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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 »

Pumpkin Rolls

beautiful featured image pumpkin rolls

It seems to me that everyone I know is looking more and more towards comfort food , whether in the form of soups, casseroles, pot pies and even desserts. Maybe it’s because of the uncertainty we all live through in today’s world. So many of us live further and further away from family and friends for economic or academic reasons, ... 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 »

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

before the cheese melted

What is it with me and Italian food lately? It’s all I crave, mostly because it’s comfort food tome. I’ve thought about it and feel like the think the overwhelm of life in general, catching up (if that’s possible) on the lack of uninterrupted sleep during Ramadan and getting the house as organized as possible during a very involved updating ... 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 »

Classic Tiramisu- Without the Alcohol

Tiramisu in glass dish

Tiramisu, the quintessential Sicilian dessert, and the ultimate party food.  Although I’m (half) Sicilian, I didn’t grow up with this dessert at family dinner tables. I’m not exactly sure why no one ever made it, but it took for me to travel to Italy and taste the real deal for the first time to be hooked, over and over again.  Needless ... 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 »