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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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Cooking On the Farm with Saffron Road’s New Halal Lamb Broth + a Giveaway

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw some of my snapshots last month where I traveled to an Elkhort, Wisconsin farm to conduct a cooking demo for the Chicago-based halal meat supplier Whole Earth Meats. The event was called “Eid on the Farm” and it was a unique opportunity for families could come to enjoy the scenery, food ...

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