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Ma’amoul Cookies

Ma’amoul Cookies

When I think of home and my childhood, the scent of rose and orange blossom water linger in my mind. Those are the most distinct flavors and smells of most Middle Eastern desserts.  I can remember watching my mom in the kitchen before all holidays […]

Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad

  I love salad, I truly do but when you pair salad with bread, it’s a combination that can’t be beat! We grew up eating this delicious salad, Fattoush. Spiced with sumac spice, crunchy bread and crunchy fresh vegetables it’s almost a meal on it’s […]

Orange Cranberry Scones

Orange Cranberry Scones

  Oh Thanksgiving, the time of year where we go completely INSANE for one day of binge eating. Us Americans really do it right! But in all seriousness, it’s basically the Superbowl for foodies, am I right? Days and weeks of preparation for the perfect […]

Lebanese Cauliflower Bites ~ Arnabeet

Lebanese Cauliflower Bites ~ Arnabeet

  There are days I can’t remember where I put my keys or what I ate for breakfast. Is it the 3 kids that made me lose my memory or just getting older? I’m not sure but I do know that there are some memories […]

Loobieh bi Zeit (Green Beans with Oil)

Loobieh bi Zeit (Green Beans with Oil)

Thank you Carapelli Olive Oil for sponsoring this post. For more information and a store locator, please visit CarapelliUSA.com and be sure to check out Carapelli’s social channels: Facebook and Instagram. Simple Times If I close my eyes and visualize my childhood it always, always […]

Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving

The Story of Thanksgiving 16 years ago I took a leap of faith and changed my life. I uprooted my entire life, family and friends to move across the United States. It was one of the bravest and scariest things I have ever done. With […]

Date Rice Krispie Treats

Date Rice Krispie Treats

Date Rice Krispie Treats I know exactly what you’re thinking, why on Earth did you think it was a good idea to change a classic Rice Krispie treat? To be perfectly honest, I love rice krispie treats as much as my kids: sweet, gooey and […]

Instant Pot Chicken Shawarma

Instant Pot Chicken Shawarma

One of my fondest memories as a kid was my first trip to Lebanon. So many new people, places and things to see and do. I was about 12 years old and I remember my mom being terrified that after all the years of speaking […]

Lebanese Sfouf Cake

Lebanese Sfouf Cake

There is something about the smell of Lebanese desserts that just whisk me away to my childhood. Rose water, orange blossom water, anise, mahlab, those are the most intoxicating smells. So much so, that the second my son walked in the door from school today, […]

Mediterranean Rice Salad

Mediterranean Rice Salad

One of my all-time favorite salads is fattoush. Fattoush is a Lebanese salad that is loaded with veggies, boasts a lemony flavor and the pièce de résistance, toasted pita bread! The problem with fattoush is shortly after the salad is made, the bread gets soggy and […]