Raw Date and Peanut Butter Bars

These bars are decadent, chocolatey, naturally sweet, and simply scrumptious. Plus, they are guilt-free, require only 4 ingredients, and a few minutes to make. Need I say more? Actually, I should mention that they are so good that you will become addicted after the first bite, so if you lack self control, make sure that…

Creamy Cucumber and Herb Soup

If you have never tasted cooked cucumber before, this soup may seem a bit odd. But it works beautifully and provides for a silky, smooth, and revitalizing bowl of calm. After being cooked, the taste of cucumber itself is perceived only distantly. You do, however, get the instantly refreshing feel of fresh cucumbers and mint. And it’s…

Kunafa Nabulsi

Kunafa. I could talk about this decadent dessert for days. If you haven’t had it yet, it’s a wet, gooey, hot, and rich pastry made with shredded fillo dough and baked with a stretchy sweet cheese stuffing, and as with most Levantine desserts, it’s topped with a generous drizzle of orange blossom syrup. Palestinians defend…

Roasted Chicken with Pomegranate and Sumac

Happiness is… Chicken roasted in a flavor bursting, tangy, and sweet pomegranate juice reduction with sumac, caramelized onions, and herbs. This dish is close to my heart in so many ways, and full of the flavors of love, sharing, and ultimately, home. I have incorporated various of my favorite traditional Levantine flavors with a modern, tangy, and…

Date and Banana Breakfast Muffins

What do you do with a bunch of over ripened bananas? There are actually various options. Any sweet or bread that you choose to make with bananas is much better off with the flavor, sweetness, and intensity that very ripe bananas provide. I used mine to make a heartwarming batch of date, banana, and wheat…