Irkak – Lentil and Noodle Stew

Irkak ‘addas or ‘rushtayeh’ is a vegan Palestinian and Levantine dish as old as time. It’s a stew made of tender lentils, noodles, plenty of caramelized onion, lots of warm spices, fried garlic, cilantro, lemon, and pomegranate molasses. Wholesome, tangy, and deeply satisfying, it hits all the right spots. The noodles are traditionally homemade, but…

Mahalabia – Levantine Milk Pudding

Dreamy mahalabia, a creamy and aromatic pudding flavored with orange blossom, rose, pistachios, and honey. This was one of my favorite desserts as a child and it always brings back festive memories. Such as many Levantine sweets native to Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey, this custard-like pudding is characterized by the combination of dairy and…

The Ultimate Classic Brownies

This classic brownie recipe is anything but modest. With no rising agents to lighten the load, the result is pure, unadulterated, dense, chocolatey indulgence. And that, in my opinion, is the best way to enjoy a brownie. This recipe makes for a deliciously fudgy brownie with a satisfying crackling surface. It’s also one that I…

Spiced Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

This butternut squash and lentil soup is here to remind you that fall is the best season of all. Golden sunsets, crisp air, and the many shades of golds, yellows, and reds show us the beauty of letting things go. They keep us grounded and help us better appreciate the present and all its splendor….

Roasted Eggplants with Green Chili Sauce and Vegetables

These roasted eggplants with a green chili sauce and summer vegetables were nominated by the James Beard Foundation for their summer contest, and I am so excited to finally share the recipe with you all.  This dish is perfect for bringing some freshness into the last days of summer. Satisfying, vibrant, and loaded with character,…

Date, Chocolate, and Rose Water Truffles

Sublime chocolate and rose water truffles. These are made to be consumed slowly and with no regrets. Sweetened with the deep caramel flavor of dates, they melt in your mouth at once. Here is an instant recipe for instant pleasure. INGREDIENTS/ MAKES 8 TRUFFLES 6 medjoul dates, pitted 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, plus more for…

Zaa’tar and Cheddar Biscuits

The last of the season’s fresh zaa’tar, cheddar, and buttermilk biscuits. Oh, they are pillowy, soft, and infused with comforting flavors. I will say that this recipe is mostly characterized by the flavors of the American South. Growing up in Florida for many years, I developed an appreciation for regional foods such as fried chicken…

Classic Hummus

Good, old-fashioned, classic hummus. Whether it’s for your falafel sandwiches, the dip for your bread, or simply for eating straight from a spoon, it’s bound to make everything better. Any time. Any day. My quest to find the perfect hummus is never-ending. I am always looking for ways to make hummus creamier, richer, smoother, and…

Fig, Apricot, and Spice Cake

This fig, apricot, and spice cake is a treat made to stir up the senses. Each bite offers an entertaining glimpse of the Mediterranean. Fresh figs and apricots, creamy yogurt, toasted walnuts, lemon, cardamom, cinnamon, and bit of love go a long way here. In summary, this is my kitchen in form of a cake….

Muhammara | Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip

Muhammara is easily one of my favorite dips of all time. My first experience eating it was a few years ago during a research expedition to Jordan. A was interviewing a lovely Syrian lady who had just fled from her war-torn country. She stopped in the middle of our conversation and led me into her…