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Just Add Dates

Add chopped dates

One of the easiest things  you can do to a salad to spruce it up is to add something surprisingly sweet. I love chopped dates in my salads, especially around the end of summer and early fall when things like pears and apples are in season. They pair so beautifully with the chewy sweetness of dates and are delicious topped with a ... Read More »

Kumato Tomato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

I feel like every year there has to be a late summer salad made of just tomatoes (in terms of produce) and I like to experiment by making a unique one. Last year, I made salads with a lot of heirloom tomatoes and salsa with the tomatillos from my garden. This year, since moving I haven’t been able to grow much except for ... Read More »

New York Strip Steak with Buttery Mushrooms & Onions

New York Strip Steak with Mushrooms & Onions

Every now and again, I forget that I can go out and get an amazing cut of halal meat to bring home and make a great steak. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that I basically put it out of my mind that it was an easy task to find the all-American style cuts of meat I grew up ... Read More »

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

before the cheese melted

What is it with me and Italian food lately? It’s all I crave, mostly because it’s comfort food tome. I’ve thought about it and feel like the think the overwhelm of life in general, catching up (if that’s possible) on the lack of uninterrupted sleep during Ramadan and getting the house as organized as possible during a very involved updating ... Read More »

Super Quick Chicken Marinade

super quick chicken marinade

We’re all getting back to a more ‘normal’ routine after the month of fasting in Ramadan, which in my house actually means more cooking- or at least more need to be prepared for three meals a day instead of 1.5, as at least either our Iftar or Suhoor doesn’t take up a lot of our stomach space by the end ... Read More »

Mostaccioli: The Great Italian Party Dish

cheesy mostaccioli

Every family has a favorite party dish, regardless of cultural background or ethnic makeup or religious observance. I happen to think that every special occasion in my family should contain a very large pasta dish of some sort: lasagna, pasta with meatballs, eggplant Parmesan or mostaccioli, that oven baked pasta dish that is oh-so filling and warms up the house ... Read More »

Classic Tiramisu- Without the Alcohol

Tiramisu in glass dish

Tiramisu, the quintessential Sicilian dessert, and the ultimate party food.  Although I’m (half) Sicilian, I didn’t grow up with this dessert at family dinner tables. I’m not exactly sure why no one ever made it, but it took for me to travel to Italy and taste the real deal for the first time to be hooked, over and over again.  Needless ... Read More »

Lukhmi: Minced Meat Savory Samosa, Hyderbadi Style

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This Ramadan recipe comes to us from Lubna Karim, the India-based and very talented food blogger and photographer of  Kitchen Flavours. Make them for Eid, too, or simply any time of year… After many years I am at mom’s place during Ramadan, so the celebration is doubled. My mom loves to make so many different Iftar recipes and we love ... Read More »

Baked Shrimp with Garlic, Fresh Herbs and Red Pepper Paste

On my Sicilian side of the family, they really love shrimp. My aunts bake it in the oven with some very simple ingredients like garlic, parsley and olive oil. The taste, smell and flavor is everything I remember about Sicilian summers and about my family here and there. I never really learned the exact recipe for it, but after tasting ... Read More »

Thai Red Curry Chicken & Vegetables Stir Fry

cooked stir fry 2

If you’re anything like me and sometimes just really get a craving for hot and spicy Thai food, or any type of Asian food but don’t have the time or energy to go out shopping for ingredients you don’t always need on hand, I’ve got a great recipe for you. It’s quick, easy, doesn’t require a whole lot of ingredients ... Read More »