The last ten days of Ramadan are upon us and it's a special time for Muslims to really try as hard as possible to dedicate a good amount of time (especially in the night hours) to prayer, spiritual reflection,...
Ever since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, I’ve felt it quite frivolous to go about daily tasks such as recipe developing, recipe testing and writing about the intricate details and characteristics of food while an entire island nation of...
Everyone is talking about this year’s daily fasts in Ramadan being so long because sunset (the time when the fast is broken) will come a little after 8pm here in Chicago. It’s also a hot summer season. Very hot. Fasting...
I love recipes that recycle and re-use foods that are beyond comfortable consumption but  just need to be broken down a bit in order to be perfectly good again. I think that's the case with blessed bread and all...
A day in the life of recipe testing goes a lot like this: Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables  -shop for fresh ingredients and bring them home to sort out -wash and dry fresh herbs and produce -chop everything -get out the camera, notebook and...
This summer weather in Turkey reminds me exactly of my two summers spent in Sicily in the mid 90's. Very hot. Very dry. Limited A/C, if any...and the smell of homemade cooking in every neighborhood. Those smells give you a great...
If you're a soup lover like me, a big pot of soup on a chilly Fall day is one of the best things you can do for yourself.  I really love a good, hearty soup that I can have...
My mom used to make these potatoes often when I was growing up. I'm not quite sure where she got the recipe, but she used to read a lot of cookbooks and magazines to get ideas, and when a...
Traditionally made with cognac, I decided to try using white grape juice as a substitute ingredient in this baked fruit dessert. The result was nothing short of delectable. Even for those who avoid fruit as dessert, trust me. It's worth a taste. *Cooks...
If you love coffee and ice cream, this quick dessert recipe is for you. Affogato is an Italian word for the super delicious coffee drink with ice cream added to hot coffee- and it's fantastico, especially in the summer...

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