It’s hard to believe that Ramadan is over and we’re now celebrating ‘Eid-ul-Fitr, the three-day long holiday that Muslims all over the world will be celebrating. After 30 days of fasting from dawn to sunset, it seems appropriate to enjoy family and friends–and some great food, including healthy sweets. I made these cupcakes just before ‘Eid to test on family members- ... Read More »
Tiramisu, the quintessential Sicilian dessert, and the ultimate party food. Although I’m (hal...
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The perfect starter to a Ramadan Iftar meal, this deliciously-spiced fruit salad recipe was submitte...
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Potluck parties are nice, but just the word ‘potluck’ is a bit unappealing to some people who say that the idea of hoping to be ‘lucky’ about what ends up at a dinner where everyone brings a dish is more risk than they’d like to take with regards to their food. Jokes abound about this concept of communal eating, but ... Read More »
It’s hard to believe that Ramadan is almost over–and so are the super generous giveaways by Saffron Road and Whole Foods! Throughout the month of Ramadan (and shortly before), they have given away four separate gift cards for $100 each plus coupons for free Saffron Road halal frozen entrees, which are available at Whole Foods Markets. At the end of this ... Read More »
Dates are also the perfect baking fruit- they freeze well, they don’t make your baking products soggy and they add just the right about of sweetness to a dessert. Below is a delicously simple tart recipe adapted from one of my favorite and most-used cookbooks, Mediterranean: A Taste of the Sun in Over 150 Recipes by Jacqueline Clark and Joanna ... Read More »
I’ve been really blessed to meet so many amazing people since I started this blog. People are happy to share their cooking ideas and recipes all the time and more often than ever does the topic of conversation with complete strangers, new and old friends and my family turn to healthy food, ethnic cuisine and just getting back to basics when it comes to ... Read More »
Contrary to what might be popular belief, not every Muslim family is a large one. There are people all over the world, especially in the U.S. who live far away from extended family whether overseas or across the country. There are those new to Islam who will be breaking the fast alone or with just one other person (i.e. couples, ... Read More »
I’m a huge fan of a hearty bowl of soup. I love to select, chop and see the change in texture of fresh, seasonal vegetables as I take them from market to my favorite Dutch oven. I love the smells that permeate my home from the dried or fresh herbs I’ve added. I love that soup can feed many people ... Read More »
Everyone is talking about this year’s daily fasts in Ramadan being so long because sunset (the time when the fast is broken) will come a little after 8pm here in Chicago. It’s also a hot summer season. Very hot. Fasting isn’t meant to be perfectly easy or else how could we savor the reward of building self-discipline? It’s also not ... Read More »
I love to use leftovers at any meal, and suhoor (the pre-dawn meal eaten before a day of fasting) is no different. I also like a simple, uncomplicated yet versatile meal that will fill us up with good nutrition to get us through the day ahead. This recipe for chilaquiles, often called ‘Migas’ was introduced to me by my husband who ... Read More »
Ramadan Mubarak! Yesterday was the first full day of fasting for us here in Chicago. We had a great suhoor (pre-dawn meal) of eggs with spinach, ground beef with Italian herbs and a side of black beans. For iftar (breaking of the fast) we had skirt steak with only four ingredients: olive oil, salt, black pepper and balsamic vinegar. Both were simple and ... Read More »