October 2013

Ramen Noodle Soup with Lamb, Bok Choy and Mushrooms

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Here in the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday shopping extravaganzas are both over. The big whole turkey meal and turkey leftovers are gone for most people and perhaps the mere thought of  anything made with it like turkey soup, turkey hash, turkey burgers, turkey lasagna, and turkey sandwiches are making people seriously tired of the same ingredient on ... Read More »

Cranberry Sauce with Apples & Pears

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The first winter break home from college was the first time I ever made Thanksgiving dinner for my family. I had never attempted it before and I actually didn’t even know I was going to be the one cooking until a few days before. My mom bought all the ingredients and gave me the Williams-Sonoma handbook of Thanksgiving cooking. It was a ... Read More »

No-Bake Sweets by Saffron Road- Some of My New Favorite Things

I have to admit that when I first saw the new dessert cups by Saffron Road, I had a few thoughts, or assumptions rather- they’re adorable, they’re phyllo cups so they must be interesting and they’ll probably take about 10-12 minutes to bake in the oven, assuming they’re a frozen product. I was wrong about the last part. I couldn’t ... Read More »

Cooking On the Farm with Saffron Road’s New Halal Lamb Broth + a Giveaway

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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw some of my snapshots last month where I traveled to an Elkhort, Wisconsin farm to conduct a cooking demo for the Chicago-based halal meat supplier Whole Earth Meats. The event was called “Eid on the Farm” and it was a unique opportunity for families could come to enjoy the scenery, food ... Read More »

Halal Pepperoni Pizza with Recipe for Homemade Sauce and Dough

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I grew up eating homemade pizza and pizza from very good local pizzerias. Both were excellent, though completely different from one another- one being the American version of pepperoni pizzas and the other being my grandmother’s version of the traditional Sicilian style pizza made from scratch and made like no other pizza in town. My grandmother made pizza on the ... Read More »

An Easy Way to Protect Your Floors & Walls

It’s amazing what doing a lot of things yourself in your house can do to your psyche. First of all, it makes you feel really accountable for caring for the things in your home that you worked very hard to purchase and that now you want to protect and keep looking nice. Though I haven’t posted it yet, we put in some ... Read More »

Weekend Garden Project: Tulip Planting

Think Spring Now

Are you looking for something to do around the house and garden this weekend? Or, simply just don’t know what you can do to plan ahead? Well, planning for the spring garden is a great thing to do right now. Bulbs of all sorts can be planted right now- I chose these beautiful pink tulips to plant so that next ... Read More »

10 Uses for Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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We see pumpkins everywhere right now, don’t we? And they come in all shapes and sizes and even colors (i.e. orange, green, light beige). They’re kind of intimidating when you look at them. Hard, rounded but not perfectly round. Many have ridges that make them hard to cut, too. Forget about using a small knife, too- you need a chef’s ... Read More »

Fig & Apple Panini with Melted Cheese + a Side Salad with Creamy Date Vinaigrette

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By now, you might know that Fall is my absolute favorite season- for everything, but mostly for three very specific things: to wear comfy sweaters and jeans, to take walks or drives to admire the changing Autumn leaves and to visit  farmers markets for the gorgeous late harvest produce. I’m not a fan of the heat or humidity, which is ... Read More »

Korean Slow Cooked Beef & Vegetables

Korean Slow Cooked Beef with Saffron Road Simmer Sauce

Since we’ve moved into our house and begun construction, it’s the simple things in life that have kind of gone straight out the window- like an organized closet, knowing where all my cooking spices are, and the luxury (because it truly is) of having a working stove hooked up to a gas line, right next to a working sink where ... Read More »