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5 Ways to Host an ‘Eidpalooza

I’m delighted to introduce you to a local Chicago woman who is doing some fabulous and unique things to help people celebrate   special occasions or take business branding ‘Up a Notch’. She ships her personalized party favors across the country in creative wrapping, and in this post Kiran Ansari offers tips on how to really bring life to ‘Eid ... Read More »

An Interview About Moroccan Interior Design with Maryam Montague

You might remember that not too long ago I published a review of the gorgeous design book, Marrakesh by Design, by American expat Maryam Montague who resides in Morocco and runs a boutique hotel called Peacock Pavillions. I was so enamored with the book and envisioned you, my readers, being able to enjoy it, too so that you could also ... Read More »

Tell Your Neighbors About Ramadan and ‘Eid With Homemade Goodie Bags

Nearly ten years ago when I began speaking at local libraries, churches and schools about Islam, Muslims, Ramadan, and/or ‘Eid, I would carry a bag of educational materials like handouts, brochures, power point presentations and more instructional things of that nature. It wasn’t until I started going to public schools with my friends who have children that I realized how ... Read More »

Video Tip: Quick Ways to Defrost Meat Safely

defrost, food safety, how to defrost meats

I’ve heard (and seen) one too many times that people find it perfectly fine to defrost meat over the counter, overnight. This is a big no-no in food safety because bacteria begins to form on meat when it reaches unsafe temperatures- basically temperatures warmer than your home refrigerator. We all lead busy lives and find ourselves with a frozen brick ... Read More »

Video Tips: How to Save Time and Money at the Grocery Store

grocery store, video tips

I finally decided to put some of my tips on video for you! Isn’t that fun? Well, it was fun for me to get started so I hope you enjoy- let me know what you think. There are more being cooked up where this one came from (my office)… Have a great day, everyone! (P.S. you can subscribe to my ... Read More »

How to Check Red Meat for Freshness in Three Easy Steps

raw meat, halal meat, red meat

Meat can be one of the tastiest foods on the planet, or the most dangerous, depending upon how it reaches you. Read More »

The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert: Cookbook Review and Recipe

Moroccan food, cuisine, amlou, North African, Paula Wolfert

I’ve been following Paula Wolfert, food writer and expert of Moroccan cuisine for many years. She has written numerous books on clay pot cooking and Moroccan cuisine, both of which have intrigued me immensly since my first trip there in 1995. Her latest book, The Food of Morocco, is a real treasure of collected recipes, photos capturing the Moroccan landscape, and antectodes of ... Read More »

Citrus Presses

variety of citrus presses

Most of us don’t think about having citrus fruits in the winter as eating seasonally, but the fact is that somewhere from November to February (late fall thru the winter) juicy lemons, limes, grapefruit and oranges are in season–in warm places throughout the world such as Florida, California and even some parts of Arizona. To extract the juices there are a variety ... Read More »

Halal Pepperoni Pizza Bread

Pepperoni Pizza Bread

I love Fridays and for some reason I’m always craving pizza on Friday evenings. Maybe it’s the comfort food factor or the fact that it just seems so easy to prepare, at least if you’re not doing everything from scratch. So, you’ll be relieved to find this recipe for a semi-homemade pizza bread that you can make quite easily and ... Read More »

The ‘Cook What You’ve Got’ Challenge

Pie made from cast iron pan

Many of you already know that recently I’ve moved- within Chicago but still across town and with enough stuff to require a truck much larger than I’m capable of driving (though my husband seemed to enjoy getting behind the wheel of anything larger than his tiny, gas-saving compact car). I’ve shared  some of the photos, angst and toils surrounding the move ... Read More »