I go through phases when I just don’t feel like cooking. At all. [Read more…]
In the Middle East Mother’s Day is in March. Since my husband is – in some ways – quite a typical guy and tends to forget things like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and dentist appointments, I make note of two Mother’s Day dates every year so that my sweet Syrian mother-in-law isn’t forgotten in March and
Different cultures have different rites of passage. Like getting a driver’s license and graduating high school. Other rituals are religious, such as Confirmation and Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Or tribal, like land diving, tooth sharpening, and facial tattooing.
After snow flurries last week, spring has finally sprung here! What better way to enjoy it than with a beautiful, refreshing salad? This carrot salad is a bit of a surprise and nothing like the average picnic-staple carrot salad you might be more familiar with. It boasts a citrusy Moroccan-spiced dressing, onion for a savory pungency,
Around the holidays, I’ve noticed that in addition to loads of requests for cookie recipes, new appetizer ideas are always high in demand. Parties are frequent, and what better to serve than a spread of appetizers where people can come and go as they munch and chat, eating little bites from their favorite dishes.
Photo (taken by yours truly) of Date-Filled Cookies from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair. I bet your family has a favorite holiday cookie recipe. Maybe it’s Benne Cakes, Speculaas, Vanillekipferl, or Rugelach; no matter what it is, it’s probably very close to your heart. The memories conjured up by baking
Look…they look like fudge inside! If you’re trying to avoid regular (read: sugar-coma-inducing) candy, this recipe will be your saving grace on Halloween night. Halloween at my mom’s house is like a free-for-all when it comes to sugar. She always has an insanely huge amount of candy on hand for giving away to kiddos trick-or-treating.
Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, has just begun; this means that for a whole month Mike and I won’t be eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset. (I will still be posting regularly though — I have quite the backlog to share with you!) The point is to teach you patience, discipline, and
At the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan comes a three-day holiday, called Eid al-Fitr (which means “The Festival of Fast-Breaking”). During this time charity is given to needy families, gifts are given to children, and people get dressed up and visit their family and friends. People greet each other by saying Eid