Pasta · Salads

Simple Salads, Part 1 – Summer Orzo Salad

June always seems like a pasta salad kind of month to me. It’s the perfect picnic food and a refreshingly cool meal on a hot summer day.  I firmly believe that pasta salads must include three ingredients: juicy tomatoes, tart lemon juice, and rich olive oil. Cheese is an added bonus. And I really like… Continue reading Simple Salads, Part 1 – Summer Orzo Salad

Dinner · Libyan · North African

Tastes Like Summer – Libyan Aslooz

Aslooz is one of my favorite summertime dishes. It’s a couscous-based dish and I love couscous; however, only steamed couscous. If you haven’t eaten steamed couscous, you just haven’t truly tasted real couscous. Steamed couscous has a delicous fluffiness to it that you cannot achieve with any other cooking method. Someone once served me a couscous… Continue reading Tastes Like Summer – Libyan Aslooz

Dinner · North African · Pasta

A Dreamy Pasta Bake – Makroona Béchamel

One of the best, yet underrated, comfort foods is a baked pasta. Consider lasagna, manicotti, stuffed shells, baked ziti and many other random dishes of baked pasta that are usually thrown together without a recipe. All of them are warm, delicious and…baked. And makroona béchamel is another one to add to the list. This dish… Continue reading A Dreamy Pasta Bake – Makroona Béchamel

Dinner · Libyan · North African

Rooz fil Furoon (Libyan Rice Casserole)

Back when I worked 50-60 hour work weeks as a process engineer, I always craved a homemade dinner. Unfortunately, when you are living alone…you have to make that homemade meal yourself. After being at work 9-10 hours, I really didn’t have the energy to cook something that took long or required a lot of effort.… Continue reading Rooz fil Furoon (Libyan Rice Casserole)

Libyan · North African · Soup

Soup Adventures, Part 2 – Libyan Soup

Libyan soup, or more simply called “shurba” in Libya, is my favorite soup. No one calls it “Shurba Libeeya” in Libya because it’s just known as “shurba,” which translates to “soup.” Such a simple name. And there is never any confusion if you say you are making “shurba” to a Libyan, they’ll know exactly which soup you… Continue reading Soup Adventures, Part 2 – Libyan Soup

Libyan · North African

Spice Up Your Life/Dinner – Libyan Hareesa (Hot Sauce)

My siblings and I were raised on spicy food. If the food wasn’t spicy to begin with, we supplemented it with hot sauce. The hot sauce in our house was either homemade hareesa or Sriracha’s spicier sister called Huy Fong’s Garlic Chili Sauce. The homemade hareesa is hands-down my favorite of the two; however, it’s availability… Continue reading Spice Up Your Life/Dinner – Libyan Hareesa (Hot Sauce)