Appetizer aren't just for entertaining guests. I've come to learn that keeping homemade appetizers around my house is a great way to eat healthy by avoiding eating outside, eating junk food or not eating until one is ravished with...
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...
I can't think of a more perfect fast food dish that's homemade and healthy. Roasted vegetables warm up the house in the winter while warming up our plates, too. They add such great color, nutrition and taste to other...
Let's face it- we're all busy. We want to eat healthy and watch the ingredients in our food products for safety and for their halal factor, but it isn't always possible to do absolutely everything from scratch, nor is...
I didn't intentionally set out to make pink pasta; it just happened as a result of my love affair with seasonal produce like swiss chard and beets, both of which were plentiful at the farmers market last weekend where I organized a Culinary...
French green beans are one of my favorite side dishes. They're light, go well with most foods and make me feel content that I'm getting a healthy vegetable on my plate. I usually make them Italian style with garlic,...
It's been more than ten years since I've eaten chorizo, a type of Spanish sausage spiced with flavors like paprika which gives it an orange color. The reason I haven't had it in so many years is because it's mostly made with pork.
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,...
Caprese Salad is a somewhat Italian-American dish since it has increased so much in popularity in recent years. More and more people know what fresh mozzarella looks like and even prefer the boccancini, or the small fresh mozzarella balls, to processed...
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...

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