Category Archives: Savory

Individual Seven Layer Dip

individual seven layer dip cups

I’ve seen these great individual seven layer dip cups all over. Foodgawker, Pinterest, and even in magazines. They make for a great presentation and are perfect portion control. The school held their famous Dollar Day bake sale at the end of the year so I signed up to bring these. They were a hit! Individual Seven Layer Dip Cups 9 oz. clear plastic tumblers Vegetarian refried beans (or black beans) Guacamole, homemade or store bought Salsa, homemade or store bought Sour cream Shredded cheese Black olives, sliced Green onion, thinly sliced Tortilla chips Assembly: Prepare refried beans. Add taco seasoning to flavor the beans, if desired. Allow to cool, then scoop the beans into a ziplock bag. Snip off a … Continue reading

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Foolproof Oven Baked Brown Rice

baked brown rice

All those that have ever made brown rice, raise your hand. All those that have wondered “what the heck did I do wrong?” after attempting brown rice, raise your hand. Certainly I’m not the only one with my hand up.  Head over to for my contributor post on Foolproof Baked Brown Rice.  I’ve used the recipe numerous times and have had excellent results every single time. Sorry, White Rice, you’re no longer welcome here.

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Bread Baking Day: Moroccan Kesra Bread

Moroccan Kesra Bread

I’m always up for a challenge and eager to participate in events held by blogs.  I was excited to hear about Bread Baking Day through Ya Salam Cooking.  The theme was to make a bread recipe from a country you’d like to visit.  I automatically knew I would make a Moroccan bread.  Unfortunately, I’m not very good at baking bread but I figured I’d never learn if I didn’t keep practicing. When I told my friend Amanda of  I was going Moroccan, she informed me she was going Palestinian.  She choose to make traditional Palestinian Kaa’ak typically found in the souk and enjoyed with fresh, hot falafel. So I traveled through my baking to the country of her husband’s origin … Continue reading

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Macaroni and Cheese

macaroni and cheese

I love macaroni and cheese.  Not the boxed stuff, but the real, cheesy, fattening, oh-so-bad for you versions served in restaurants.  For years I’ve wanted to try making my own but was always so intimidated by it for some reason. I couldn’t have been more surprised when I realized how easy it was to make from scratch.  Seriously, why do I fear some recipes so much? While this version was tasty, I think I want to try a mixture of cheeses next time.  Just writing up this post and seeing the pictures again has me craving it and ready to make some more. Macaroni and Cheese  {via The Pioneer Woman} Ingredients 4 cups Dried Macaroni 1 whole Egg Beaten 1/4 cup … Continue reading

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Homemade Hamburger Buns

Homemade hamburger bun

I know, I know… I could have just picked some up from the grocery store.  But where’s the fun in that?  Homemade buns are something I’ve wanted to try and I’m glad that I did.  They were not difficult to make, but they obviously take more time than opening up a bag and pulling out a few.  It’s nice to be able to check these off of my “attempt homemade” food list.  I will admit that they tasted really yummy, as does everything homemade.  Homemade Hamburger Buns  {via Annie’s Eats}  Ingredients: 3 tbsp. warm milk 1 cup warm water 2 tsp. instant yeast 2½ tbsp. sugar 1½ tsp. salt 1 large egg 3 cups bread flour 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 2½ … Continue reading

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Double Tomato Bruschetta

Double Tomato Bruschetta

When I first got married, all my cooking was incredibly basic.  While my meals weren’t necessarily bland or boring, they were just basic.  I began to search for recipes that were a bit more adventurous and new.  I came across a recipe for a bruschetta which sounded fun as I’ve never made bruschetta prior to then.  Reading through the ingredients I decided this was going to be my step-it-up recipe.  Basil, balsamic vinegar, and sun-dried tomatoes? Three ingredients I’ve never used before that I couldn’t wait to try. This recipe came together so quickly and was so saturated with flavor that it blew me away.  And hello, the basil, balsamic vinegar, and sun-dried tomatoes?  Well, nearly 7 years later and I always have those … Continue reading

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Homemade Restaurant Style Samosas

homemade Samosas and sauce

I consider myself very blessed to live in the city that I do.  It has a diverse community made up of various different cultures from countries all over the world.  That translates to having many local ethnic restaurants and speciality grocery stores just a short drive away.  Since I most certainly won’t ever have the chance to travel to all of the countries represented in my little city, I’m excited to at least have access to their custom foods. Great Indian and Pakistani restaurants are every where.  Along with chicken tandoori, veggie biryani, and baingan bharta served with fresh steamy naan, I love to order samosas.  I can down quite a few all on my own.  The problem is sometimes they … Continue reading

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Artichoke Hummus

artichoke hummus

I just realized that I don’t have a single hummus recipe on my entire blog.  What kind of a Palestinian am I?  Hummus is one of those recipes that we can pull together quickly and serve any time during the day whether it’s for breakfast, dinner, or any time in between.  It’s versatility makes it a hit with everyone. I’ve been wanting to try variations for hummus for a while.  Hummus is such a simple recipe that it’s easy to flavorand change it up with a variety of add ins. I’m thinking sun dried tomatoes for my next experiment. Artichoke Hummus Ingredients: 1 can garbanzo beans, 1/4 – 1/2 cup liquid reserved 1/4 cup tahini, pure sesame paste 2 tablespoons … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Meatball With Lemon and Herb Sauce Tagine


Be sure to check out my guest post for this incredibly easy and tasty recipe over at MarocMama. Guest post: Meatball Tagine. Stick around and check out Amanda’s great Moroccan recipes and posts about eating healthy, local, organic, and sustainable foods.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

All it takes is to see my little girls sick for me to wish I had some Green Mile skills to pull them out of whatever funk they’re in.  Instead, all I could manage was to make them some homemade chicken noodle soup.  I guess that beats death row voodoo any day.  My poor baby. She never falls asleep on the couch unless she’s absolutely out of it. This was such an easy soup to pull together even including roasting the chicken.  If you don’t want to roast your own though, just pick up a precooked one from your local supermarket and shred it yourself.  Chicken Noodle Soup {via Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa Family Style} 2 chicken breasts, bone in, skin on … Continue reading

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