Jello-Savoiardi Cake: Happy Valentine

Jello-Savoiardi cake is semi-homemade, make ahead, no stress, no-bake cake, yet impressive, photogenic, juicy, decadent, and rich in flavors and textures. It is an excellent festive cake for many occasions including potlucks. It takes minutes to assemble this vibrant cake, yet it will be the town’s talk for much longer.

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Egyptian Termes: Lupini Beans Snack: ترمس

Pickled Lupini Beans, Terms, “ترمس”, is one of the most common, affordable, healthy, and delicious snacks in Egypt. They are served seasoned with lemon, salt,  and sometimes cumin and dry pepper flakes. 

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Ka’ab El Ghazal: Egyptian Date Filled Cookies: كعب الغزال

“Ka’ab Alghazal” is an Egyptian Date filled cookie that is also known as “Menin”. It is omnipresent in Egyptian bakeries and is considered a staple cookie to serve with cardamom coffee or mint tea. It has a flaky shell that encases a velvety date filling, spiked with warm spices such as fennel and anise. A true delight to indulge on and to share with others. Roll your sleeves, these cookies are worth baking and trying.

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Macarona Béchamel/Forn: The dish that bridges three cultures

Macarona Béchamel (aka Macarona Forn) is an Egyptian pasta bake, and a one pot meal that has three layers: penne pasta, spices-spiked, luscious red meat sauce, and a silky, smooth white sauce on top. The dish is an iconic crowd pleaser in Egypt. It is nutritious, make ahead, freezer friendly, and excellent potluck dish that garners compliments like no other.

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Mary’s Dukkah: The Egyptian Quintessential Spice Blend

Egyptian Dukka (also spelled as dukkah or Duqqah) is a quintessential Egyptian pantry ingredient. Historically, Dukka in Egyptian culture has been associated with humbleness, and austerity as it cost almost nothing to make it, in addition to its long lasting shelf life.   Dukka is typically a mix of  spices, toasted affordable nuts, and seeds, ground […]

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Beef Bone Broth : Countdown to Coptic Christmas

Beef Bone Broth is a quintessential ingredient in my Egyptian festive dishes. I make it using quality beef bones, aromatic herbs, vegetables, and spices. This bone broth is known for its rich collagen and its impact on slowing aging and boosting the immune system. I use this broth as a liquid agent to cook my rolled grape leaves, jeweled rice, meat soups, stews, just to name a few.

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Lusine’s Eggplant Dip: The Power of a Refugee Woman

Eggplant pomegranate dip is a vegan mezzah/appetizer dish that is so simple to make but it will be the star of your mezzeh tray. The pungency of eggplant mixed with onions and mashed garlic is tamed by a drizzle of pomegranate molasses, creating a wonderful balance between the sweet, salty, and tart.

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