Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry cobbler Summer is ending. I mean, you wouldn’t know it from the temperature, the trees, or the seasonal decor at Marshalls, but summer is ending,  and I can hardly wait. The one thing I will miss from summer is all the gorgeous produce- like blackberries. I love berry cobblers of all shapes, forms, styles,…

Honey Cake-Kuwait

Look, it doesn’t get much better than this. A light, fluffy, spongy cake, soaked in syrup and topped with honey and nuts.  INGREDIENTS Cake: 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons greek yogurt 1/4 cup flour Syrup: 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 1/2 tablespoons butter 2…

Perfect Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I don’t throw that word around lightly- especially where chocolate chip cookies are concerned. See, I love me a good chewy chocolate chip cookie. And in the 4 years that I’ve been cooking, and the 26 years my mama has been cooking, chocolate chip cookies have evaded us. I had given up- making burnt, crispy…

Cupcakes 4 Ways

This here is your basic batter. Take this, and you can make cupcakes, cakes, donuts, cookies (if you added more flour), and more- in every flavor imaginable. Recently, I made 24 cupcakes, and I loved every minute of it. I’ve never been the best baker, or decorator- see, I like to adjust recipes, and in…

Ajvar- Kosovo

Ajvar is a type of pepper relish. It has garlic, roasted red peppers, and you can spread it on bread. I’m sold. It’s the simplest thing in the world to make, and barely takes 10 minutes. If you already have jarred roasted red peppers, it’ll take maybe 5 minutes. Perfect if you need to make…

Mint Lemonade

Mint lemonade- green juice, for people with tastebuds. I’ve been on a real lemonade kick recently, and my garden has been on a real mint kick for the past two years. There’s mint *everywhere*. So, I ventured into mintlandia, grabbed a few sprigs, and ran before the bees attacked me. Our local bees are fond…

Bibimbap- South Korea

I didn’t know whether to put this one in the S category, or the K category. Since I’m not posting a recipe for North Korea, I thought I’d stick it here. Bibimbap has a million different variations, but this is the one I’ve eaten my whole life. I’d take kimchi pork over bibimbap any day-…

Mandazith- Kenya

It took me 5 minutes to type out “Mandazith”. It kept correcting to mandatory. See, autocorrect can turn Mandazithto mandatory, but can’t turn ronnirw into tomorrow? Really? Do better, autocorrect, or I’ll have to learn how to spell (if anyone who works at Yale is reading this, I definitely know how to spell tomorrow. And…

Manti- Kazakhstan

Hear me out: pumpkin, but in beef. Pumpkin is so ignored, except in the fall time when we bow down to our orange overlords. There’s a great chance for a joke about the president here, but I’m not going to go there, because I’m practicing restraint, which is a hard thing to practice around these…

Mujaddara- Joran

This is a simple dish, and a comfort dish that is made all over the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa- although it varies in spices and flavoring, rice and lentils are a classic dish from those parts of the world. INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup rice 3/4 cup brown lentils 2 cups water 1/2 onion…