Several months ago I attended the Eat Write Retreat event for food writers and bloggers, which took place in Washington, D.C. It was a weekend filled with discussions and a chance to meet some very interesting people in the food industry. Cookbook author Michael Natkin was one of those people. He talked about the process of writing Herbivoracious, an incredibly ... Read More »
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It’s so hard to believe the month of Ramadan is nearly over, which is a bit sad for us because we love it so much. It’s such a time of being scheduled and focused and distraction-free. However bittersweet the end is, there is also a great reward in the three-day long celebration of ‘Eid ul Fitr, where we can enjoy ... Read More »
Ramadan + summer= a great time for fresh and delicious fruit salads. Believe it or not, there is a way to make fruits salads even better, particularly when they’re part of the Iftar (breaking of the fast) part of the sunset meal and need to be made ahead of time for guests. Fresh fruit salad paired with Saffron Road’s new ... Read More »
It’s one thing to have halal meats available at my local grocer, all nicely packaged and ready for me to take home to cook as needed; it’s a whole other pleasure to have it delivered right to my door- literally. And that’s exactly what I’ve been experiencing with Taaza2u, a Chicagoland halal meat (and other grocery items) delivery service of ... Read More »
Have you ever tried argan oil? It is some really amazing stuff that is great for cooking as well as making yourself beautiful on a budget…not that you need any more beautifying, of course. In the past year I’ve been using it in my cooking and even more so on my sensitive skin (the cosmetic grade) in a massive effort ... Read More »
The first time I ever had Keema (that wonderful Indian-spiced ground beef dish) was during one of my very first Suhoor (pre-dawn) meals with family friends. I was invited to spend the weekend with them in Chicago during Ramadan. I had no idea whatsoever that people actually ate savory foods for a meal so early in the morning. Read More »
One of my favorite summertime recipes is for Buffalo Wings. The first time I ever had them was way back in college- it was the late night food of choice with friends- we didn’t have a care in the world about eating spicy food at that hour, or any food at all for that matter. It was quick, easy, inexpensive, ... Read More »
Violet Rice Pudding Recipe & a Chance to Learn How to Make Chocolate From a Professional Chocolatier
Uzma Sharif is a Chicago-based chocolatier and owner of Chocolat Uzma, both an online shop and a brick and mortar one in Chicago. I just love supporting women in business, and those running a specialty food business at that. Her chocolates are infused with the exotic aromas of South Asia and made so beautiful you need some time to enjoy them ... Read More »
It’s summer. It’s Ramadan. Do you blame me for craving a burger? Hopefully not, because maybe you are, too. Chances are there’s plenty of people grilling the summer away as much as possible, since that’s usually the most popular item to throw on. In my case, grilling isn’t so easy so I opt for either oven baking or pan sautéing ... Read More »
I’ve been told for years that haleem, the puréed meat and grains dish with South Asian flavors, is a favorite Iftar dish for so many Muslims observing the Ramadan fast. Though not a common way of eating meat American-style, (cooked down for hours and combined with grains all puréed together) if you pre-judge it and dismiss it, you may never ... Read More »