easter cooking and baking

This year, Easter happens to fall on the same day as the Assyrian New Year. While this might mean that all the festivities will just be rolled up into one day of celebration, I'm gonna be optimistic and say that I hope this leads to twice as much celebrating, baking, cooking, and family time. In case you're looking for ideas for spring holiday celebrations, feel free to check out some of my ideas. I've got stuffed dates that are just as pretty and colorful as Easter eggs, savory monkey bread stuffed with Assyrian cheese, and everyone's favorite cookie this time of year, ma'amoul (plus much, much more). And check back tomorrow for another main course, fit for an Easter celebration.

savory

kale and feta fatayer

kale and feta fatayer

stuffed dates (some sweet, mostly savory)

stuffed dates (some sweet, mostly savory)

matchstick beet salad

matchstick beet salad

stuffed grape leaves

stuffed grape leaves

zucchini dolma

zucchini dolma

burek

burek

jeweled rice with vermicelli noodles

jeweled rice with vermicelli noodles

tabbouleh

tabbouleh

cheesy monkey bread with  gubta mtumarta

cheesy monkey bread with gubta mtumarta

biryani

biryani

muhammara-glazed lamb

muhammara-glazed lamb

 

sweet

chocolate chunk ghraybeh

chocolate chunk ghraybeh

cardamom and tea ghraybeh

cardamom and tea ghraybeh

cardamom swirls with buttermilk icing and pistachios

cardamom swirls with buttermilk icing and pistachios

date ma'amoul

date ma'amoul

cardamom baklawa

cardamom baklawa

botanical baklawa (dairy free)

botanical baklawa (dairy free)

kadeh (roux-stuffed brioche)

kadeh (roux-stuffed brioche)

stuffed dates, inspired by classic desserts

stuffed dates, inspired by classic desserts

dried mint labneh cheesecake

dried mint labneh cheesecake