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Make Lavash at Home

Friday February 28, 2014

I was recently in a supermarket in North Carolina and was surprised to see a couple of pieces of lavash for 4.99 -- and that was with the shopping discount card! Lavash is by no means a gourmet or artisan bread; I wondered why it cost so much, especially when it costs so little to make! I asked asked a gal at the bakery counter about it and she said that in their region, it is considered an artisan bread. Very few people eat it or even buy it, so the cost is high. Take it from me, fellow lavash lovers, and make it yourself. It's easy and a lot less expensive than what you will pay at the supermarket.

Lavash Recipe|Pita Bread Recipe|Naan Recipe

Like Halvah? Like Cookies? Try These Halvah Inspired Cookie!

Friday February 28, 2014

When you think of sesame seeds, I bet you never associate them with cookies. Surprisingly, they are perfect in cookies! Think of a peanut butter cookie, but only sesame seeds instead of the peanut butter. Sesame seed cookies are delightfully sweet, but have a nice nutty tone as well. Even kids love these sweet treat and they never make it from the cooling rack to the cookie jar because of the little hands in my house. Sesame Seed Cookie Recipe

Tahini walnut cookies are also a yummy cookie that are super easy to make. The tahini also produces a peanut butter like cookies and the walnuts give it that extra crunch. Delicious!

How to Make Saffron Chicken

Friday February 28, 2014

Saffron chicken is a staple in my family's dinner rotation. The kids love it for its bright color and not too spicy flavor and I love it because it's its tasty, pairs well a variety of side dishes, and its simple to prepare. The thing about my saffron chicken recipe is that its not for those who are seeking a spicy or tangy dish. Not to say that it is bland, it has a soft flavor that is far from boring. This makes it great for those who can't eat spicy or for families with small children. Try it to night and let me know what you think! Saffron Chicken Recipe

More Chicken Recipes:

Heard of Stuffed Peppers? Well, Try These Stuffed Tomatoes!

Friday February 28, 2014

Fresh tomatoes are just around the corner and I have never been more ready! One of the first dishes I make with Spring/Summer tomatoes is stuffed tomatoes. It is a meatless dish and the whole family loves it. Pair it with a salad or some roasted new potatoes and you have a perfect meal that is not only easy to make, but really healthy!

I have to caution you to use firm, not overripe tomatoes, which shrivel to nothing while being cooked in the oven. Learn from my mistakes! Plus, overripe tomatoes are much too sweet!  Stuffed Tomato Recipe

Butternut Squash Hummus

Friday February 28, 2014

Did you know that there are literally dozens of hummus varieties? You are just limited to the basic few flavors that you find in your grocery story! One of my favorite hummus varieties is made with butternut squash. You simply roast the squash for about 30 minutes and 10 minutes later, you have butternut squash -- it's that easy! If you are a squash lover, you will love this butternut squash hummus recipe!

Here are some other squash recipes you may enjoy that you probably will not find in the supermarket:

Rice Pudding with Dates Recipe... Total Comfort Food

Friday February 28, 2014

With fresh dates in season, I like to use them every chance I get.  Needless to say, desserts are plentiful in my household this time of year. This week I've planned on satisfying my sweet tooth with date favorites like coconut dates, and chocolate covered dates.  But I also like to use fresh dates to liven up other desserts that might usually seem a little boring. Rice pudding is one of those desserts for me. I like it, but I love it when I add dates to it. Here is a great recipe for a baked rice pudding with dates. It makes a lot so it's perfect for the upcoming holidays or family get-togethers.

If cooking with dates is new to you, be sure to check out my tips to cooking with dates.

  • Baked Rice Pudding with Dates
  • Dates 101
  • What Beef Should You Use for Kebabs?

    Friday February 28, 2014

    Are you making kebabs soon? Need to know what the best cut of beef to use? Look no further! Like most things, all cuts of beef are created equal. Just ask a guy who just bought two pounds of filet mignon! Best Cuts of Meat for Kebabs

    What is your favorite way to make kebabs? Do you like lamb, fish, shrimp, or even fruit kebabs? Share your kebab ideas in the 'Comments' section below!

    Fried Chicken with Middle Eastern Spices

    Sunday February 23, 2014

    Although it's not good to eat every day, fried chicken is a meal many people cannot resist. I make fried chicken maybe once every month or two when the kids request it or I get that craving. While hitting the drive through may be easy, I know that making it at home can be just as easy and taste even better. I have perfected my own fried chicken recipe that has a Middle Eastern flair. Using traditional Middle Eastern spices, this recipe is a new twist on an old favorite. Middle Eastern Fried Chicken Recipe

    Looking for a great side dish? Try grilled corn on the cob, grilled vegetables, or Turkish style potato salad. What's you favorite side dish to serve with fried chicken?

    Roasted New Potatoes Recipe

    Sunday February 23, 2014

    I love new potatoes. There are dozens of ways to cook with them and even better, they are a foolproof vegetable to cook. One of my favorite ways to cook with new potatoes is to roast them. It's easy, requires very little prep time, and pairs well with just about any meat, although I prefer them with poultry.

    I like to use traditional Middle Eastern spices and herbs to make roasted new potatoes, especially if I am making roasted chicken or lamb. The flavor of the potatoes complements the lamb or chicken very well without overpowering the meal. My recipe for Middle Eastern style new potatoes works very well with either and is very nice with a good white wine. Middle Eastern Roasted New Potatoes Recipe

    How to Make Real Homemade Chocolate Milk

    Sunday February 23, 2014

    Chocolate milk is universal. However, the way chocolate milk is made or bought isn't. In many places, bottled chocolate like Nestle is not available, so people make it the old fashioned way: with cocoa powder and milk. When I was growing up, this is the way we made it. There was no chocolate syrup bottles looming in the 'fridge or bottle of it from the dairy case and man, was it good!

    Take my advice and take the chocolate milk challenge (yes, just like the Pepsi Challenge!) . I bet you will choose the homemade over the store bought any day. How to make your own chocolate milk.

    What's your favorite way to make chocolate milk?

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