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On Being Half Sicilian

box of sicilian tomatoes

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 ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

The Link Between Sicilian and Arabic Cuisine

I love to learn about the history of food- how ingredients crossed the ocean traveled long distances along the Silk Road or made their way from one distant culture to another from empirical expansion or conquest. They are fascinating instances of cultural exchange and a fascination with new flavors, textures and the healing power of culinary delights that people have ... Read More »

Pearl Couscous with Ground Veal, Almonds and Raisins

Pearl couscous is a wonderful salad couscous and quite different from what is normally found in restaurant dishes or alongside North African tagine dishes with meat. When cooked, t is more plump and chewy  than it’s smaller semolina-derived counterpart. The word couscous is actually a Berber one that means well-rounded or rolled which is exactly what I think of what I ... Read More »

A Sicilian Cooking Class: Comfort Food For Everyone

oh sicily

Last month I traveled to Cleveland to teach a cooking class for a group of young women, some of whom I met nearly ten years ago when I lived there. It was a nice blend of catching up with how everyone’s lives have evolved, as well as meeting some new friends who I hope to meet again. I was asked ... Read More »

Cooking Class: Sicilian Dinner Party

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One Saturday morning last month I conducted a cooking class for the winners of an auction at the Stars for Hope event back in January of this year. The auction item they bid for and won was a basket of MHK products combined with an in-home cooking class that I would eventually teach in their home. I’ve also taught this same ... Read More »

Lemon-Lime Granita

With so much produce left over from the cooking demonstrations I conducted at the ISNA convention over 4th of July weekend, I had to come up with ways to use and preserve the goods. This lemon-lime granita is just one of the ways I used over 80 limes and 60 lemons left from our beautiful display. Granita, similar to a ... Read More »