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A bowl of colorful Jewel Box Labneh Balls

Jewel Box Labneh Balls

Today we’re making Jewel Box Labneh Balls ~ these little gems are made with homemade yogurt cheese rolled in colorful herbs and spices.  Serve with a fresh sliced baguette, then let everyone have fun choosing their favorites and spreading…

homemade labneh balls in a jar with olive oil, lemon, and thyme

How to Make Labneh (Yogurt Cheese)

How to Make Labneh (Yogurt Cheese) ~ this exciting recipe is a method for making cheese from yogurt!  It’s a Middle Eastern staple and it’s incredibly rich and creamy.  I love to roll it into balls, and store it…

Tso glasses of Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana) ~ a slushy, minty, Middle Eastern version of lemonade that is honestly the most refreshing drink I have ever had in my life.  …

Middle Eastern ‘Nachos’

These Middle Eastern ‘Nachos’ are my take on one of our favorite appetizers, perfect for Game Day snacks or a romantic dinner for two ~ you decide!…

Muhammara (roasted red pepper & walnut dip)

Muhammara (roasted red pepper & walnut dip) ~ Muhammara isn’t quite as well known as its sisters hummus and baba ganoush, but it’s equally amazing and versatile, and If you love Middle Eastern dips, this easy vegan spread has…

Moroccan Lemon and Cardamom Meatballs 3

Moroccan Lemon and Cardamom Meatballs

Moroccan Lemon and Cardamom Meatballs ~ I can’t imagine a more exciting dinner than a plate of these lemony cardamom spiced lamb meatballs nestled in creamy tahini sauce.  I have a feeling this is going to become your new…

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor. Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call it dinner.

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms ~ this is one of our favorite ways to do hummus ~ the sauteed mushrooms give this healthy appetizer a rich, meaty, almost decadent flavor.  Add lots of toasted pita bread and you could call…

Couscous Almondine Salad with a spiced lemon vinaigrette is a complete departure from your everyday pasta salad! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Couscous Almondine Salad

Couscous Almondine Salad is a completely new take on your same old pasta salad ~ this no mayo recipe is perfect for summer barbecues, potlucks, and picnics…it’s an easy side dish that goes with everything!…

Jeweled Tabbouleh Salad

Jeweled Tabbouleh

My Jeweled Tabbouleh Salad is a healthy Mediterranean cracked wheat recipe studded with colorful, gem-like dried fruits and nuts. This festive no mayo whole grain salad is perfect for both holiday tables and working lunches alike.  If your body…

Hummus with Forty Cloves is a guaranteed conversation starter!

Hummus with Forty Cloves

Hummus with Forty Cloves is full-bodied but surprisingly mellow…the secret is a long slow roasting of all that garlic!  This conversation starting appetizer is guaranteed to be the hit of your next party!…

hummus with juicy turkey zucchini meatballs

Hummus with Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs

Hummus with Turkey and Zucchini Meatballs ~ I made a meal out of my favorite creamy hummus appetizer simply by topping it with tender turkey meatballs lightened up with fresh shredded zucchini. It doesn’t get any better than hummus. …

jalapeno goat cheese is fabulous on crackers or pita chips

Jalapeno Goat Cheese

Jalapeno Goat Cheese is a super simple but unusual cheese spread is an easy appetizer that will have you coming back for more…and more!  …

bulgar wheat and parsley make up a wonderful Tabouleh Salad

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a fresh wheat and parsley salad that has been a fixture of Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries.  This delicious classic salad never gets old……

freshly cooked homemade pita bread

How to Make Perfect Pita Bread Every Time

How to Make Perfect Pita Bread Every Time ~ making homemade pita bread is easier than you think, and you’ll never go back to the stuff in bags again, guaranteed!…

Mejadra from Jerusalemn

Mejadra (from Jerusalem)

Mejadra (from Jerusalem) ~ are you ready for some serious comfort food, Middle Eastern style?  Mejadra, (or Mujaddara) is a hearty vegan basmati rice and lentil dish that’s sustained Muslims, Christians, and Jews for centuries.…

Turkey & Zucchini Burgers with Green Onion and Cumin 1

Turkey and Zucchini Burgers with Green Onion and Cumin

Turkey and Zucchini Burgers with Green Onion and Cumin ~ I can’t resist a burger that’s packed with greens, whether it’s green veggies, leafy greens, or fresh herbs, it doesn’t matter, greens mixed in with the meat make burgers…

The Best Falafel EVER! 7

The Best Falafel Recipe

The Best Falafel is crispy on the outside, a brilliant emerald green on the inside, with tons of flavor and a great fluffy texture!  This classic vegan snack is one of my all time favorites!…

Citrus Salad

Citrus Salad with Pomegranate & Pistachio

Citrus Salad with Pomegranate and Pistachio is a wonderful way to celebrate citrus season! I get so excited when I see the citrus fruit start to flood into the stores in December.  I’ve been buying tangerines and clementines, cara…

Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus is guaranteed to get the conversation started at your next cocktail party!  Pumpkin adds a nice complexity to this hummus without screaming at you.  And don’t worry, there’s nothing sweet about it… but it does gets a…

Baba Ganoush, a wonderful Middle Eastern eggplant appetizer

Smokey Baba Ganoush

Smokey Baba Ganoush is a wonderfully rich and creamy Middle Eastern eggplant dip that might just give hummus a run for its money!…

Cardamom and Brandy Poached Figs

Cardamom and Brandy Poached Figs is a simple, luxurious fresh fruit dessert that takes just minutes to put together ~ it’s the perfect light ending to a summer meal!…

Roasted Chicken with Clementines

Roasted Chicken with Clementines is a masterful Yotam Ottolenghi recipe from his seminal cookbook, Jerusalem.  This easy chicken dinner has layer upon layer of flavor punctuated by those gorgeous charred clementines!…

How to Make Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemons is a unique condiment that brightens up lots of Middle Eastern recipes but can be hard to find in stores ~ I’ll show you how to make preserved lemons right at home, it’s easy! In parts of…

Mini Lamb Koftas with Pomegranate Wine Sauce

Mini Lamb Koftas with Pomegranate Wine Sauce ~ a delicious appetizer inspired by one of the Middle East’s favorite meatballs! Koftas are ground and spiced lamb, shaped into balls or ovals, skewered and then grilled.  They are common all…

How to Make Pomegranate Molasses

How to Make Pomegranate Molasses ~ an easy method for making this authentic classic Middle Eastern condiment right in your own kitchen with pomegranate juice!…

Traditional Middle Eastern Laffa Bread

How to Make Laffa Bread

Laffa Bread is a traditional Middle Eastern Bread that is easy to make at home, right on the stove top, and has so much more character than plain old pita bread ~…

Falafel

This easy to make and delicious homemade falafel is served in pita bread and topped with a thick, tangy tahini-yogurt sauce!…