Overhead view of Roasted Eggplant with Quick Shatta Recipe on a white platter on a light wood background

Roasted Eggplant with Tahini & Quick Shatta

Eggplant is an excellent dish to serve to guests at a dinner party, lunch, or even for brunch. It’s one of those foods that can satisfy vegetarians and meat-eaters alike and it’s not overly abundant at most restaurants, so to me it feels special when you

Make-Ahead Shakshuka in a white rectangle baking dish on a white background with gluten free pita bread

Make-Ahead Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern dish consisting of a spiced tomato sauce with the eggs cooked in the sauce. Typically, it is served in a skillet. For something as special as Easter brunch, I like to elevate the dish by transferring the sauce to an oven-to-table baking dish, adding the eggs, and finishing it off in the oven. If you are not making ahead, then simply

Za’atar Paloma cocktail in stemless wine glasses with slices of grapefruit

Za’atar Paloma Recipe

Za’atar is a versatile spice blend that can be purchased at upscale grocery stores, Middle Eastern markets, and on the internet. This Za’atar Paloma cocktail recipe combines the classic ingredients of a paloma – tequila and grapefruit – with a delicious homemade za’atar simple syrup.

Gluten Free Green Shakshuska Recipe

Gluten Free Green Shakshuka Recipe

I am not really sure how far from the original one can take a recipe and still call it by the same name, I may be pushing the limits here.

Shakshuka (pronounced like shack-shoe-ka) is a Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in a warm sauce of tomatoes, peppers, and onions, and often seasoned with

Gluten Free Middle Eastern Pasta Salad

Gluten Free Middle Eastern Pasta Salad Recipe

I used to eat lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant that offered a sumptuous midday buffet filled with all sorts of tasty gluten free offerings. My favorite part of the meal was the end when I had little bits and pieces of all sorts of flavors on my plate and I would scrape them up into one delightful forkful of flavor.

That last exotic forkful was the inspiration for this pasta salad; lots of ingredients used in Middle Eastern dishes all mingled together into a refreshing salad perfect for a hot summer’s day.

This salad is a great addition to a barbecue, as a side dish or vegan main dish if you leave out the feta; it is light yet filling at the same time.

Unlike many pasta salads that have a mayonnaise base, the dressing is