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The Whitestone Foundation Survey

Muslim_woman_medical_research

I’m normally not big on taking surveys because they don’t typically seem to have any affect on my life or on how businesses speak to my needs. I’ve been introduced to one, however, that is trying to do just that- figure out what our needs are so that they can be addressed with resources specific to our uniquely American Muslim ... Read More »

Green Breakfast Smoothie

kale in blender

I’ve heard all sorts of people say that they’ve never felt better after drinking ‘green’ smoothies- with lots of green veggies like celery, spinach, kale, avocados as well as other things like beets and carrots. Chock full of vitamins, minerals and fiber, they’re said to help detox the body, or cleanse it.  To be honest, it just never seemed appetizing ... Read More »

Is it Possible to Reverse Diabetes without Prescription Medication?

lettuce or greens

I’m a huge fan of learning as much as possible about doing things naturally. Some would say that it’s simply not possibly to reverse serious illness or regenerate health or even our global ecosystem by natural {and healthy} means. I truly believe that if we seek, we shall find and that goes for all of the above situations. It’s been ... Read More »

Brunch: Poached Eggs & Salmon Over Vegetables & Greens

Smoked Salmon and Poached Eggs Over Salad Greens

Last Saturday night, I watched a great documentary on how to reverse diabetes by going on a raw foods and vegan diet. I’m not a diabetic, alhamdullilah, I’m not a fan of veganism, and  I prefer to cook my food- however- I’m very open to the benefits of eating more and more fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets and how to reverse ... Read More »

Turkish & Mediterranean Online Market Giveaway!

hamle tea and tea pot

When I lived closer to the city, I used to frequent Mediterranean and Middle Eastern grocery stores as a sport- it was the only type of shopping I was ever really interested in. Forget about shopping malls with glittery clothing stores, shoes and accessories; all I wanted to hunt down was a spice I’d never seen before, a good on-site ... Read More »

How to Cook Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice with a fork

 I’ve been making Basmati rice for many, many years although the first time I made it is a time I look back on and have to laugh just a bit. I had never seen rice other than white grain or wheat bran rice, let alone cooked with it. I found it a common rice, sometimes the only type of rice ... Read More »

Vegetarian Korma with Basmati Rice

cream in dish

I’ve been cooking with Saffron Road products for a long time now and I really do enjoy them. They actually spoil me- made with high quality ingredients, part of the non-GMO project, many of which are gluten-free, and they’re really, really good. For something that makes your life easier, it’s a relief to find something of such value. The most recent recipe ... Read More »

Printable Spice Labels

It’s always a good move to get things organized in the kitchen and what better time to do it than in the drudgery of winter? If you’re anything like me and love to collect odd shaped bottles and tins and containers of exotic spices and even the more commonly used ones, it can be nice but get messy quickly. Very ... Read More »

How to Reduce the Pungency of Red Onions

soaking onions in water

If you’re anything like me, you don’t mind onions in your salads or even sandwiches, in fact you actually like them very much. Problem is, they can be awfully pungent. I make lots of salads with red onions (there’s even a Sicilian orange and red onion salad that’s one of my absolute favorites), however, when I serve them I notice ... Read More »

Should You Only Use a Wooden Spoon to Make Tomato Sauce?

wood spoon for sauce

It may seem like a strange question, but for serious pasta lovers, or tomato sauce lovers, it’s taken pretty seriously.  Whether it’s just an old wives tale or not, there are many folks who say there is scientific truth to the fact that a metal spoon will impart a metallic taste to the sauce due to the acidity in the ... Read More »