Za’atar or zatar refers to a Middle Eastern spice and herb blend that can be used as liberally in your cooking as salt itself. In the Middle East, za’atar is sprinkled on hummus, used as seasoning on chicken , tossed with raw veggies in a salad, or stirred into couscous. In Arabic, za’atar means thyme, but it involves more than just the thyme we are accustomed to in American cuisine – it is a blend of thyme and other green herbs related to thyme such as marjoram and oregano, as well as dried sumac and raw sesame seeds. The result is a slightly nutty, aromatic, earthy spice blend that takes all of your dishes to the next level, even ones as basic as your go-to popcorn recipe. Better yet, you just need a bag of popcorn from the grocery store to toss into the za’atar and, voilà!, you’ve got yourself an exotic snack in less than ten minutes.