Entries by Shushan Darzian

Oven-Baked Beef Kebab with Eggplant

  Enjoy this personal twist on a traditional family dish that’s fun to assemble and easy to bake! They’ll come out moist and flavorful every time! Ingredients     Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel the eggplant (I prefer Japanese eggplants) in just three sections (don’t need to peel the entire skin) Cut the […]

Tips on Hosting a Dinner Party

Hosting an event and catering and event both have similar responsibilities—-however, the essential difference for a host to keep in mind is entertaining both our guests as well as ourselves. Being a part of the event is just as important as planning it and sometimes it’s easy to exclude ourselves from the fun because we’re […]

Recipe: Fourth of July Caprese Salad

A fun twist to a classic Italian salad. Supplies star shaped cookie cut out set (You can find it at Michael’s or Amazon) Ingredients 3 cups of cherry tomatoes 2 cucumbers 4 tbs extra virgin olive oil 4 to 5 blue basil stems 1/2 block Karoun Nabulsi Cheese   Directions Start by slicing the tomatoes […]

Recipe: Watermelon Salad

Try this easy, refreshing and fun salad. A perfect activity to do with your kids!   Supplies star shaped cookie cut out set (You can find it at Michael’s or Amazon)   Ingredients 1 small watermelon 2 ounces of feta cheese 1/2 cup of blueberries 4 to 5 stems of mint 1/2 lemon juice 1 […]

Recipe: Ejjeh and Kookoo

Ejjeh and Kookoo different dishes, though they have some similarities. Both are traditional and delicious, the perfect addition to your Easter feast! Visit my Youtube channel to watch the tutorial video, or click here! Ejjeh—A Traditional Middle Eastern dish.   Materials: Takoyaki Pan (nonstick) Grater Large mixing bowl Ice cream scooper (optional) Chopsticks (optional)   […]

Recipe: Natural Easter Eggs

Try this creative, all-natural way of decorating Easter eggs! Materials: Large Pot Nude nylon   Ingredients: White room-temperature eggs Room-temperature water White distilled vinegar (one tablespoon per egg) Cooking oil (any) Herbs (cilantro, parsley dill) Onion skin (one onion per egg)   Directions: Choose an herb and pick the leaves with the shapes of your […]

Down In New Orleans

New Orleans—the city of vibrant music, spicy cuisine, and people celebrating life! My recent trip to The Big Easy was a wonderful experience that brought together great friends, great music, and great food. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton in the heart of the French Quarter, where we were met with authentic New Orleans gumbo. […]

Recipe: Panna Cotta

Try this classic recipe of a traditional Italian dessert. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser! Panna Cotta Ingredients 2 1/2 cups heavy cream 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup skim milk 1 packet unflavored gelatin (.28oz ) 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla red food coloring (optional) Directions Heat the heavy cream and sugar in a saucepan. […]

Creativity Calls: From Classroom to Catering

I have always been hands-on with Ladybugz, Inc. I’m involved in the entire process— from the team effort in preparing the dressings and marinades, meeting with clients, the logistics of the business, to attending the events and managing them. The quality of the food is most important to me, but I also value a strong, […]

Beginnings

I believe that our experiences play a significant role in shaping who we are. I look back on my life and think about what made me who I am—try to pinpoint my mistakes, and understand my choices. I’ve learned that the little things in life make you who you are and that if something seems […]