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Mediterranean Couscous with Chicken & Olives

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We’re in the thick of winter. It’s cold, icy, slushy, and the snow is absolutely beautiful from indoors, as long as you don’t have to drive in any of it. It’s the time of year when you realize that on any given day, the snow storms could blow in and it’ll be a great opportunity to cook up some favorite ... Read More »

Korean Slow Cooked Beef & Vegetables

Korean Slow Cooked Beef with Saffron Road Simmer Sauce

Since we’ve moved into our house and begun construction, it’s the simple things in life that have kind of gone straight out the window- like an organized closet, knowing where all my cooking spices are, and the luxury (because it truly is) of having a working stove hooked up to a gas line, right next to a working sink where ... Read More »

Creamy Fusilli Pasta with Swiss Chard and Chicken

creamy pasta with swiss chard

I have the most convenient times for food cravings. Right now our kitchen is completely unusable while it’s under construction. The stove is off the gas line, the sink is not even anywhere in the kitchen but resides in the middle of our living room hanging out and waiting for the demolition to be over and the re-building to begin ... Read More »

New York Strip Steak with Buttery Mushrooms & Onions

New York Strip Steak with Mushrooms & Onions

Every now and again, I forget that I can go out and get an amazing cut of halal meat to bring home and make a great steak. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that I basically put it out of my mind that it was an easy task to find the all-American style cuts of meat I grew up ... Read More »

Super Quick Chicken Marinade

super quick chicken marinade

We’re all getting back to a more ‘normal’ routine after the month of fasting in Ramadan, which in my house actually means more cooking- or at least more need to be prepared for three meals a day instead of 1.5, as at least either our Iftar or Suhoor doesn’t take up a lot of our stomach space by the end ... Read More »

Mostaccioli: The Great Italian Party Dish

cheesy mostaccioli

Every family has a favorite party dish, regardless of cultural background or ethnic makeup or religious observance. I happen to think that every special occasion in my family should contain a very large pasta dish of some sort: lasagna, pasta with meatballs, eggplant Parmesan or mostaccioli, that oven baked pasta dish that is oh-so filling and warms up the house ... Read More »

Baked Shrimp with Garlic, Fresh Herbs and Red Pepper Paste

On my Sicilian side of the family, they really love shrimp. My aunts bake it in the oven with some very simple ingredients like garlic, parsley and olive oil. The taste, smell and flavor is everything I remember about Sicilian summers and about my family here and there. I never really learned the exact recipe for it, but after tasting ... Read More »

Thai Red Curry Chicken & Vegetables Stir Fry

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If you’re anything like me and sometimes just really get a craving for hot and spicy Thai food, or any type of Asian food but don’t have the time or energy to go out shopping for ingredients you don’t always need on hand, I’ve got a great recipe for you. It’s quick, easy, doesn’t require a whole lot of ingredients ... Read More »

Tuna, Red Pepper, Garlic and Basil Pasta

gorgeous tuna pasta with basil

My entire house has been under construction for several months now, and we’re living right in the midst of it. My kitchen is functional, but not exactly one that I’m accustomed to, partially because I keep thinking of all the ways I want it to be in the future, insha’allah, but also because I refuse to unpack every single kitchen ... Read More »

Lime Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

cut up chicken tenders

When I went to Irvine, CA last April for Sameer’s Eats Halal Food Tour, Lime Chicken Tacos was one of the recipes on the menu that I demonstrated. I made a quick tomatillo salsa (salsa verde) to go with it. Sameer got a try and so did a few fortunate halal foodies out there in the audience. It was so much fun- I need to dig out those ... Read More »