Kabab Hala bel Batates: Egyptian Meat Stew & Potatoes

Kabab Hala is an iconic Egyptian meat stew that is associated with feasts and social gatherings. It is a slowly cooked chuck roast that is drenched in dark velvety sauce infused by collapsed caramelized onions and an assortment of warm spices. Kabab Hala makes an easy to make crockpot or slow cooker meal.

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Gayane and Edward’s Basturma: A Story of Resilience

Basturma is an authentic Armenian delicacy and appetizer. It is a highly seasoned cured beef that delivers an arsenal of robust flavors. It is delicious if served alone, yet becomes an excellent flavor asset if mixed with eggs or bland veggies.

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Stewed Fava Beans “Foul Medames”: The Unconditional Love

Foul Medames or Stew of Fava bean is a Middle Eastern breakfast, brunch and sometimes dinner. It is an unmistakable street food staple in Egypt. Fava beans is, by far, the white canvas of legumes dishes.  A very forgiving and inclusive dish, it proves to be.  It could be spiced up or down, cooked with either butter or oil, with or without tomato sauce, mixed with eggs or served vegan.

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Fattah: The Coptic Feast

Fattah is an Egyptian traditional dish served in both Muslim and Christian feasts. It is a meat-rice- bread dish that dates back to ancient Egyptian times.  The dish was featured on the pillars of Pharaohs temples.  That said, it has slightly been altered and refined over 7000 years.  Each Egyptian family has its own secret ingredient for this festive dish. The recipe below is my family’s signature one with some of my minor healthful interventions.

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What to Serve at the Holidays Cocktail Party

When I glanced at our holiday party guest list, our guests’ last names put a big smile on my face.  The list screamed diversity! God bless the country that brought us together from the four corners of the globe to pursue our dreams, build careers, embrace U.S. values, relish freedom, and contribute our unique ethnic […]

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