Celebrating Easter with Middle Eastern Flavors

No matter what holiday we were celebrating, my family frequently found ways to incorporate Middle Eastern spices and flavors into the dishes. Honey sweetened the desserts, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom perfumed the baked goods and za'atar added a big punch of flavor to meats, salads and side dishes. It's a tradition I've continued with a well stocked spice cabinet and meals packed with the flavor they bring. Try some of these recipe ideas for your Easter meal and have a wonderful...MORE holiday!

Remember that not every dish on your Easter menu needs to be traditionally Middle Eastern but do add touches of different spice to your recipes and you'll love the extra flavor. Enjoy!