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…

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…

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…

candied carrots

One of my sister’s favorite side dishes growing up was candied carrots. I almost forgot about this sweet and savory side until I was stuck on a dinner menu and only had carrots in the cupboard. Sometimes necessity begets the best ideas. The response from the family was to keep it coming back. Serves: 4-6…

garlic mashed potatoes

The perfect side for just about any meat, garlic mashed potatoes are lite on both effort and time. It’s a win win for both the chef and the guests. Serves: 1 potato per guest ~ make as much as you like Tools: stock pot chef’s knife hand blender Ingredients: 6 medium potatoes – washed, peeled…

pico

The vegetables in Cairo taste. Everything is farm fresh carted in daily from the Nile farms. So pico is a favorite in our house as a side, snack and topping. Serves: 6-8 guests Tools: cutting board chef’s knife large mixing bowl spatula or extra large spoon Ingredients: 10 medium, plump and firm tomatoes – washed,…

salsa

Salsa is just so good. It’s fresh and healthy and simple to make. So why not. Serves: 6 guests, depending on how much they love to dip their chips. Tools: hand blender or food processor cutting board chef’s knife Ingredients: 2 cups pico (linked recipe) 1 chili pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped 2 TBSP…

potato soup

This hearty soup will warm you up on cooler days, is great for large groups and my kids love it in their lunches. It can be made-ahead and even frozen in smaller batches for quick and healthy meals. Serves: 8 guests. Tools: Stock pot or crock pot Cutting board chef’s knife Ingredients: 6-8 cups chicken…

chicken stock

Homemade chicken stock is most delicious as the base of soups and in any recipe that calls for chicken broth. It can even be switched out for water in rice or casseroles. ┬áIt is healthy and quite simple to make. And maybe the best part is your house will smell like Thanksgiving as it’s stewing….

salata

Fresh and easy, salata as a side dish presents beautifully and tastes delicious. It pairs well with poultry dishes and summer sandwiches. This is my go-to side for a large gatherings or a cold mezza family dinner.   Serves: 8-12 guests Tools: large cutting board chef’s knife serving bowl Ingredients: 8 plump, firm tomatoes –…

chips

Who doesn’t love a good chip? They’re not hard to find but they are expensive here. So we resort to making our own and they are crunchy and delish! The bowl is never full for long. Serves: 4 guests Tools: cutting board sharp chef’s knive large baking tray Ingredients: 1 package (5 tortillas) King M…