Monthly Archives: July 2011

Ratalloumi


Lately we’ve been in mixed grill mode.  We buy a variety of sausages, seafood, burgers and chicken.  My husband spends most of Saturday afternoon at the grill with the proteins while I focus on the salads.  The only time we … Continue reading

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Iraqi-style “Hamburger Helper” (sorry, babe)


Being a Midwestern girl, I’ve always loved a casserole.  I still have many a tattered and stained recipe card sporting one of my mother’s one dish wonders (designed for the babysitter to make while my folks were out). As a … Continue reading

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Heat Wave Breakfast


For many years the months of June through August were what I called our “Summer of Company”. Our relatives and friends from across the Middle East would escape the scorching heat of home for the relative comfort of our Chicago … Continue reading

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simple comfort


While the Midwest US and much of the Middle East are in the grips of a significant heat wave, here in the Pacific Northwest where we live, we’re having an uncharacteristically cool and rainy Summer. To add insult to injury, … Continue reading

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leaves of green


There used to be a lovely restaurant in St. Louis called The Lettuce Leaf that served eight or ten different specialty salads.  My sister “cooked” there for a while when I was in high school so I thought that by … Continue reading

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Can you cook rice yet?


At our engagement party my husband’s uncle told me that the thing you say to congratulate the newly engaged involves asking the question “can you cook rice yet?”. What they are really asking is whether you have learned to cook rice the way … Continue reading

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Where to begin…


It has been just over 15 years since I met my Arabian knight in shining armor (that’s All-Clad, y’all) and began a gastronomical adventure where my Midwestern roots meet his Middle Eastern origins. Since we began eating together my weight … Continue reading

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