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Beef Shawarma

I really cannot stress this enough…this shawarma is goooood. Like really good! I have a lot of picky eaters in my family and they were all impressed! Ingredients:  2 1/2 lbs boneless ribeye steak (or whatever cut you prefer) 2 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp allspice 1 tsp paprika… Read More Beef Shawarma

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Shakshuka

I have such fond memories of eating Shakshuka with my late grandfather during my summers in Palestine. He used request that the shakshuka was made extra spicy. I found it pretty silly of him to make such a request, especially because it didn’t take long before his face would turn bright red from the heat and… Read More Shakshuka

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Rosemary Sea Salt Bread

Ingredients 2 cups bread flour (I used the King Arthur Flour) 1 1/4 cups warm water 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast 2 teaspoons sugar 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (You’re going to be adding olive oil to the recipe a few times so it’s easiest to divide it up into tablespoons) 1 tablespoons sea salt + 1/2 teaspoon… Read More Rosemary Sea Salt Bread

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Maa’moul Cookies

Whether it be Eid or Easter, Arabs all over the world welcome the holidays with these delightful date-stuffed semolina cookies known as Maa’moul or Ka’ak Bl Ajweh. In my family, it isn’t Eid without us dedicating a day to baking these cookies together. We surround the kitchen table and each one of us has a… Read More Maa’moul Cookies

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Harira Soup

Ever since I can remember, my family has often enjoyed dinner at a local Sacramento restaurant, Casablanca.  Alongside of a series of delicious dishes, we would order Harira – a traditional, hearty Moroccan soup with a nice kick of flavor.   I never had had the chance to ask the owner of Casablanca, Abdel Moghith, for his… Read More Harira Soup

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Sfeeha – Meat Pies

Sfeeha has always been one of those savory treats that I regularly craved. I still remember coming home from school to the smell of fresh baked sfeeha. My siblings and I  would run over to the kitchen and it would be a matter of minutes before half of the sfeeha was devoured. As as soon as… Read More Sfeeha – Meat Pies

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Bulgur Wheat Salad

This is my favorite, go-to salad for meal prep, dinner parties, a quick lunch and so much more! Some call it a Turkish Bulgur Salad, others make and call this the Vegetarian Kibbeh Niyye…it’s all so wonderful! This Bulgur salad looks like the more colorful cousin of Tabbouleh.    Ingredients:  1:1 Ratio fine bulgur to… Read More Bulgur Wheat Salad

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Za’atar Twists

Fresh Za’atar Twists. 🌿 Yesterday morning, my mother picked fresh oregano from our garden to be baked into I’raas Za’atar. But instead of going for the traditional look and using our usual dough recipe, I wanted to twist things up a bit (pun intended) 😉 These are the best breakfast treat and pair perfectly with… Read More Za’atar Twists