Appetizers & Starters

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Mushroom Crostini

These Mushroom Crostini with parsley and garlic are a great start to any dinner and they're absolutely bursting with flavor! Ingredients 1 Baguette cut into equal slices (around 2 cm each) 1 small onion finely diced 1 TBSP…
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Homemade Dynamite Shrimp

My favorite Chinese bistro has the best Dynamite Shrimp you’ve ever had! The kind you wish you take home with you even after you’ve had a full meal, dessert, and then some. So while at the mall the other day, I was in a rush so I…
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Mozzarella Cheese Rolls

You can't go wrong with these Mozzarella Cheese Rolls with marinara sauce! Serve hot, they'll be gone in a matter of seconds. Cheese Rolls Ingredients Spring Roll Sheets Mozzarella String Cheese Marinara Sauce Ingredients…
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Sfeeha

Sfeeha or Sfiha depending on how you like to spell it is a very popular side dish in the LEVANT region. A pie-like dish served with various filling but traditionally meat. Now everyone is biased to their moms food for sure, but I can safely…
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Veggie Vietnamese Rolls

Fresh Summer Veggie Rolls are perfect for the Spring, Summer, and anytime you want to enjoy the fresh deliciousness of veggies. Ingredients Rice paper 1 Cucumber Cut in half and lengthwise into smaller cuts 1 Carrot Cut in…
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Vegetable Spring Rolls

I like my Spring Rolls to be minimal and full of flavor, so no noodles or poultry, just a few veggies packaged with nutrients and flavor. Ingredients 3 TBSP Sesame Oil 6 cups shredded cabbage 3 Cup peeled carrot, coarsely grated …
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Kubbeh Tarts

A twist on a classic Kubbeh, half baked, half fried! Those bite-size tarts take some effort to make but are worth every single bite ... Crust Ingredients 500 Grams of Veil Meat 1 KG of Fine White Bulgur 1 Onion Peeled and cut…
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Babaghanosh aka Mutabal Betenjan

Smoked aubergine & tahini dip which is great for dipping your veggies into, or have the Middle Eastern way, and enjoy with fried Pita bread next to your favorite dish.  Ingredients 1 large eggplant 1 garlic clove 2 TBSP tahini …
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Galayet Bandoora قلاية بندورة

Galayet Bandoora is sautéed tomatoes stewed with garlic, olive oil, pepper, and salt. You can enjoy it over a bed of rice, alone, or dip with bread. Ingredients:  3 sliced tomatoes one diced small onion one diced green pepper…

Salads & Soups

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup with Basil

Ingredients 1 ½ KG tomatoes cut in half ¼ Cup olive oil 1 TBSP Salt 1 ½ TSP Black Pepper 2 Cups diced white onions (around 2 medium/large onions) 3 Garlic gloves minced 2 TBSP Butter 1 can Tomatoes with juice …
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Pasta Salad

Perfect for summer cookouts, BBQs and potlucks! Ingredients 500 gram box of Fusilli Pasta 1 Green pepper diced into cubes 1 Large tomatoes diced into cubes 1 Red onion diced into cubes ¼ Cup Corn 2 Carrots diced into…
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Spinach Strawberry Salad

Try this strawberry-spinach salad for a tasty twist on an easy summertime meal, or a side to any summer affair. Ingredients 4 - 5 Cups Fresh Baby Spinach leaves 2 Cups Strawberries (Slices in half or quarts to your preference) …
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Cream of Broccoli Soup 

I am not a broccoli soup person, but my husband is. You can't go wrong with this super creamy texture. Ingredients 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 1 medium onion, diced finely 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 4 cups chicken…
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Cream of Mushroom Soup

hearty and warming soup and so good for a winter day; it has intensely earthy flavors, and is actually as good all year long. Ingredients 2 TBSP Butter 1 Small Onion diced finely 4 Cups Fresh Mushroom cut into slices 2…
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Fattoush

In the Middle East, this chopped salad is eaten at almost every meal,e specially in the summer over a BBQ. Check out my version with an interesting twist. Salad Ingredients 2 cups lettuce cut into bite size pieces 3 medium tomatoes…
Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

A personal favorite during winter, and Ramadan, you can't go wrong with this Lentil Soup Lentil Soup Ingredients 1 TBSP Veg Oil 2 Cup Red Lentils 2 Large Potato diced finely 4 Carrots shredded 2 Large Onion 1 Liter …
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Slow Cooker Potato Soup

The yummiest loaded potato soup that is made right in your slow cooker. Warm up every day this winter with this heart warming soup. Ingredients 1 large onion chopped finely 2 stalks celery chopped 1 large carrot chopped 3-4…
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Cobb Salad

A popular American dish, you could enjoy a cobb salad as a side dish or even a whole bowl as a main dish all to your self. Colorful and flavorful with lots of ingredients, this is how I enjoy mine. Ingredients: 2 Chicken Breasts…

Main Courses

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Beef Stroganoff

Ready in 30 minutes you cannot go wrong with this easy to make Beef Stroganoff! I’m surprised my two year old went for a second serving. Ingredients 500 grams’ baby veal meat cut into thin slices 3 TBSP Middle Eastern Buharat…
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Oven Baked Zaatar Chicken

On a day where I don’t feel like cooking, MAGGI® Mixes come to the rescue. Here is how I made this Zaatar Mix in an oven bag into a quick meal for my family Ingredients 1 package MAGGI® Zaatar Mix 4 chicken breasts (approximately…
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Asian Honey Sesame Beef

It was one of those days where I didn't feel like cooking and wanted to make something in about 20 minutes! No regrets, the flavor was there, and the kitchen was clean. This one pan-Asian Honey Sesame Beef was gone in minutes... Ingredients …
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Bukhari Rice

If you know me at all, you would know the rice isn’t my thing. I can go with no rice for weeks, it wouldn’t bother me; however, this dish has a soft spot in my heart. This Bukhari Rice (known in Arabic as Ruz al Bukhari) is a Saudi Arabian…
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Ouzy Sorrar  

I have to be honest, I’m not a big fan of rice based dishes (can’t you tell by the featured recipes on my blog?) But I do have a soft spot for Ouzy Puffs! I can have them over and over, the flaky texture of the pastry, with the deliciousness…
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Moussaka

Moussaka or Mosaqaa whichever you want to spell it is a traditional Arabic dish, yet it's so diverse that different countries have different methods of putting it together. This recipe is the light vegetarian method, the way my mom does it. Ingredients …
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Creamy Spinach Tortellini

Don't we all love a good tortellini recipe? This one is a favorite of my husband and 18 month old daughter. Ingredients 250 grams cheese tortellini 200 grams light cream cheese 400 grams baby spinach chopped 1 1/2 Cup chicken…
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Spinach Ricotta and Sun Dried Tomato Cannelloni

Last week I shared one of my favorite recipes a mouth-watering Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni. This week I decided to do a spin-off of the ingredients by including some Ricotta and Sun Dried Tomatoes. Ingredients 1 Large Oven Proof…
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Spinach & Cheese Cannelloni in bechamel sauce

I love Pasta! I don't necessarily enjoy rice or bread, but if there is one item that it's always in my pantry, it's pasta. One of my old time favorites is time-consuming yet rewarding. Check out my Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni Recipe. Ingredients …

Dessert

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Strawberry Tart

A beautiful fresh strawberry tart that will have everyone going for seconds. Ingredients  1 Cup cream cheese 1/2 cups confectioners sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup heavy cream 2 cups strawberries 1/2 cups graham…
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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

A rich and dreamy twist on the classic taste of red velvet cake baked in a bite size cookie. Ingredients • 2¼ cups flour • 2 cups sugar • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder • 2 teaspoons baking powder • ¼ teaspoon…
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Pistachio Cheese Cake

Looking for an elegant dessert? Try this Pistachio Cheesecake contributed by Inaam Masri. Ingredients  Crust  1 cup pistachios 1 cup crushed  biscuits 3 tbsp brown sugar 1/3 cup melted butter Filling  2 cups…
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Caramel Chocolate Crackle Tart

This chocolate caramel tart is absolutely amazing. After all, Chocolate and Caramel go hand in hand as a natural pair for desserts. Check out the recipe by Inaam Masri. INGREDIENTS 140g dark chocolate, broken into pieces 40g butter …
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Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee. Inaam's guests always compliment her and tell her that it's the best tiramsiu they'd ever eaten! Here is the recipe: Ingredients: …
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Maltesers Pie

There are so many delicious things you could make with Maltesers in the kitchen, this one is a special one that you must try at least once in your life. Ingredients: Crust  • 16 oz Maltesers , plus extra for decorating • ½ cup…
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Oreo Cake

A moist chocolate cake full of Oreo icing! Check out Inaam's recipe! INGREDIENTS Cake Layers  3 cups aall-purposeflour ½ tsp baking soda 2½ tsp baking powder 1½ cups butter, softened 2 cups sugar 2 tsp vanilla …
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Nutella Cake

This Nutella chocolate cake is so rich and delicious you won't want to share, contributed by Inaam Masri. Chocolate Cake 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 3/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp…
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Lemon Meringue Cups

These Lemon meringue cups will put all of your other summer desserts to shame. For the lemon curd 3 large eggs, plus one yolk 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1″…

Breakfast

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The Perfect Omelet

Thinking making an Omelet is hard? Really it's not, it's all about balancing the heat and when to flip. Here are my 6 steps for a perfect omelet every time. Ingredients 1 Egg Salt/Pepper to Taste Tip: You favorite fillings that…
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Avocado Baked Eggs

Talk about an Omega-3 powered breakfast! It may look like a fancy and hard to make breakfast, but trust me, it's easy to make, incredibly nutritious, and packed with healthy fatty acids and high proteins that your body will appreciate. Ingredients 2…

Slow Cooker

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Slow Cooker Potato Soup

The yummiest loaded potato soup that is made right in your slow cooker. Warm up every day this winter with this heart warming soup. Ingredients 1 large onion chopped finely 2 stalks celery chopped 1 large carrot chopped 3-4…
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Slow Cooker: Honey Garlic Chicken

So, I’ve been dying to get a slow cooker, I mean the convenience is worth it, right? So, after going back and forth and debating whether it will end up sitting in the back of the closet in my kitchen, I decided to finally give it a go, yes…
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Slow Cooker: Mongolian Beef

As the case with last week, I’m experimenting with my new slow cooker, so you can imagine trying to experiment with traditional dishes in a new cooking method. This time, I’ve decided to give a Chinese take-out favorite a spin, and experimented…

Drinks

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Water Melon and Mint Smoothie

Refreshing, hydrating, and the perfect summer treat! You can't go wrong with this thirst quenching Watermelon Smoothie. Ingredients 2 Cups cubed Watermelon deseeded 1 Cup of Water 1 TBSP of Honey Mint Leaves 2 TBSP…
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Jallab

Ramadan is absolutely perfect for a refreshing Jallab drink! So is any summer day soaring with heat. Ingredients 1 Liter Cold Water ½ Cup Date Molasses 4 TBSP Rose Water Crushed Ice 4 TBSP Pine Nuts 4 TBSP Raisins…
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Pink Lemonade

Forget the store bought cans and impress yourself and your guests with this easy recipe at home. Ingredients 1 cup fresh Lemon juice ¾ Cup Sugar (more to taste if you have a very sweet tooth) 4 Cups cold water 1 TBSP Grenadine …
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Home Made Ice Tea

Cool off with these delicious homemade iced tea recipe. Ingredients 8 Cups Ice Cold Water 10 Tea Bags Pitcher Lemon cut into thin slices Mint for garnish Directions Add the water to a pitcher, and add the teabags. …