Recipes

Lebanese Potato Stew (Yakhnet Batata)

Arabs are not shy about placing more than one carb on a plate. This dish actually features 3 distinct carbs: the potatoes, the rice, and the vermicelli in the rice.

Lebanese Chicken Broth

This recipe is the foundation for many of my mom’s chicken based Lebanese dishes, and a few non-Leb dishes, but that’s a rant for another time.

Lebanese Potato Salad

Much like everything Lebanese people do, this potato salad is next level. It is a punch of flavor; the potatoes are just there for the ride.  Bring this to your next BBQ and punch everyone’s taste buds, hard!

Creamy Carrot Soup

When life gives you carrots no one wants to eat, make carrot soup. This is a one-pot meal, quick, and healthy.

Birthday Cake Popcorn

    Everything about birthday cake popcorn is a win. The birthday part, the cake part, and the popcorn part. The kernels are so festive and joyful, great for a party or a little indulgence for one. The What:  7 cups popped popcorn 3/4 cup white chocolate...

Creamy Canned Corn Soup (It’s Vegan… Shhh!)

This recipe has a surprising depth of flavor considering its minimal ingredient list and quick cooking time. It happens to be a vegan recipe, but it is so delicious and creamy you won’t even know it. 

Thyme For Potato Soup

This soup is a warm hug on a cold day. It’s velvety creaminess combined with its chunky hardiness is the perfect meal.

Maple Kale Crunch Salad

This salad will covert the most ardent kale-hater into a passionate kale-addict. It stays crunchy for days, it’s sweet, salty and nutty.

The Best Butter Chicken Ever! (Makhan Murg)

  Butter chicken is my go-to order in most Indian restaurants. I can't resist this dish's intense flavor and velvety texture. The list of ingredients may seem long (most are repeats) but it is, surprisingly, a one-pot meal that takes less than 1 hour to make....

Kiwi Cilantro Salsa

Serve with tortilla chips, sit back, and take in all the love and admiration from your friends and family.

Garlicky Tomato Sauce- 10 Cloves In Every Batch

To get the garlickiest of flavors, I unapologetically use ten cloves of garlic in this recipe. Maybe this is not the best dish for a first date. Or maybe its the perfect dish; garlic is an aphrodisiac.

Funfetti Sugar Cookies

So the term ‘Funfetti’ might be trademarked. If so, these cookie are birthday cake cookies, or just sprinkle cookies. Whatever you call them they are simple, delicious, and ever so festive. 

Lebanese Pink Pickled Turnips

Pickled turnips are ubiquitous in Lebanese food, and surprisingly simple to make at home. They only pickle for 3 days, but last for months.

Sticky Maple Bacon Bahn Mi

In the mood for a pork belly bahn mi but don’t have the time to boil, roast, and then grill pork belly? This bacon bahn mi is the solution.

Lebanese Rice Pudding

Different countries have their own twist on rice pudding. The Lebanese version of this dessert in unapologetically sweet and addictively creamy.

Chewy Sesame Balls

  This recipe is quick, easy, and healthy. I used nigella seeds, but a great substitution would be black sesame seeds or any other tiny seed. Ingredients: 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon nigella seeds   How to: Place the sesame...

Breakfast Bahn Mi

A Bahn mi is an action-packed Vietnamese sandwich  filled with grilled meats, pickled vegetables, sauces, and fresh herbs.

Charred Corn Pico De Gallo

This is a great summer recipe. It’s fresh taste is very versatile. It goes great with some tortilla chips as a dip, on some grilled fish as a sauce, or in chicken tacos as a salsa. 

Korean Potato Pancakes (Gamjajeon)

  This recipe is the equivalent of Korean latkes. The only main difference is the texture of the potatoes. In traditional ladkes, you would grate the potatoes on the side of the grater with the biggest holes and then squeeze out any excess liquid. For this recipe...

Crunch Crunch Bulgur Salad

This salad has a lot of ingredients but its deliciousness is not dependent on all the ingredients being included.

Chewy Coconut Pineapple Cake

  This cake is not a traditional fluffy poundcake.The inside is chewy,  sticky, and completely addictive. I was attempting to make a run-of-the-mill dry pound cake and cover it with frosting but ended up substituting a few ingredients and inventing this. It was...

Cinnamon Chicken Rice Soup

This is one of my mom's go-to recipes when she needs a quick soup. I have been eating this dish for years and only after I asked for the recipe did I realize how much cinnamon was in it. It is probably not what you are imagining. It is not a cinnamon roll soup, but...

Pesto Parmesan Burger

Much like Italians themselves, this burger is packed with flavor, style, and Italianiness. This recipe makes two burgers, double or triple as needed. 1/2 pound ground beef1 teaspoon pesto 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheesepinch of salt, and pepper To serve: 2 buns 2...

Curry Egg Salad Sandwich

It is surprising how well the flavors of curry and eggs go together. This recipe is a great variation on the typical egg salad sandwich.

Maangchi’s No-Bake Chestnut Cookies (Yul-lan)

These Korean chestnut cookies are delicious, healthy, adorable, and you don't even have to bake them. You can find the original recipe by clicking here. Maangchi is my favorite food blogger that inspires me to cook Korean food fearlessly. I deviated a little from the...

Pesto Panzanella

    This is an Italian bread based salad; literally every carb addict's dream. Panzanella  is even better when it is made with stale bread. I added a few tablespoons of pesto because I had some already prepared but you can simply add fresh basil instead. 1 cup...

The Big Greek Slider (Lamb Burger)

The Big Greek Slider sounds like an ouzo-laced cocktail that will have you braking plates on the dance floor by the end of the night. But it’s actually a burger heavily dressed with greek ingredients. It is so good it might also have you barking plates on your kitchen floor.

Warm & Zesty Olives

Make sure you have a lot of good bread at home when you make this recipe. You are going to want to do a lot of dipping, dunking, and sopping up.

Black Olive Tapenade

This black olive tapenade is fast to prepare and keeps for days in the fridge. Actually, much like a good wine, it gets better with age.

Puttanesca Penne Pasta Salad

    According to the interweb, the dish 'Spaghetti alla puttanesca' is an Italian dish invented in Naples in the mid-20th century that translates into "spaghetti in the style of a whore." There are multiple myths surrounding the dish's name. Some say prostitutes would...

Marinated Beetroot Strawberry Salad

This is the quintessential tacky pairing of beetroots and goat cheese that every non-vegetarian makes for vegetarians. But this recipe is actually delicious.

Green Gazpacho

This retro-green soup is the color of a 70’s carpet, but has the flavor of a summer garden in bloom.

Strawberry Puff Pastry Tart – Only 5 ingredients

These strawberry tarts are quick, easy and oh so satisfying. This is more of a concept than a recipe, so I didn’t add any measurements. You can make tiny tarts, family size tarts, Guinness-book style tarts; your call.

50 Shades Of Green – The Salad

  Who says a salad has to have an array of different colors to be delicious? A dish that only highlights one color is not only sexy, it's confident.  "I'm bright, I'm green, and you're going to love me" is what this salad would say if it could talk (sassy but...

Basil Almond Pesto

This is not your traditional basil pesto. It is made with almonds instead of pine nuts, it has no parmesan cheese, and I add a bit of vegetable oil to lighten it up. Italian food purists look away.