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Ramadan 2013

Super Quick Chicken Marinade

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We’re all getting back to a more ‘normal’ routine after the month of fasting in Ramadan, which in my house actually means more cooking- or at least more need to be prepared for three meals a day instead of 1.5, as at least either our Iftar or Suhoor doesn’t take up a lot of our stomach space by the end ... Read More »

Mostaccioli: The Great Italian Party Dish

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Every family has a favorite party dish, regardless of cultural background or ethnic makeup or religious observance. I happen to think that every special occasion in my family should contain a very large pasta dish of some sort: lasagna, pasta with meatballs, eggplant Parmesan or mostaccioli, that oven baked pasta dish that is oh-so filling and warms up the house ... Read More »

Classic Tiramisu- Without the Alcohol

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Tiramisu, the quintessential Sicilian dessert, and the ultimate party food.  Although I’m (half) Sicilian, I didn’t grow up with this dessert at family dinner tables. I’m not exactly sure why no one ever made it, but it took for me to travel to Italy and taste the real deal for the first time to be hooked, over and over again.  Needless ... Read More »

Lukhmi: Minced Meat Savory Samosa, Hyderbadi Style

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This Ramadan recipe comes to us from Lubna Karim, the India-based and very talented food blogger and photographer of  Kitchen Flavours. Make them for Eid, too, or simply any time of year… After many years I am at mom’s place during Ramadan, so the celebration is doubled. My mom loves to make so many different Iftar recipes and we love ... Read More »

Baked Shrimp with Garlic, Fresh Herbs and Red Pepper Paste

On my Sicilian side of the family, they really love shrimp. My aunts bake it in the oven with some very simple ingredients like garlic, parsley and olive oil. The taste, smell and flavor is everything I remember about Sicilian summers and about my family here and there. I never really learned the exact recipe for it, but after tasting ... Read More »

Thai Red Curry Chicken & Vegetables Stir Fry

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If you’re anything like me and sometimes just really get a craving for hot and spicy Thai food, or any type of Asian food but don’t have the time or energy to go out shopping for ingredients you don’t always need on hand, I’ve got a great recipe for you. It’s quick, easy, doesn’t require a whole lot of ingredients ... Read More »

Tips on Creating an Eid Party for Adults + a Giveaway from Eid Creations

This post comes to us from Rana Bacaloni, the creator of Eid Creations, a wholesale Islamic party supply store online. Read more about Rana and the vision of her company at the end of this post.  I remember when we were young, Eid was such a fun event.  It was a time to gather with the family and play with all ... Read More »

Non-Alcoholic Piña Colada Drink

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While fasting the other day, I overheard someone talking about a magnificent drink that was very tropical in nature and was actually something I had been meaning to make in a long while, stopping short at the inclusion of alcohol, of course. My taste buds were so keen to trying this drink that I searched my cabinets and found everything ... Read More »

Tuna, Red Pepper, Garlic and Basil Pasta

gorgeous tuna pasta with basil

My entire house has been under construction for several months now, and we’re living right in the midst of it. My kitchen is functional, but not exactly one that I’m accustomed to, partially because I keep thinking of all the ways I want it to be in the future, insha’allah, but also because I refuse to unpack every single kitchen ... Read More »

5 of My Favorite Things This Ramadan

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It takes a lot for me to find things I really love. I’m not only picky about what comes into my home, but I’ve come to a point in my life where I only want to surround myself with things that I absolutely love. It’s quality over quantity and it helps me to simplify everything from household goods to what I stock ... Read More »