15 Tips for A Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Dear foodie tribe, Happy Thanksgiving! Either you are spending it alone with immediate/extended family, I hope my two cents could be helpful in handling this big holiday meal. I am sharing in the short video below all the Thanksgiving  lessons I learned the hard way over the last twelve years.

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Brine & Compound Butter: Powerful PREP for a glorious BIRD

The turkey is infamous for being dry and bland, but those who spread the rumors haven’t tried the two most powerful flavors arsenal. Nothing leads to a perfectly tender, and flavorful turkey other than brine and compound butter.  That is a pretty bold statement to make, I know. Yet,  it is a conclusive one, based […]

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Rolled Grape Leaves : A Labor of Love for those Who Well Deserve it

Rolled grape leaves are an Iconic Middle Eastern dish with a wide appeal for ostensible reasons.  The paper-thin briny grape leaves encase a juicy traditional mix of rice and meat, either beef or lamb or only rice. The stuffing is spiked by an assortment of pungent spices such as cardamom, cumin, allspice, and cinnamon.

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The Art of Forging Bonds Through Culinary Diplomacy: Episode #031 of The Storied Recipe Podcast

Recently, Becky Hadid, the talented food photographer/blogger, and seasoned host of  The Storied Recipe Podcast reached out, asking me to share with her audience my journey with food and diplomacy.

It is the story that started in the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria, Egypt, and then in Cairo where I studied political science to lead after the most extraordinary life across five continents.

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Belilah : Egyptian Quintessential Porridge

Belilah is a portmanteau, a made-up word coined from a combination of the French words Blé Au Lait, which means wheat-milk.  Most probably, the inception of authentic Egyptian porridge is traced back to the French colonialism that lasted in Egypt from 1798 to 1801. 

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Culinary diplomacy At Its Best: Thanksgiving Video

It was a huge honor and real pleasure to team up with the U.S. embassy in Singapore to create a video about Thanksgiving tradition.  I am grateful to the hardworking and talented team behind the creation of such an immaculate piece of Culinary Diplomacy. Working on this video was a heartwarming experience where I enjoyed […]

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Semi-Homemade Apple Pie & Bourbon-Salted Caramel

  Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for a large crowd calls for plenty of resourcefulness and serious time-planning skills. As I mentioned in my previous post: Thanksgiving Dinner Made Easy: Lessons Learned the Hard Way,  storebought quintessential ingredients rush to our rescue when we are totally overwhelmed by the number of dishes we have to make […]

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