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The Enduring Memories of Iraqi Pain

Driving with Baba in his white pickup truck, you’ll never run out of things to talk about. He loves to talk and tell stories. My favorite stories of his are about Iraq. Being raised by Iraqi parents and living in diaspora my parents’ stories…

Middle Eastern

Homemade Pita Bread

warm fragrant home-baked pita bread that’s far greater than store-bought pita Filling your home with the aroma of freshly baked, soft, fluffy pita bread is a wondrous experience. Pita bread has roots in the prehistoric flatbreads of the Middle East and is still one…

Middle Eastern

Iraqi Makhlama

a rich spicy meat sauté topped off with soft-cooked eggs and garnished with fresh greens The epitome of Iraqi comfort food. I grew up eating this recipe, graciously made by my mother on vibrant mornings the whole family ate together. For many Iraqis living…


Grilled Hawaiian Pineapple-Chicken Skewers

sweet, savory, spicy chicken skewers that scream summertime Pineapples being bright, sweet, and juicy are the perfect fruit to offset with grilled spiced chicken in the heat of the summer. Pineapples are loaded with nutrients and disease-preventing antioxidants. These antioxidants are bound and are…

Nutrition & Health

how nutrition stopped me from bulimia.

I was a college student. Like many others I had an undecided major. I was full of doubt, anxiety, and self criticisms. I had no concept of wellness. I was tired all the time. I was unhappy and I was in pain. I developed…

Dressings, Dips, & Condiments

Mango & Avocado Salsa Salad

a summer salad or salsa to brighten anyone’s palette with sweet ripe mango tossed with chili and fresh lime juice Mangoes are one of the most widely consumed foods on our planet, and there’s a reason for that! They’re sweet, smooth, juicy, delicious, and…


Berries & Rhubarb Crisp

a warm dessert, sweet and tart beaming with a brightness that will have you going for more Berries and rhubarb are a classic combination and that’s with a simple, great reason – It’s just delicious! It’s a perfect mouthwatering blend of sweet and tart.…


Pan-Grilled Ponzu & Honey Dressed Salmon

rich salmon fillets, marinated in mouthwatering Asian flavors grilled to perfection Want a salmon fillet that doesn’t flake or stick to grill grates? Read in the directions below! Also, a cast-iron grill pan was used for this recipe. Salmon is a rich and fatty…

Middle Eastern

Iraqi Salad

a simple salad with roasted beets and earthy chickpeas with a bright dressing of fresh lemon juice and smooth olive oil Iraqi cuisines hold such a special place in my heart. Throughout my childhood and into my adult life Iraq has been plagued with…