While parfaits are often seen on dessert tables, the use of pumpkin is hardly ever a staple found inside- at least not from what I've seen. But as I'm trying to incorporate many, many more plant-based produce into my...
My favorite season of the year is Fall/Autumn. I look forward to wearing cozy sweaters, sitting around a fire outside and taking walks in nature to appreciate the changing leaves and brisk, cool weather. I also look forward to...
When I went to Sicily in 1993, it was the first time I really ever experienced fruit as the main ingredient- and sometimes the only ingredient- in a dessert. At first I was waiting around for the real dessert to please...
One of the most wonderful things I see on Iftar tables is an abundance of fruit. I respect the person who spends a lot of time chopping up a ton of fruit for their guests, but it can be a...
I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified...
I have loved dates for a very long time. I do think they're one of the world's best food, and completely more versatile than they're often understood to be. They're not just for desserts, as in the recipe I'm about...
A while ago I posted images of this recipe for Lemon Tiramisu, a twist on my Classic Tiramisu recipe, over on my Instagram account when I was preparing it for my monthly cooking classes at the UMMA Center. I don't...
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...
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...
Sweets are the biggest hit during any Eid celebration. It is not 'Eid until you have sweets and desserts on the table. In fact, every house we visit during Eid, will have delectable sweets/desserts served to their guests. It...

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