Middle Eastern Spiced Chicken with Olives, Dates, and Bulgar

This recipe is part of the main course to a 1-Hour Middle Eastern inspired 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu.  To see the complete menu and a detailed shopping list, visit this post!  We have arrived.   The. Main. Course. The dish all other courses are planned around! The thing the whole meal revolves around! The brain child. The idea for this dish swarmed in my head for ages.  After a while, I knew EXACTLY how I wanted to execute the dish.  The ingredients.  The flavors.  The techniques.  The finishings.  Everything.   Because Middle Eastern cuisine is basically my 2nd love language, I knew it simply must be the star of a Valentine’s…

Middle Eastern Green Salad with Dukkah Olive Oil

This recipe is the first course on a 1-Hour Middle Eastern inspired 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu.  To see the complete menu and a detailed shopping list, visit this post!   My favorite salads are topped with all of the things!!  If you can barely see the greens below? Even better. Great salads follow an equation.  Its not exactly mathematics, but its still an important formula.  Salads need at least one sweet, tart, salty, and crunchy component!  THAT is the equation for the perfect salad.  This formula has limitless combinations! Once you have your sweet, tart, salty, and crunchy sorted out, you can go to town on the flavor and texture…

1-Hour Valentines Day 3-Course Middle Eastern Inspired Menu (+ Shopping List!)

2018 Here We Go! Whooohooo!!!! I am super super excited to make this 1-Hour 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu the first official fresh content of 2018!!  This menu is consistent with the direction I want to take Almost Properly: simple, original, gourmet-feeling recipes for hosting and entertaining!  And, I may have agonized over the details and tweaks on this menu to an obsessive point, but I am so so happy with the end results that it makes it 100% worth it! 3-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner in 1-Hour If you reject the idea of crowded restaurants with prix-fixe V-Day menus, we should be friends.  Hi, I’m Maria!   Instead, make your own…

Fall Flavors: Smoked Salmon Succotash

Fall is officially here… And so is all of the amazing fall produce!!!  Is anyone else in HEAVEN at the farmer’s market right now??  The greens!  The apples!  The brussels sprouts!  The potatoes!  The last of the zucchini!  The beginning of the fall squash!  I mean, WHOA!! I have the brownest brown thumb around and am in complete awe of what they grow!  They should be so proud!  The season’s abundance is seriously striking!  Instead of pride, I see tired eyes and muscles – the wear of the season’s work beginning to show.  Since I can hardly keep succulents alive, I can’t fathom the workload! This post is the first…

Girls Night in 5: 5 Ingredient Flatbreads

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. When you have a lot of people over, lots of options are key!  Usually the down side to lots of options is lots of TIME and planning.  Enter the 5 ingredient, 5 minute flatbread.  Almost no time, and super minimal planning.  Double score. There are roughly as many possible toppings for these as there are fish in the…
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