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Insalata Caprese

Just because it’s not summer, it doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in a craving for fresh produce and a taste of sunny Italy…at least I don’t deny myself that when I find great organic tomatoes, fresh basil and of course the best fresh mozzarella around. It’s such a treat and takes away some of … Read more

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

I can’t remember the last time we had mashed potatoes from a box. Just the thought of it brings to mind the empty feeling I get from any foods that are simply a semblance of real food. I know it’s convenient, economical and sometimes the only option for people, but perhaps if we looked to … Read more

How to Make Gravy

Making gravy is sometimes an intimidating  task, but it doesn’t have to be! In fact, once you try it out and practice a few times, it’s super rewarding to know that you don’t have to rely on any type of packet to make it.  These are the main store-bought ingredients I use: unbleached flour, chicken broth, … Read more

Angus Beef Burger with Cheese

While grilling season may seem like it’s winding down or at a complete dead halt here in Chicago (we got a sudden cold spell), the weather usually takes a turn upwards again and we get a streak of a couple of hot (or at least some very warm days) where everyone wants to grill something. … Read more

Cucumber, Red Onion, and Avocado Salad

 At the time I made this recipe, it still felt like summer. Two short days later, it feels like we skipped right to Autumn and possibly on the verge of winter. Oh well, I’ll eat avocados at any time of year and when mixed with cucumbers and red onions, it reminds me of summer days. … Read more

Smoothie Packs

This past Ramadan I got really used to drinking smoothies at iftar and sometimes even at suhoor.  Now here were are a couple of months out, and they are very much still on my radar, especially since I’ve frozen so much of the fruit that was leftover and still gets left over from weekly shopping. … Read more

Cucumber Spritzer

Even though we’re almost at the end of August, the weather seems to be getting hotter and hotter. This cucumber spritzer is the perfect way to stay cool and refreshed at this time of year. All you need is sparkling water, lemons, and cucumbers of course! There are two cucumbers photographed below, but you only … Read more

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