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Stuffed Grape leaves – Crockpot version

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in LoaMP, Main Course, Side dishes | 2 comments

The crockpot version is very similar to the stovetop cooking method. You will need: One jar of grape leaves, all stuffed and rolled and ready to cook. Use this recipe HERE. 3 cups of broth/water 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 tsp salt Diced/sliced Tomatoes (optional) Potato, sliced thinly (for bottom of pot) -Place potato slices in bottom of crockpot til covered. this protects the leaves from possibly burning. -Roll grape leaves as usual and stack them neatly into the crockpot. -Mix broth/water with salt and lemon juice. Add over the grape leaves until fully submerged. Might need to add a bit more water if necessary. -cover with small ceramic plate to keep the grape leaves from unrolling or flying away. – leave on high setting for 7-8 hours. – go do your housework, go shopping, or take dance lessons....

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Stuffed Grape Leaves – Dawali!

Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 in LoaMP, Main Course, Side dishes | 0 comments

 Yummy yummy in my tummy! Ingredients Used: one jar grape leaves 2 cups short grain rice  1 lb ground beef 1 medium onion, diced 2 roma tomatoes, diced half bunch parsley, finely chopped handful dry mint ( 2 tbsp ) or fresh if you have it 1/2 tsp mixed spice 1 cube maggie (chicken boulion) 1/4 tsp allspice 1 tsp black pepper 1 tsp salt  8 oz can tomato sauce 1/4 cup lemon juice Making the rice filling: in a large skillet, stir fry the onion with the ground beef and maggie cube  til cooked.  set aside to cool. In a large bowl, combine rice, tomatoes, parsley,mint, ground beef, tomato sauce, lemon juice, and spices. mix well Preparing the leaves: remove leaves from jar and rinse. Stack them neatly with inside facing upwards. remove extra stem by cutting it...

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Easy Grilled Tomato Salad

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in LoaMP, Salads, Side dishes | 0 comments

  This is a must when we barbeque on sundays. it just isnt the same without it.   Grill about 6-7 medium sized roma tomatoes (or equvalient in size of any other tomato) Once all soft and peel is coming off.. Take off grill and peel them..chop.. set aside Crush a jalepeno, 1/2 tsp dill seeds, fresh basil, fresh/dry dill weed (optional), 1/2 salt, one clove garlic (optional), fresh parsley.. Crush all together. Then add the tomatoes and smash together as well. Taste, add salt if needed, and squeeze some lemon juice to taste. Enjoy! Share this:ShareFacebookPinterestEmailTwitterPrintLike this:Like...

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Stir fried chicken with green beans

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in LoaMP, Main Course, Side dishes | 0 comments

Green beans are one of my all time favorite foods. I love them stir fried in some soy sauce with a side of rice. Here is a recipe I use often. Ingredients: 2-3 chicken breasts. Slice as big or as small as you like. I cut them into large strips. 1/2 tsp each Salt, black pepper, garlic powder. To marinate the chicken. 1 lb fresh green beans, cut if you like. 1 large onion, sliced 1 cup chopped mushrooms. Soy sauce to taste ( about 2 tbsp) 1- marinate the chicken for about 20-30 mins to 2 hours. 2- in meduim high pan on stove, add a couple tsp olive oil, add chicken when pan is hot. 3- let it cook for 2 mins then flip chicken on the other side. 4- keep stirring chicken until cooked from inside...

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Making Russian Pelmeni

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Guest posts, LoaMP, Side dishes | 0 comments

This a repost originally posted on April 20, 2011 Salam to all, Today our guest post comes from my amazing best friend.. She is from Turkmenistan and knows many Russian recipes. I was lucky enough to try these when her dear mom was here visiting, talk about AUTHENTIC! These are amazingly delicious and super simple to make, I encourage everyone to try it!! I’ll leave you with her post: Here we go… Bismilahi Rahman Rahim! This recipe will be very different from EmMalik’s dishes. First of all, it is a popular Russian dish called Pelmeni. Russian food is very different from the middle eastern cooking primarily because it does not require all those exotic spices. Russian dishes are easy jjjo to cook and do not demand much skill or special ingredients. Salt, pepper, fresh dill will do the job...

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What in the world is Kibbeh??

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in LoaMP, Main Course, Side dishes | 0 comments

Kibbeh is a middle eastern dish full of goodness. If you like fried foods, this is a must to try! Kibbeh has many varieties and can be pronounced in different ways, depending on the origin country. For example, many Palestinians mainly call it Kibbah or kobbah. Syrians and Lebanese call it Kibbe or kibbeh. The Egyptians may call it Kibeiba. And there are endless varieties of the dish as well.. Different fillings, different shapes, different methods of cooking… You name it.. But at the end, kibbeh can be defined as one thing: bulgur + minced meat mix shell with stir fried meat and onion filling. Which equals yumminess. Variations of kibbeh that I know of: Kibbehكبة مقلية: the football/round shaped balls which are deep-fried til brown. (regularly known version) Kibbeh (iqras) كبة أقراص: large patty shaped Kibbeh that can...

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