Dahdah: Jordanian Semolina Dessert with a Walnut-Cinnamon Filling

Dahdah is a Jordanian vibrant dessert that is nor crunchy, nor cakey, it tastes like a large crumbly cookie that collapses once you bite into it. The pungency of the cinnamon note definitely gives it an edge and pairs so well with the walnut.  The addition of turmeric lends the cake its vibrant, happy color

This dessert is put together in no time if you crush the roasted walnuts and clarify your butter in advance. Having said this, store-bought clarified butter will do just fine.

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookies: Giving Ourselves Grace

Peanut Butter-Chocolate cookies is a recipe adapted from the French book: Le Grand Livre Marabout de La Patisserie Facile.  It is a rich buttery cookie that comes plain in the original French recipe. My take on these was to half-dip them or drizzle with bitter dark chocolate to cut through the buttery, rich texture. For some crunch, the cookies are sprinkled with some salted peanuts that stud the warm chocolate before it sets!  You bite into those cookies and they just burst and then melt in your mouth in a blink of an eye. 

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Manti: A Recipe of The Refugees Who Empowered Me

Manti is a landmark of the Western Armenian Cuisine and one of those dishes that evoke waves and waves of memories of my time in Yerevan, Armenia. This authentic cuisine was brought back to life by waves of Syrian refugees of Armenian descent who fled to their motherland in the aftermath of the ravaging civil war in Syria. I was fortunate to cross paths with many of those skilled, brave, and tenacious people. Learn and listen more about this life-transforming experience in this post.

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Marak We Feteer: Southern Egyptian Meat Stew & Flatbread

This recipe is of an ultimate sentimental value.  I know my late father would have been enthralled seeing this recipe on my blog. He was enamored with any dish that originates from where his roots are. God bless his soul. Marak (meat stew) and Feteer (Flat Bread) is an authentic recipe that originated in Southern […]

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Independence Ice Cream Cake: Happy 4th of July America

This showstopper ice cream cake is a winner and a keeper.  It is easy to make, leaves a long-lasting impression, and festive enough to celebrate the 4th of July. My rendition of Independence Ice Cream Cake is a cross between an ice cream bomb and a baked Alaska cake.

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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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Vegan Za’atar Bread (Manakeesh Za’atar): It is detox time

Za’atar Manakeesh is a vegan Levantine stovetop bread topped with a fragrant spice mix consists of oregano, thyme, marjoram, sumac, salt, and pepper. This rendition is made of whole wheat flour and speckled with bran. Za’atar that is known for its anti-oxidant properties makes this bread an excellent detox bread pulled together in no time for breakfast, mezzeh, or snacks.

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Lemon-Yogurt-Blueberry Cake : The Summer Harbinger

Yogurt-Lemon-Blueberry Cake is a summer cake that is pleasantly moist, zesty, fragrant, and studded with juicy blueberry. Its smooth texture and refreshing notes make it a perfect treat for dessert or tea time.

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