October 31, 2014
At Home with Friends


Grilled Eggplant with Honey & Harissa

  This dish is a great example of the magical blend of heat, savory and spices. The harissa creates the heat and the garlic, ginger and cumin — the savory, and the honey balances it all with a touch of sweetness. Don’t worry: This dish does not taste sweet. The honey brings all the flavors […]

October 29, 2014
At Home with Friends


Dried Fruit Compote with Grand Marnier

  My grandmother used to make a fruit compote or “stewed fruit” as she called it, that she served with dinner. She made everything with a sprinkling of love, so I happily scarfed down anything she offered. I miss her, but I don’t miss that compote. The fruit was cooked so long that it was […]

October 27, 2014
At Home with Friends


Almond Orange Cake

This is a recipe inspired by the flavors of Moroccan cuisine: Many Moroccan desserts use almond paste and orange flower water. Instead of orange flower water, I use orange extract and Grand Marnier, almond paste and almond extract. These flavors combine to create a moist, delectable cake. This cake doesn’t look impressive but watch your […]

October 24, 2014
At Home with Friends


Beet Salad with Oranges and Feta

Before beets were trendy, I always loved them. I used to be in the minority and now my friends have figured it out. This salad is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. The natural sweetness of the beets is complimented by the saltiness of the feta and the slight acidic note […]

October 22, 2014
At Home with Friends


Artichoke Salad with Saffron and Preserved Lemons

Until I started reading about Moroccan food, I had no idea that artichokes were featured in the cuisine. In this recipe, they are treated to a glorious bath that includes preserved lemons, saffron, honey and other spices. The flavor is unique and wonderful! This can be made early in the day and served at room […]

October 20, 2014
At Home with Friends


Bastilla with Chicken

Bastilla is also called bisteeya, pastilla, b’stilla or bstilla. This is the actual recipe I developed for my friend’s birthday years ago. It might look complicated but it’s basically 3 steps: Make the filling, assemble the bastilla, bake the bastilla. This is really quite doable for everyone. I read many recipes before I created this […]

October 17, 2014
At Home with Friends


Spinach and Feta Pastries (“Brik”)

Everybody loves a small, savory two-bite pastry as an appetizer. I watched as my gluten-free, wheat-free, no-carb-eating friends devoured these. While spinach and feta are frequently seen in Greek spanakopita, here they are combined with savory chermoula (available at my Amazon Affiliate Store), allspice and pine nuts and formed into rustic, open triangles for a […]

October 15, 2014
At Home with Friends


Moroccan Olives

Olives are great to serve with drinks before dinner. Of course, you can just buy good olives, put them in a dish and stop there. If you want something sensational, go the extra step and make these. You might be tempted to omit the vanilla but don’t. The combination of vanilla and all the spices […]

October 13, 2014
At Home with Friends


Warm Hummus with Pine Nuts

Today you can find hummus for sale at every grocery store, big box store or snack stand. Most of this hummus is very thick and heavy with paste-like texture and very little taste. This recipe is nothing like that. It is rich, creamy, velvety smooth, and loaded with flavor! It comes together quickly and easily. […]




5 Weeks Before

4 Weeks Before

  • Think about menu (see blog entry under Create the Menu)
  • If necessary, order the special spices

3 Weeks Before

2 Weeks Before

  • Review menu
  • Book serving staff if needed

1 Week Before


  • Set up table, dishes, glasses, silverware
  • Get out serving platters with serving utensils









  • Relax and eat any leftover fruit with yoghurt and cake!

October 10, 2014