European

Swedish Crab Canapes

Snails and Real Crab Meat

Ok, I know I’m really pushing this whole Scandinavian food thing here. Most people weren’t really turned on to the Norwegian Veal Scallops in Cream Sauce. Why? I have no idea, because when you actually try them you’ll truly enjoy veal in a whole new way you’ve not probably tried before. Open minds and open taste buds are critical aspects ... Read More »

Scandinavian Dishes Made Halal: Norwegian Veal Scallops in Cream Sauce

Norwegian Dishes Made Halal

My most recent food interest has cast me far away into the land of the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. I never imagined I would find such an incredibly clean and tasty way of cooking and choosing ingredients from lands far colder than Chicago. I’ve learned by watching cooking shows such as New Scandinavian Cooking and A Perfect ... Read More »

Frittata al Tonno (Tuna Omelet)

  What’s so ironic about writing about food and testing recipes all day is that I find myself looking for quicker meals to make than I ever have before. I work two steps away from my kitchen, yet most days I have very little time to make extravagent meals. Well, I figure many others are just as busy and most people ... Read More »

Penne Pasta with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce

Penne Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce

One of the best things about large squash such as pumpkin is that since they have a long shelf life, you can decorate your home with them (I personally prefer the real thing to any plastic decor) and still have time later on to use them for what they were created- as food.   Now think about taking those pumpkins off your doorstep and ... Read More »

Fettucine with Simple Caper-Bechamel Sauce

This sauce is a delicious classic with subtle, yet flavorful additions that pair beautifully with the thickness of fettuccine style pasta, although any pasta noodle would be just fine. Serves 4 Ingredients 2 cups whole milk 1 large bay leaf, crushed 1/8 tsp. salt, plus more to taste 1/8 tsp. pepper 2 TB. whole milk butter, unsalted 3 TB. unbleached ... Read More »

Sweet Tomato Preserve

Sweet Tomato Preserve

I.  Love.  Tomatoes. Being Sicilian, you sort of have to or you may never eat. Ok, that’s a bit extreme, I realize.  All jokes aside,  I really do love all the creativity this wonderful summer food allows me to have in the kitchen as I explore a multitude of dishes, no matter what type of cuisine I’m in the mood to cook. At ... Read More »

Italian Stovetop Eggs

Hunt

A recipe of mainly Italian ingredients, this meal will leave you satisfied and energized throughout the day, insha’allah.  Serve with rustic Italain bread, pita or whatever type of bread you like to scoop up the tomato and cheesy parts.  Organic Eggs – Hunt’s Organic Farm (Oberlin, Ohio) This recipe serves two, but is easy to double or triple the measurements. If ... Read More »

Baked Stuffed Peaches Topped with Mascarpone Cream

Traditionally made with cognac, I decided to try using white grape juice as a substitute ingredient in this baked fruit dessert. The result was nothing short of delectable. Even for those who avoid fruit as dessert, trust me. It’s worth a taste. *Cooks tip: You’ll probably have plenty of leftover mascarpone cheese mixture from this recipe. Don’t let it go to waste– it ... Read More »

Chocolate Faucets and French Pastry School

Few of us have ever experienced the sublimity of being near a fountain of flowing chocolate, never mind a kitchen faucet that brings forth silky milk chocolate at one’s disposal. Even fewer of us have the opportunity to work for a living with the most beloved baking ingredient in the world…chocolate.  If you’ve ever dreamed of being as close to ... Read More »

5-Minute Frittata

This is the quickest oven-baked frittata to prepare. Normally I would add flour and milk to a dish like this, but on the day it was made, I was in such a hurry there was no time to think about accurately measuring the two. It resulted in one of the fluffiest and most delicious frittatas we’ve ever had-simplicity at its ... Read More »