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At The Martha Stewart Show 1st Annual Pie Bake-Off

It’s been several weeks since I’ve returned from New York City and the Martha Stewart Pie Show. I still feel elated by just being there, as it was truly one of the most exciting things a foodie like myself could ever be invited to attend.   The moment I received the invitation to bring my own homemade pie to be judged by some of ... Read More »

Open-Faced Apple Tart & How My Halal Kitchen Was Born

I’ve had the fortune of being asked to contribute to some wonderful projects & work with some very talented people in the last couple of months.  I wanted to share with all of you readers a couple of pieces that were published on the website, Muslim Voices: Voices and Visions of Islam from a Global Perspective. One of our dessert recipes ... Read More »

Learn Your Chocolate

The Chocolate Lover

  The Chocolate Lovers’ Guide and Tasting Journal is a non-fiction book combining the fundamentals of chocolate including types of chocolate, varieties of chocolate, storing chocolate, tasting chocolate and your impressions, and a place to record your chocolate’s history and tasting as well as saving your chocolate’s wrapper.  It is a device to record your journey through your chocolate world ... Read More »

Banana Blueberry Loaf

I’ve been testing this recipe for several years. It’s a favorite of my husband who requests it every time he opens the freezer to a plethora of frozen bananas I’ve stocked away for ‘that yogurt cake’ he likes so much. One lesson I’ve learned here is that it seems to turn out better when whisked by hand as opposed to ... Read More »

Chocolate is Healthy…?

Yes! Chocolate is very healthy, according to author Annmarie Kostyk who recently published a book to that same end. The information below comes from a recent press release about Chocolate is Healthy!, a book I’m very excited to get a hold of…hopefully soon! Of course I’ll be all over the delectable recipes she’s offering in the book, even ones for the ... 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 »

Chicago Green City Market, Alice Waters & Honey Crisp Apple Pie

We made it to the farmers’ market last Saturday just in time for the book signing to begin. I was a bit surprised to see how small the market was, but soon realized that not all the produce farmers arrived yet, due to the limited availability of items during the early spring season. That could be why the market will ... Read More »

Free Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream…and other Chicago Ice Cream Options

Ice cream-good ice cream- is usually on my mind when the weather starts to warm up a bit more than it is now. Today in Chicago it rained, and hailed! Yesterday it was also rainy and cold, but we still decided to try out a homemade ice cream shop that hides inside a small shopping plaza of mostly Oriental stores. ... Read More »

The Quickest Fruit Compote Isn’t Just For Dessert

If you’re anything like me, you buy a whole bag of apples with the intention of providing healthy snacks for yourself and your family all week long. The problem in my case is that I try to convince myself that two people in a household can finish them before they lose their crunch. And sometimes husbands request an apple dessert, ... Read More »