Ingredient: unsalted butter

Ma’amoul Cookies

Ma’amoul Cookies

Cookies of my Childhood 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…

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…

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…

Chocolate Tarts

Chocolate Tarts

I see you mama, chasing your toddler through the park.  I see you mama, trying to get through your grocery list and managing the tantrum your child decided to have. I see you mama, driving to and from school, practices and school events with grace. …

Pi(e) Day ~ Apple Pie

Pi(e) Day ~ Apple Pie

Anyway you slice it, pie is good! Especially on Pi Day. What is Pi Day? Pi Day is the annual celebration of the mathematical constant π. Anything constant deserves a celebration! Now, I’m no mathematician but I sure can get down with Pi(e) any day of…

Trio Meatballs in Cream Sauce

Trio Meatballs in Cream Sauce

I don’t know about you but dinner is always the wild card around our house. Breakfast is pretty much the same options; cereal, eggs, avocado toast, bagels, some baked good. Lunches also don’t change too much: sandwiches, leftovers, small bites of cheese, salami & crackers.…

Lebanese BakLAWA

Lebanese BakLAWA

I remember so fondly my parents making all the Lebanese desserts over the holidays. Our holiday cookies looked a little different than our friends’ cookies. Ingredients like semolina, farina, phyllo dough were common. The standard chocolate chip cookie wasn’t the norm at my house. Our…

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Soup season! It’s officially acceptable to have soup anytime. My middle child is more than happy with that, considering she asks for cream of broccoli soup about 3 times a month…even when it’s 80+ degrees outside. I definitely tend to make more broth based soups:…

Lebanese Shortbread Cookies

Lebanese Shortbread Cookies

  Tis’ the season, deck the halls and be merry!!! It’s that time of year again and with the holidays comes time to bake ALL THE COOKIES! Right about now my kitchen is a royal disaster 90% of the day…cooking + baking + chasing the…

Twisted Mashed Potatoes

Twisted Mashed Potatoes

Conferences. Today I spent the morning learning about my three little munchkins. It’s hard to believe I have a 4th grader, a 2nd grader and kindergartner. I really look forward to their yearly conferences, sadly it’s only once a year now but nonetheless, I love…