Date Pockets

Date and Walnut Pockets

These tasty cookies are better known throughout the Middle East as ma’amoul and they are delicious. This isn’t a recipe I thought I would find in a “sandwich book” but when you look at it they really are just like a sandwich. Dough on either side with a filling! In Kicked Up Sandwiches, Emeril uses walnuts as his nut of choice however I opted to go with pistachios.  I love how dates, cardamom and pistachio come together. The exterior of the cookie is similar to shortbread with an ingredient you won’t find in any Middle Eastern versions (if you want…

bstila soup

Chicken B’stila Soup

The first time I went to Morocco, our tour somehow left off the best Moroccan foods.  We ate the same chicken and olive tajine day after day after day.  When we left Morocco I didn’t think much of the food at all. To this day my dad refuses to eat Moroccan food. When I went back and stayed with my husband’s family my outlook changed completely.  I was showered with the REAL food of Morocco. The flavors were amazing, the dishes complex and delicious.  I had no idea it could be so good. To this day, there remains one dish…

Pasty

Gluten Free Cornish Pasty #SundaySupper

The theme for this week’s #SundaySupper is comfort foods.  All of the recipes that first came to mind I have shared previously except for pasties. I grew up in a small mining community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There were three major immigrant groups that established the community; English (Cornish), Italian (Sicilian), and Scandinavian. All three of which I claim heritage. Growing up pasties were as common on our table as a hamburger. It wasn’t until I had traveled away that I realized the pasty was a unique meal. Mining was a major industry and that’s what lead to…

Grilled Sandwich

Grilled Manchego Cheese with Quince Paste, Pears and Walnut Butter

Does this bread not scream fall? When I stopped by the bakery and saw trays of this beautiful bread fresh out of the oven I knew I had to scoop up a loaf and make something really delicious. It doesn’t take too much convincing for me to try new breads, in fact there was a loaf of spinach feta bread that I had to restrain myself from bringing home. One of the recipes I’ve been most looking forward to creating from Emeril’s “Kicked Up Sandwiches” is the one I chose to make with this bread. The recipe calls for quince…

Crab Louie

The Crab Confessional with Crab Louie

Growing up we didn’t eat much seafood – I’ll attribute that to living at least a thousand miles from any salt water. As I began to travel more and become more adventurous with food I tried crab legs and fell in love.  I even pulled my husband onto the same crab loving boat with me.  Living on the East Coast, just a short drive from the Chesapeake Bay we were able to buy crab extremely cheap.  It no longer was a luxury but became common in our diets.  When we went to Morocco last fall and visited the fishing town…

Choc Chip, Pistachio, Fig

Chocolate Chip, Pistachio, Fig Cookies

Who doesn’t love cookies? Better yet, who doesn’t love a cookie challenge? A few weeks ago Kurt from Livefire (one of my fellow Verizon Savvy Gourmets) challenged all of us to a cookie showdown.  OK it’s really not a showdown but just a fun cookie challenge.  First I was going to do gluten free, but realized I already did that.  Then I thought about making them spicy but it just didn’t work out.  But in the bulk food aisle at the grocery store I had an epiphany. Pistachios and Figs.  Yes that was it.  We never (or very very rarely)…

Garden Burger with Cranberry Chutney

Garden Burger with Cranberry Chutney

I’ve got some really big news to share! If you’re following on Twitter or Facebook you may already know however, recently I was selected by William Morrow Cookbooks to participate in their “Serious Sandwich Cookalong” to celebrate the release of Emeril Lagasse’s latest cookbook, Kicked-Up Sandwiches. Over the next three weeks I’ll be making several of the recipes from this book.  You can follow my journey here and find out about my co-bloggers by visiting William and Morrow’s Cookbook blog, The Secret Ingredient.  It was hard for me to pick the sandwiches that I wanted to make but I tried to…

Spiced Moroccan Rack of Lamb

Roasted Moroccan Rack of Lamb {#SundaySupper}

  It”s not very often I make lamb out of the blue but a few weeks ago it seemed the perfect time to pull a rack of lamb chops from the freezer and slow roast them. I had received a package from Superior Farms a little while ago but hadn’t had a chance to cook with it yet.  We slaughter a sheep yearly for Eid however I’m the one that ends up butchering it (not pretty). It was a big change of pace to open up a package that is cleaned and ready to go!  Many people are very intimidated by…