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Jalapeño Steak Salad

While I was attending UC Davis, I was SUPER obsessed with a jalapeño steak salad served at a local Italian restaurant.  Once I moved back home, that beloved salad was no longer just a couple minute drive away, and so I had to come up with a replacement.  This is a super-filling salad with a homemade,… Read More Jalapeño Steak Salad

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Harira Soup

Ever since I can remember, my family has often enjoyed dinner at a local Sacramento restaurant, Casablanca.  Alongside of a series of delicious dishes, we would order Harira – a traditional, hearty Moroccan soup with a nice kick of flavor.   I never had had the chance to ask the owner of Casablanca, Abdel Moghith, for his… Read More Harira Soup

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Zucchini Noodle Salad

This is such a beautiful, colorful, and delicious salad – perfect for summertime!  Invest in a vegetable spiralizer. Because although you could totally make this salad without one…it will not be nearly as exciting.  Ingredients:  1 Zucchini Baby Kale 1-2 celery sticks Cherry Tomatoes 1/2 large cucumber or 2 baby cucumbers 1/4-1/2 red onion 1… Read More Zucchini Noodle Salad

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Nescafé Cake

I’m no coffee drinker. But if I must have caffeine, I’ll have it in the form of a cake.  Cake Ingredients:  3 cups all purpose flour 6 teaspoons baking powder (Be sure that the amount of powder you use is level with your spoon. Use your finger to level it. You don’t want a mountain of… Read More Nescafé Cake

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Knafeh

Knafeh. Oh, Knafeh. I love you.  It’s been my favorite dessert since childhood. Knafeh is really as Arab as desserts can get. It brings together shredded phyllo dough and cheese, drizzled in a sweet, light syrup. But in addition to bringing together some amazing ingredients, Knafeh brings together families. No exaggeration. Throw Knafeh on your… Read More Knafeh

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Nescafé Date Shake

It’s Ramadan, so every Muslim household is loaded up with dates. I feel like we’ve all heard of the vanilla date-shake which consists of mostly vanilla ice cream and medjool dates. So I thought it’d be a good idea to switch it up for a healthier, lighter option. This is a good shake for breakfast… Read More Nescafé Date Shake

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Maqloobeh: Fava Beans

Maqloobeh. While each Palestinian family may have subtle differences in their recipe, one thing is always the same: You must flip the Maqloobeh upside-down to enjoy it.  Growing up, Maqloobeh was my mother’s go-to recipe for family gatherings and parties. The pots she would use to cook her Maqloobeh were HUGE. I remember seeing some… Read More Maqloobeh: Fava Beans

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Rosemary Sea Salt Bread

Ingredients 2 cups bread flour (I used the King Arthur Flour) 1 1/4 cups warm water 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast 2 teaspoons sugar 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (You’re going to be adding olive oil to the recipe a few times so it’s easiest to divide it up into tablespoons) 1 tablespoons sea salt + 1/2 teaspoon… Read More Rosemary Sea Salt Bread

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Leg of Lamb

“I hate lamb.” This statement is absolute blasphemy…at least in my very Arab, lamb-devouring household. Thankfully, my mother is a walking book of recipes and has managed to work around my stubborn taste buds. Since childhood has been one of the very few ways that I will eat lamb (and actually enjoy it!).  So I should… Read More Leg of Lamb