This salad was inspired by my recent visit to an ancient town in Turkey called Kusadasi! A gorgeous seaside resort on the Aegean Sea located near the historical city of Ephesus. Rich fields of olive trees, grape vines, fig, peach, apricot & apple trees surround this scenic city. Cuisine of Kusadasi is very much influenced [...]


I don’t know about you but in my family we always make two separate potato side dishes for our Thanksgiving Dinner. Mashed potatoes are a must but a roasted potatoes side dish is  always present on the menu. I think my mom started making a roasted potatoes for my dad who is not too fond [...]


Laban ~ Homemade yogurt is an essential part of the Middle Eastern diet. Home-made yogurt is preferably a favorite over the commercial store brands. Home-made yogurt seems to taste sweeter and fresher. There are just few ingredients like milk and yogurt. Many families have a “starter” yogurt that lasts for years, sometimes even generations. Taste [...]



Pomegranate, Walnut, Pistachio & Green Olive Salad

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by Sara Hafiz on September 14, 2010

Pomegranate, a very powerful  ancient symbolic fruit. I am obsessed with this fruit, especially after my recent trip to Spain, Morocco & Turkey. I saw ancient symbols & paintings of pomegranates in such historic sites like Ephesus in Turkey, gardens of Mesquita in Cordoba and Alhambra in Granada to Fes Medina in Morocco. It was [...]


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