• shepherd's salad
    Gluten Free,  Salads,  Side Dishes

    Shepherd’s Salad

    Hi, my friends! I am so excited to share with you this super simple salad recipe as it is one of my favorites. I first knew about Shepherd’s salad a few years ago while I was eating at one of my favorite Turkish spots in NJ, not far from where I grew up. I was sold when I realized the salad had feta which is one of my go-to cheeses. Don’t get me wrong, this salad would still be delicious without the feta so if you are vegan or dairy intolerant; just omit it. Recently, I visited my family in NJ over winter break. It is now our tradition to…

  • dough
    Snacks

    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…

  • 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…

  • mujadara
    Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Vegan

    Mujadara (A Middle Eastern Rice & Lentil dish topped with caramelized onions)

    Mujadara is a Middle Eastern staple made often during the cooler seasons as a comforting dinner. This cumin flavored rice and lentil meal is a hearty vegan dish as it is topped with a bountiful of crispy caramelized onions and often served with refreshing salads such as fattoush. My mom always paired it with a fresh tomato salsa along with cucumber yogurt salad which I share both recipes for below. Clearly, this isn’t a fancy meal but that is what makes it a comforting dish. Honestly, the onions are what make mujadara, and of course the choice of rice and lentils. Since this meal is primarily comprised of 3 simple…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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;…

  • Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese
    Dinner,  Side Dishes

    Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese

    All you need is 8 ingredients and a few minutes of your time to make this easy homemade Mac and cheese. When I think of comfort food; this is the dish that comes to mind. Nothing beats creamy cheesy goodness with perfectly cooked pasta. It is one meal that will always bring you joy. It makes for a crowd-pleasing side dish at any potluck especially next to turkey on a Thanksgiving table. Both kids and adults alike love this mac and cheese! I have had my share of Mac and cheese and this recipe is at the top. You get creamy, cheesy, and crunch all in one bite. What more…