Italian

Three-Cheese Baked Pasta

three cheese baked ditalini

Pasta is such a quick, easy and filling dinner meal. This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, but it’ll help you get a satisfying meal on the table in no-time. Check out my list of where you can find halal cheeses on the front page under the category, Halal Cheese & Dairy. Three-Cheese Baked Pasta Serves 4-6 Ingredients 2 ... Read More »

Sun-Dried Tomato & Cheese Appetizers

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Ever been in a pinch for a quick appetizer or dish to take to an event or someone’s home? I had a meeting over with the awesome folks at Crescent Foods and decided I wanted to bring something. Last time it was my banana blueberry loaf, but this time I wanted to bring someting savory so I decided on this super ... Read More »

Chicken Parmesan for Two

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There’s just two of us at home for dinner on most nights, unless we have guests.  With guests dinner just instantly doubles or quadruples and I can make great use out of larger pots and pans.  So, because of the clean up involved, on most nights it’s a pain to use big, oversized dishes when I only need just a small pan ... Read More »

Homemade Pizza

Cuisinart Cast Iron Pizza Pan

  Homemade Pizza. It’s by far my #1 favorite food. Anything with cheese. Anything with bread. When you combine the two, you have my undivided attention. I grew up on my Sicilian grandmother’s homemade pizza. With homemade sauce. She would make pizza on the days she was making her homemade bread. The whole family would gather in the evening just to ... Read More »

Vegetable & Basil Penne Pasta

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I’m often asked by readers to provide quick and easy meals for busy families. To be quite honest, I’m really not a cook who goes out of her way to make most things, so quick and easy is my preferred style. I don’ t have the time or the desire (usually) to complicate my life by running back and forth ... Read More »

Chocolate Mousse Cups | ‘Eid Bazaar Baking

Handmade Moroccan Candles

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 ... Read More »

Organic Ohio: Seasonal Salsa, Sicilian Swiss Chard and More

Dwarf Pear Tree in A Neighbor

Going back to Ohio this year at the cusp of summer’s end and the start of fall was a really blessed opportunity to appreciate what’s so beautiful about rural communities, ethnic neighborhoods and simple, all-American living. I was born here, raised here, and spent some of my best years in the nooks and crannies of this rustic place. I rode ... Read More »

Quick Pickled Peppers

Pickling Peppers

I’ve been really enjoying my time in Ohio among all the backyard gardeners in my family and in our neighborhood. Needless to say, I have been overwhelmed with the amount of produce people have gifted us, but found that pickling was the answer to enjoy the sweet and the hot peppers from my aunt’s garden. In general, the pickling process ... Read More »

Italian Lamb Stew

Italian Lamb with Peppers

‘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 this way of preparing the ... Read More »

Peppers & Tomatoes Stuffed with Couscous…and a Drizzle of Lemon Olive Oil

Pre-Cooked Peppers

It’s a common Mediterranean and Middle Eastern culinary habit to stuff vegetables with a variety of grains such as rice or couscous as well as ground meats or nuts like pistachios. That said, this dish is amazingly versatile. If you don’t have peppers, you can substitute zucchinis or eggplants instead; if you don’t have couscous, try cooked rice or meat ... Read More »