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Risotto with Asparagus and Green Peas

This is a sponsored recipe post by Knorr® brand. They provide halal-certified bouillon, a product that is used in this recipe.  I don’t eat too much rice or pasta in Ramadan because it leaves me feeling too full before eating other things, but if I’m going to make rice, it’s a special dish. That’s why … Read more

Meatball Ravioli Soup

This is a sponsored recipe post by Knorr® brand. They provide halal-certified bouillon, a product that is used in this recipe.  During Ramadan, I really love to incorporate soup into my meals whenever I get a chance. Sometimes, however, by the time I’m ready for Iftar, soup just seems like too much food to add … Read more

My Visit to Barkaat Foods

Whenever I decide to use a halal meat product in my own cooking, I like to know as much about the company as possible so that I can get a very good sense as to how they operate behind the scenes to understand that the sourcing of the animal- it’s feed and how they’re raised- are also … Read more

Insalata Caprese

Just because it’s not summer, it doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in a craving for fresh produce and a taste of sunny Italy…at least I don’t deny myself that when I find great organic tomatoes, fresh basil and of course the best fresh mozzarella around. It’s such a treat and takes away some of … Read more

Pine Nuts

Pine nuts, often referred to as pignole (Italian) in the culinary world, are a beautiful addition to so many of my favorite recipes. Pine nuts are the seed from pine cones of the pinyon tree or stone pine, which produce larger seeds that the type of pine trees in the Midwest and the main reason we … Read more

Italian Wedding Soup

While making this recipe and preparing to share it with you, I decided to do a little research to find out the history behind the origin of a soup I grew up eating all the time and that is quite popular in Italian restaurants: Italian Wedding Soup. Growing up in a family with very Sicilian … Read more

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, … Read more

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

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 … Read more

Mostaccioli: The Great Italian Party Dish

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 … Read more

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