poultry rub

For poultry its all about the baked-in dry rub. This serves as the perfect base for BBQ chicken drumsticks or wings, it would even be delish on roasted chicken or chicken breasts.¬†This rub can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container for a quick weeknight meal or impromptu dinner guests. Serves: 24…

bbq chicken drumsticks

Finger-licking good is the only way to describe these drumsticks slathered in honey BBQ sauce. The recipes for both the sauce and the chicken are below. Great for kid-friendly family meals or hosting a party with friends. Serves: Enough sauce for 50 drumsticks. Tools: 2-4 rimmed baking sheets aluminum foil mixing bowl whisk basting brush…

apple sauce

Applesauce is a healthy side, perfect for lunch boxes and necessary when sickness strikes. I have never seen it in the city but it’s so simple to make and tasty to eat it’s no problem.   Serves: 2 quarts, 6-8 guests Tools: large stock pot pairing knife cutting board airtight container for storage Ingredients: 12…

sweet potato bake

They say sweet potatoes are a ‘super food’; they are ridiculously nutritious. We just think they are delicious and in Cairo they come fresh, fully ripened from the Nile farms. In my kitchen I bake them with butter, brown sugar, pecans and spices into a rich savory sweet side, delicious for Thanksgiving or a roasted…

roasted turkey

For Thanksgiving overseas we gather around the table with friends we call family. This roasted turkey was rich in flavor and the drippings made a delicious gravy. Serves: 9 kilo / 20 pound turkey served 14 Tools: large roasting pan cutting board sharp knife meat thermometer Ingredients: 9 kilo / 20 pound frozen turkey 8…

garlicy mashed potatoes

These garlicy mashed potatoes will melt in your mouth and warm your insides. They are great for a crowd or a side to a savory dinner. Leftovers are just as tasty.   Serves: 6 guests Tools: Large stock pot hand blender or potato masher pairing knife cutting board Ingredients: 6 large russet potatoes, thoroughly washed…

sweet rolls

My grandmother served rolls similar to this at every holiday gathering. I have fond childhood memories of my grandfather throwing rolls across a long table to my big brother for Thanksgiving dinner. This version adapted from my friend Carol’s recipe is simple and sweet. The beauty is they are supposed to be made ahead, which…

chocolate chip cookies

Who doesn’t love a warm cookie hot out of the oven? These little numbers are a weekend favorite in our house. I make the whole recipe of dough and bake them in smaller batches for fresh cookies every time. Serves:¬†40 small cookies and 24 large cookies Tools: Mixing bowls Baking mat Cookie sheet Large brown…

dutch apple pie

My husband will tell you he didn’t like pie until he tasted this. I make it all year round. It is beautiful for hosting and just as good for breakfast as it is dessert. Pair it with warm caramel and ice cream and you’ve got yourself a real treat.   Serves: 8 guests // one…

scratch pie crust

This recipe elicits all the feels from my childhood. My grandmother always mysteriously had “one more” scratch made crust in her freezer to make a fresh pie when my family would come for unannounced visits to their farm. It is simple and straightforward and uses ingredients readily available anywhere.   Serves: one deep dish 9″…

meat balls

To my friend Carol who taught me how to make Sicilian pasta sauce again I say thank you for also schooling me on her meatballs. I have adapted the recipe to ingredients readily available where ever I may be. These are sure to please any appetite. I often make them in large batches and use…

bread sticks

My family loves a good bowl of pasta. These breadsticks are crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, perfect for lapping up the pasta sauce left in the bottom of the bowl. Serves: 8 large breadsticks, 8 guests Tools: mixing bowl baking pan baking mat measuring cups Ingredients: .25 oz or 1 1/2…