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Oven Roasted Lamb Chops

I don’t normally set out to by lamb chops, but instead I wait for the Qurbani meat to come when there are so many included in the package.  It gives me something to look forward to and I know they’re super-fresh.

Today, I didn’t plan on making lamb chops. Instead, I planned on making a lamb stew with pumpkin, sweet potatoes and chickpeas. I planned on using the thick pieces of meat that I thought I labeled on my freezer bags a few days ago. Come to realize when I opened my defrosted bag of meat that I had two beautiful thick chops ready to be cooked; not my stew meat.

Re-freezing is not an option to me so I decided to go ahead and quickly season and roast these chops. They turned out so tasty that I just had to share the recipe. They were seasoned so simply and cooked slowly to allow the taste of the meat to shine through. It’s the perfect recipe for a beautiful gourmet dinner at home without all the fuss.

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Chorizo and Eggs

It’s been more than ten years since I’ve eaten chorizo, a type of Spanish sausage spiced with flavors like paprika which gives it an orange color. The reason I haven’t had it in so many years is because it’s mostly made with pork. The only time I remember having it was on some tacos in Mexico during my time in the Yucatán. It’s quite popular in all Latin American countries, actually.

Chorizo and Eggs, not quite finished here

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Cherry-Strawberry Frozen Juice

Contrary to what might be popular belief, not every Muslim family is a large one. There are people all over the world, especially in the U.S. who live far away from extended family whether overseas or across the country. There are those new to Islam who will be breaking the fast alone or with just one other person (i.e. couples, students, singles, etc.) during Ramadan.

If you’re one of those people, why not make iftar special (without all the fuss), even if it’s a small one?

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Stuffed Chayote with Carne Molida | Caribbean Squash with Ground Beef

How do you decide which recipes to make daily or on special occasions? What sparks your interest? A good photo? A mouth-watering description in a cookbook? The smell of a particular food coming from a neighbor’s house? A memory of someone?

For me, it’s usually a little bit of each, but this time tidbits of stories about my abuelita {grandmother} motivated me to hunt down chayote {a Caribbean squash}, stuff it with seasoned carne molida {ground beef} and serve it how she might have from her mountain home of Orocovis, Puerto Rico.

The background story is that my grandmother was an exceptional cook, someone who could whip up a meal with just a few ingredients on hand. I have some memories of her, but never of her cooking. I only remember her while she infrequently visited here in the States. She came with bundles of guava candy, coconut candy, and savory pasteles. I never knew how much people loved her food.

Until recently.

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Italian Lamb Stew

‘Eid Mubarak to you and your families! May all your fasts and prayers be accepted.  We’ve fasted the month of Ramadan and now it’s time to enjoy the celebration of ‘Eid with family and friends. Lamb dishes are usually a must on ‘Eid day celebrations, but every culture has a different, delicious way of making it. I love … Read more

Hangar Steak with Mango Salsa

A great summer dish to leave you satisfied and refreshed all at once this hangar steak can be grilled indoors or out. Prepare the salsa first so the steak isn’t waiting t0o long to be accompanied by its sweet & savory counterpart, the mango salsa. Mango Salsa Ingredients Serves 4 1 clove garlic, minced 1 mango, … Read more

Udhiyah Lamb & Lentil Stew

I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to cook the freshest lamb possible, something we really only get once a year. Today when we picked up our Udhiya (also known as Qurbani, or the sacrificial meat of ‘Eid ul Adha time) at Mediterranean Oasis (Naperville, IL) I had no idea how I would be cooking it. I … Read more

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