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Super Quick Cherry Galette

Let’s face it- we’re all busy. We want to eat healthy and watch the ingredients in our food products for safety and for their halal factor, but it isn’t always possible to do absolutely everything from scratch, nor is it practical for most people. I’ll be the first one to say that it used to be a huge stress on my mind to want so much to make pleasing baked goods for family gatherings or visits to friends’ homes, but no time to do it. It helps to know that there are more and more wonderful vendors of great, high-quality products that meet halal standards which help us put together a nice, somewhat homemade gift or simply a treat for yourself at home.

I love this super quick cherry galette recipe because I’m tied to the memory of buying the cherries on a wonderful weekend getaway to Door County, Wisconsin. Fresh cherry season was over, but it seemed as though the entire county got busy dried and preserving these bursting red, tart cherries. I checked around to a lot of the local shops to see which one had the least amount of extra ingredients and make sure that fruit pectin was used before buying a jar of preserved cherries. My thoughts were that someday down the line this Fall, I would love to warm up the house with a cherry pie or galette, even if I had to purchase a good quality pie crust, even though I normally make my own.

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‘Eid Cupcakes with Vanilla Orange Mascarpone Frosting

It’s hard to believe that Ramadan is over and we’re now celebrating ‘Eid-ul-Fitr, the three-day long holiday that Muslims all over the world will be celebrating. After 30 days of fasting from dawn to sunset, it seems appropriate to enjoy family and friends–and some great food, including healthy sweets.

I made these cupcakes just before ‘Eid to test on family members- pre-approval is very important- and they didn’t seem to mind. Everyone seemed to love the colorful and varied cupcake wrappers by Silver Envelope.

If you don’t have sugared pearls to top the cupcakes with, you can simply frost and leave them; alternatively, you can sprinkle with your favorite all-natural color sprinkles. How pretty they’ll look!

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Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Dressing

Potluck parties are nice, but just the word ‘potluck’ is a bit unappealing to some people who say that the idea of hoping to be ‘lucky’ about what ends up at a dinner where everyone brings a dish is more risk than they’d like to take with regards to their food. Jokes abound about this concept of communal eating, but no doubt it’s a common way of gathering and eating and can be a great way to experience variety, whether the party is big or small.

Cuban Sandwiches and a Table Spread at a Small Cuban-Inspired Iftar Dinner

When I was a college student (won’t say how long ago that was), I enjoyed potluck parties so much because it was a great way for everyone to have home-cooked meals from a small apartment dining room table that looked like a beautiful international buffet. My university had a large international student population, some of whom became good friends, so I was able to try things that I don’t even have the opportunity to eat now: South American specialties from places like Columbia, Peru, and Ecuador; Middle Eastern specialties from small villages, Malaysian curries, Indonesian satays, Indian sweets and so much more.

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Ricotta Pie

The last ten days of Ramadan are upon us and it’s a special time for Muslims to really try as hard as possible to dedicate a good amount of time (especially in the night hours) to prayer, spiritual reflection, repentance and worship of the Creator. Most people aren’t thinking so much of food and gatherings … Read more

Coconut & Chocolate Macaroons

‘Eid Mubarak to all of you and your families! What are you doing to celebrate ‘Eid? What have you given as gifts to your family, friends and neighbors? What have you eaten and shared with those you love?  I have so many questions…

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Easy Eid Recipes

Hajj season has begun, at the end of which Muslims the world over will celebrate Eid al-Adha, the second of two Muslim holidays in the lunar calendar year. Most people will have small or large gatherings, though not as large as ‘Eid al-Fitr, or the celebration that marks the end of the month of fasting during … Read more

Chocolate Mousse Cups | ‘Eid Bazaar Baking

I had the great fortune of being able to do a little baking for a local school bazaar this past weekend. Teachers were raising money to fund the children’s Hajj re-enactment program where the kids learn how to properly perform the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. You see, it’s Hajj ‘season’, meaning that most piligrims from all over the world have left their homes for Mecca, Saudia Arabia, to fulfill one of the pillars of Islam: the once in a life trip to one of the holiest cities for Muslims. If one can so afford to do it after other worldy obligations are cared for, he or she should go and spend 10 days to perform the rites and rituals asked by God of every Muslim.

I decided on some of my family favorites as well as baked goods I thought every mom and every kid would want to enjoy at the bazaar:

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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

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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