A Family Tradition
The first episode of my cooking show is finally here and I can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been cooking up this year! Playing with recipes, baking, cooking—these are the very things that ground me as a mom and as a wife when my schedule at work can feel busy. Nothing about the way I cook is fancy or complicated, but over the years the kitchen has become such an important space for me, so it’s an honor to cook alongside you as we make some of my favorite recipes.
We’re kicking off episode one with a lineup of recipes that are special to me and my family. When I was a kid, we went to my grandparents’ house almost every Sunday afternoon and my granddad would make a big batch of meat pies (traditionally called fatayar) and Lebanese salad. Over the years, I’ve recreated my granddad’s recipe many times, modifying it every so often in a way that makes sense for our family. But no matter what, every time I take that first bite, it’s like I’m right back at my grandparent’s dining table. This meal is one way for my kids to feel connected to a man they never got to meet, and I think my granddad would be proud that this tradition lives on in such an important way for our family.
In this episode, I’m making Fatayar and Lebanese Salad, served with White Bean Hummus and Baklava for dessert.
Let’s get cooking!
flaky dough-wrapped pies filled with meat, shredded hash browns and cheese served with a fresh cucumber, onion and tomato salad
layers of phyllo dough with sweet a mixture of honey and toasted pistachios
a new take on classic hummus using white beans — perfect for dipping with veggies, pita chips & more