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Cranberry Sauce with Apples & Pears

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The first winter break home from college was the first time I ever made Thanksgiving dinner for my family. I had never attempted it before and I actually didn’t even know I was going to be the one cooking until a few days before. My mom bought all the ingredients and gave me the Williams-Sonoma handbook of Thanksgiving cooking. It was a ... Read More »

No-Bake Sweets by Saffron Road- Some of My New Favorite Things

I have to admit that when I first saw the new dessert cups by Saffron Road, I had a few thoughts, or assumptions rather- they’re adorable, they’re phyllo cups so they must be interesting and they’ll probably take about 10-12 minutes to bake in the oven, assuming they’re a frozen product. I was wrong about the last part. I couldn’t ... Read More »

Cooking On the Farm with Saffron Road’s New Halal Lamb Broth + a Giveaway

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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw some of my snapshots last month where I traveled to an Elkhort, Wisconsin farm to conduct a cooking demo for the Chicago-based halal meat supplier Whole Earth Meats. The event was called “Eid on the Farm” and it was a unique opportunity for families could come to enjoy the scenery, food ... Read More »

Roast the Flesh of Pumpkin and Squash with their Seeds

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You know that messy clump of flesh that you pull out with the seeds of pumpkins and other squash? Why bother yourself trying to pull it apart from the seeds? That’s time-intensive and messier than simply pulling it all out together and throwing it on a baking sheet where it can all bake and roast together. It’s all edible, after ... Read More »

Use an Oil Spray to Prep Pumpkin Seeds for Baking

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No more fuss over how much oil to use when spraying pumpkin or other squash seeds with oil when it’s time to roast them in the oven. Use an oil sprayer (found at most home goods stores like TJ Maxx, Home Goods or Bed Bath & Beyond) and it takes a lot of the mess and guessing out of the ... Read More »

How to Prep Chestnuts for Baking or Sautéeing

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This helps the chestnuts’ hard outer shell soften up a bit, making it easier to cut an “x” over the top (a.k.a. “scoring”), which opens up the meat of the chestnut. The hard outer shell would be even more difficult to open up after cooking or baking, so the scoring process gives you a leg up on breaking them open ... Read More »

Halal Pepperoni Pizza with Recipe for Homemade Sauce and Dough

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I grew up eating homemade pizza and pizza from very good local pizzerias. Both were excellent, though completely different from one another- one being the American version of pepperoni pizzas and the other being my grandmother’s version of the traditional Sicilian style pizza made from scratch and made like no other pizza in town. My grandmother made pizza on the ... Read More »

An Easy Way to Protect Your Floors & Walls

It’s amazing what doing a lot of things yourself in your house can do to your psyche. First of all, it makes you feel really accountable for caring for the things in your home that you worked very hard to purchase and that now you want to protect and keep looking nice. Though I haven’t posted it yet, we put in some ... Read More »

[Video] My Interview of Adnan Durrani, Chief Halal Officer at Saffron Road Food

This is our longest video in the series of interviews we conducted at the Halal Food Festival here in Chicago. It’s longer than the others and chock full of information about Chief Halal Officer of Saffron Road Food, Adnan Durrani’s journey through entrepreneurship in the halal industry. He offers insight and tips for those interested in pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors which ... Read More »

[Video] My Interview of Amin Aaser of Noor Kids Book Series

Although not necessarily a food-related product, I have a real affinity for Noor Kids books for several very important reasons. One is that the are excellent books for kids that teach them about Islam in a fun, colorful and visual way with cartoon characters the kids can get to know throughout the series. Amin Aaser, the Harvard educated co-creator of the ... Read More »