking about once you try this super easy 20-minute cookie recipe. There are a few…

  • cranberry orange cookies
    Dessert

    Cranberry Orange Cookies

    I have always loved this time of year. The weather is crisp, people are cheerful, and I have an awesome excuse to bake all the time whether for co-workers, friends, or neighbors. These cranberry orange cookies are a go-to for me; they are sweet but tart and full of citrus flavor. They are so easy to make as well; just a few ingredients and 20 minutes of your time and you will have a delicious batch of cranberry orange cookies. I personally love using fresh ingredients rather than extracts and flavorings. Those always seem to have an after taste. So, instead of orange essence; I use fresh orange juice and…

  • the best snickerdoodle cookie
    Dessert

    The Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

    This is a Holiday cookie classic. The warm flavors of cinnamon just scream fall and comfort. I asked my audience what their favorite cookie was to eat this time of year and these cookies were the number one answer so I knew that I had to share the best snickerdoodle recipe with you all! If you have never heard of this cookie, just imagine a cinnamon sugar cookie that is chewy and buttery! All the things a good cookie should be. They are so simple and quick to make. I promise you that these cookies will be gone in an instant once they come out of the oven! There has…

  • Hareeseh Mahshi Bil tamer (Semolina cake stuffed with dates)
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Hareeseh Mahshi Bil Tamer (Semolina Cake stuffed with dates)

    A traditional Middle Eastern Hareeseh is a semolina cake oftentimes drenched in a simple syrup and topped with almonds. This dessert has multiple names all dependent on the region its made in the Middle East. You may know it as Namoura, or even basbousa. They all refer to this delicious semolina cake. It is an extremely popular sweet treat; you can find it always everywhere and anywhere overseas. Semolina is used predominantly in the Arabic culture especially in desserts. In this baked good, coarse semolina is used as opposed to fine semolina. The two cannot be switched for this recipe. The semolina adds great flavor and texture to this cake;…

  • no bake lotus cake
    Dessert

    No-Bake Lotus Cake

    Hey friends! Happy Monday! I received so much love over this cake after demonstrating how to make it yesterday on my Instagram page. I knew I had to write the recipe right away because many of you are eager to make it, which makes me so happy! If you know me, you know I love making desserts for friends and family especially no-bake desserts. They are easy and oh so delicious! My Nescafe cake was such a big hit with you guys that I wanted to share another dessert very similar but this time with Lotus Cookie Butter which seems to be the craze lately. I understand why. It is…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…