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Rosewater Lemonade

Honestly, I didn’t think lemonade could get any better. I don’t think I’ll ever make it without rosewater ever again.  Ingredients:  1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 6 cups of water 2/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon rosewater   Step 1: In a medium saucepan, combine 2/3 sugar and 2 cups of water over medium heat. Once… Read More Rosewater Lemonade

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Simit – Turkish Bagels

Ingredients:  Makes 10 small simit or 6-8 larger simit. 3 1/4 cup all purpose bread flour or unbleached all purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 warm water 3 teaspoons yeast 1/2 teaspoon sugar 3 tablespoons vegetable oil Topping: 1/2 cup pekmez (This is also known as “Grape Molasses” and can be found at your… Read More Simit – Turkish Bagels

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Fresh Tomato Puree/Sauce

Each time I visited my relatives in Palestine, I noticed that they never had tomato sauce in canned form. Instead, I watched as my grandmother and aunts used to cook tomato-based yakhni (stews), pasta sauces, and pizza sauces using homemade jarred tomato sauce. I recently had the urge to learn how to make and can… Read More Fresh Tomato Puree/Sauce

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Fool: Fava Bean Dip

Sunday morning breakfast at my family’s house always includes this dish. It’s my father’s absolute favorite. Overtime I’ve grown to love this totally underrated dip…I think I even love it more than hummus! They layers of flavors that you get in fool are just too special and too satisfying.  Heads up, you’re generally going to see… Read More Fool: Fava Bean Dip

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Eid Cake Pops

Eid Al-Adha is right around the corner! Make it extra sweet with these adorable sheep cake pops. Don’t be intimidated by making cake pops. I have a few tips that my friend Hanadi has shared with me to insure that you don’t fail. The cake pops featured in this post are my 2nd attempt at… Read More Eid Cake Pops

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Nutella Banana Bread

If you love banana bread and you love Nutella, this is the recipe for you.  Ingredients: 3 extra-ripe bananas (the more brown they are the better) 3/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted) 2 eggs (room temperature) 2 cups all purpose flour 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon… Read More Nutella Banana Bread

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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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Seafood Paella

I recently took a trip to Spain and I made it a point to order Paella at almost every restaurant where it was served. It was my goal to truly get a feel for the dish and create my own version once I got home.  What makes Paella wonderful is the fact that it can truly… Read More Seafood Paella