56 posts by sousanalwan

Coconut Cookies

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies Dipped in Dark Chocolate

I decided I really needed some chocolate.  And some coconut.  And so...COOKIES!  I love the subtle sweetness of the coconut and the oats make them feel healthful :) These oatmeal coconut cookies are quite subtle and very delicious, with just the right amount of sweetness.  You can eat them plain, or dipped in creamy dark chocolate. I do it both ways. The Recipe    Prep Time:  15 mins Cook Time: 12 minutes per batch Yields: 24 cookies Ingredients 1 cup ... Continue Reading
Vegetarian Onion Dolma

Vegetarian Onion Dolma

Many vegetables can be stuffed with a mixture of rice, meat, and spices, but to me, nothing quite beats the beautiful flavors of a stuffed onion.  The sweet caramelized skin tastes so good with the spicy rice and cool yogurt.  I like to eat these warm for lunch or dinner, but always make extra to keep in the fridge so I can pop one in my mouth any time during the day.  Yes, folks.  I just reach into the fridge, grab one with my fingers, throw it into my mouth, and do a happy dance. ... Continue Reading
Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

I love this simple recipe for cheesecake.  You don't have to bake the crust ahead of time, and all the ingredients for the filling are prepared by mixing in one bowl.  So easy and quick.  Here is the one I made for my son's eleventh birthday this weekend!  Cheesecake as birthday cake! The Recipe    Prep Time:  15 min Cook Time: 1 hour Yields: 12 servings Ingredients Crust: 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (or plain petit beurre biscuits, gingersnaps, or chocolate ... Continue Reading
Crepe Cake

Crepe Cake with Raspberry Cream and Berries

I think dessert should be special - it should delight.  And taste delicious.  This Crepe Cake with Raspberry Cream does both.  It's a bit time-consuming to prepare, as you have to make A LOT of crepes, but it's fun.  And the ooooh's and aaaahhh's and smiles you receive are well worth it. The crepes and raspberry cream are made separately and then assembled, layer by layer. The Recipe    Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 45 mins Yields: 10-12 servings Ingredients For ... Continue Reading
Crock pot of Ash Rishteh

Persian Winter Noodle and Legumes Soup (Osh Reshteh)

I remember my grandmother making this winter soup when I was a child.  It was always such a treat.  I even remember the old-fashioned metal pot it would arrive in.  I so much associate the hearty warm flavors of the noodles, legumes, and leafy greens with my childhood and my family.  Wonderful memories. I'm now on a mission to preserve the tradition for my kids!  Healthy, hearty Persian noodle soup is loaded with nutritious ingredients and is a perfect winter family meal. The ... Continue Reading
Cinnamon Buns Dough

Cinnamon Buns!

I just love these cinnamon buns.  They are a decadent luxury that I make about once or twice a year.  I limit this because I end up eating them all myself.  I just can't resist!  They are really that good.  In fact, the last time I made them, my 17 year old son saw them in the baking dish looking all wonderful and tasty and decided to serve himself one.  He munched munched munched a great big roll and washed it down with a glass of milk.  Yum!  Except...I hadn't baked them yet!  He ... Continue Reading
Lentil soup

Spicy Lentil Soup

This wonderful red lentil soup is bright, colorful, and delicious.  And on top of all that, it's so easy to make in minutes.  You can serve it with fresh bread as a lunch or light dinner, or with some cheddary grilled cheese sandwiches to make it more hearty. The Recipe    Prep Time:  10 mins Cook Time: 45 mins Yields: 6 servings Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 tsp ground cumin ... Continue Reading
cream cheese brownies

Cream Cheese Brownies

For this recipe, I use my standard Brownie recipe and add a cream cheese layer to the top, swirling it to beautiful perfection.  I didn't think brownies could get any better, but trust me, they can. The Recipe    Prep Time:  15 mins Cook Time: 50 mins Yields: 18 servings Ingredients Cream Cheese Mixture 8 oz. (225g) cream cheese 1 egg 1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract Method Beat all the ingredients for the cream cheese mixture together until well ... Continue Reading