Balah El Sham: First Lesson of Coexsistence

Balah El Sham that translates into “Dates of Damascus” is the Middle Eastern version of the Spanish Churro.  It is fried fluted fingers drenched in fragrant simple syrup.  One of several evocative delicacies, Balah El Sham is particularly prepared during the month of Ramadan, which is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting.

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Onion-Beef Braise “Kabab Hala”

Onion-beef braise is a celebratory dish, yet it is a simple one that just needs few ingredients.  Made of inexpensive meat cut “chuck roast”, this dish is an economic crowd pleaser.

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Kunafe Fruit Tart “Hosting with Grace”

This recipe is inspired by my grandma’s signature recipe of “Kunafe”. According to several generations of my family, my grandma was the ultimate gracious hostess.  She always went out of her way to please her guests either the remote acquaintances or her close relatives.  Neither the advanced age, nor her weakening eyesight affected the frequency […]

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