Seasonal Recipes

Kathy Hester’s Indian Yogurt Salad

yogurt salad with pita

Kathy Hester is a food blogger and the author of some really great cookbooks that I’m happy to know about and have on my bookshelf because they demonstrate wonderful ways to substitute meat when you want to or you have to, for one reason or another. We met briefly at the Eat Write Retreat in Washington, D.C. a couple of years ago and later ... Read More »

Carrot Purée as a Healthy Secret Ingredient

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I learned a really cool cooking idea many years ago that I’ve used over and over again to flavor soups, rice dishes and more. It’ll also help you use up that whole bag of carrots that’s going bad in your fridge right now. If you have kids, you can also use the same trick to slip into a whole host ... Read More »

Halal Korean Cuisine Made Delicious and Convenient

Beef Bulgogi by Saffron Road

When I first came to Chicago over thirteen ago, the last type of cuisine I ever thought I would fall in love with is Korean, not for any other reason than the fact that I had no idea there was such a large population of Koreans living in and around the city. The first way I found out was by ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie Recipe Card Printables

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We’ve been talking about pumpkin a lot lately, way before Thanksgiving, just about as soon as the leaves started to change colors. It’s when many of use get excited about cooking and baking with these garden gems. Since pumpkins and other gourds last so long and can so well, they can be used way into the winter season for all ... 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 »

Creamy Fusilli Pasta with Swiss Chard and Chicken

creamy pasta with swiss chard

I have the most convenient times for food cravings. Right now our kitchen is completely unusable while it’s under construction. The stove is off the gas line, the sink is not even anywhere in the kitchen but resides in the middle of our living room hanging out and waiting for the demolition to be over and the re-building to begin ... Read More »

Just Add Dates

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One of the easiest things  you can do to a salad to spruce it up is to add something surprisingly sweet. I love chopped dates in my salads, especially around the end of summer and early fall when things like pears and apples are in season. They pair so beautifully with the chewy sweetness of dates and are delicious topped with a ... Read More »

Kumato Tomato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

I feel like every year there has to be a late summer salad made of just tomatoes (in terms of produce) and I like to experiment by making a unique one. Last year, I made salads with a lot of heirloom tomatoes and salsa with the tomatillos from my garden. This year, since moving I haven’t been able to grow much except for ... Read More »

New York Strip Steak with Buttery Mushrooms & Onions

New York Strip Steak with Mushrooms & Onions

Every now and again, I forget that I can go out and get an amazing cut of halal meat to bring home and make a great steak. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that I basically put it out of my mind that it was an easy task to find the all-American style cuts of meat I grew up ... Read More »