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Maqlouba [GF; VO]

A delicious meal that can only be served upside down! Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, is coming soon and Maqlouba reminds me of Iftar, the meal in which we break our fast at sunset, dinners while growing up in Kuwait. Each Thursday and Friday, we would either be invited to an Iftar dinner party at a family or…

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Palestinian Stuffed Grape Leaves – Warak Dawali [GF; VO]

A delicious stuffing wrapped with a zesty kick! My eldest daughter’s favorite meal since she was 5 years old is stuffed grape leaves, both vegetarian and with meat. Every time I make this meal, I am reminded by beautiful memories from my daughter’s childhood. When my eldest daughter was very young, my parents, my husband, my daughter, and I used…

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Festive Stuffed Bell Peppers [GF; VO]

Tangy bell peppers with a savory stuffing makes the perfect meal for any holiday. I love bell peppers because of their tangy taste and crunchy texture. I believe that the colors of bell peppers reflect the lovely nature around us. To me, red represents love, orange represents enthusiasm, green represents growth, and yellow represents happiness. I always make sure to…

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Spinach Pies [Vegan; GFO]

Spinach Pies: a taste of Palestine, aromas from the homeland. As a child, the moment I would step out of the school bus, I was able to smell my mom’s fatayr bi sabanikh. The mouthwatering aroma of the spinach pies would envelope me as I ran up the stairs of our building and into our home. I used to love…

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Creamy Mushroom Stew [GF; VO]

Creamy mushroom stew with a nutty kick and basil filled aroma. The perfect 30-min meal for any winter night.   When I found out my daughters were lactose intolerant, I wanted to create creamy meals that suited all members of my family. This delicious dish is quick and easy to make! Without meat, it takes a short 30 minutes to…

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Palestinian Moussaka Beitinjaan (Eggplant & Tomato Layered Dish) [GF; VO]

A creamy eggplant dish paired with the rich flavorful combo of tomatoes and spices.   My children love vegetables, some more than others. Eggplant is a loved vegetable in my family because it’s versatile. There are many traditional Middle Eastern dishes that use eggplant as the main ingredient. Moussaka is well known all over the Middle East and made differently…

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