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Silver Envelope Products & Summer Ramadan Cooking Are in Stores in Qatar!

What an amazing week it’s been. Ramadan has started, all of the excitement and anticipation for the blessed month is even sweeter because of a few very exciting things going on, one of them involving my friend Raana Smith of Silver Envelope, the Islamic Stationary Company. She invited me to collaborate on a piece with her last year to make ...

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Healthy & Economical Cooking Classes at UMMA Center

During much of 2013 I had the incredible fortune of being invited to teach healthy and economical cooking to students at the UMMA Center (Urban Muslim Minority Alliance) located in Waukegan, IL.  Earlier in the year I spoke with Arshia Ali-Khan, Director, Business Development & Marketing at UMMA Center, about sponsoring one of their fundraisers. She told me more about the ...

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On Being Half Sicilian

It’s so important to appreciate and respect our family roots, no matter how old we are or well-traveled or educated. One always comes full circle in when you’re able to understand at least a little something about our grandparents, great-grandparents and beyond them. What where their struggles? What were their professions? How did they live, what did they eat? What ...

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Surviving Chiberia

Most of the world now knows how incredibly and inhumanely cold it is here in Chicagoland and by the time this post is published, there have been countless articles and photos posted around the web about our insanely freezing temperatures. At the time of writing, we are way beyond negative temperatures but the real feel is even more so. I ...

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