Lately I've been soaking and cooking my own dry beans- everything from black beans to pinto beans and now chickpeas. I used to do it a lot more often than I do now, but I'm suddenly forcing myself to enjoy...
I absolutely love, love, love this soup. I've been told it's like a broccoli cheddar soup without the broccoli or the cheddar. I think my guests are referring to the texture, which is thick and creamy, made possible by...
If there is any one pasta dish you should make this week, it's this one. Whether you're a Meatless Monday subscriber (or any day of the week you plan to go vegetarian) or a strict vegetarian, this dish is...
I love cookbooks that offer interesting ways to cook familiar recipes while addressing the need to put healthy meals on the table despite our hectic lives as well as the need for economical ingredients that stretch to feed the...
I've taken an unexpected break from blogging, partially by choice and partially not. I've been developing and testing recipes for cooking demos I plan to do at the upcoming annual ISNA convention here in Chicago. I'm also working on articles for...
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...
Summer food is equivalent to grilling, right? Well, in the intense heat we're feeling here in the Midwest I'm not sure everyone is so excited about firing up the grills all the time. I mean, it's really hot- even...
These cold fall days seem darker, windier, and overall just more like winter than fall. A good soup always makes me feel warm inside and warms up the kitchen while it's cooking. Try this simple soup which blends leftover summer produce into a...
I.  Love.  Tomatoes. Being Sicilian, you sort of have to or you may never eat. Ok, that's a bit extreme, I realize.  All jokes aside,  I really do love all the creativity this wonderful summer food allows me to have in the kitchen...
Spicy Indian dishes are a real treat to me. It's food I crave, but don't always make for myself. I don't even seek out too many Indian restaurants (although I would love to). Instead, I learned most of what...

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