On a cold, blustery winter day in search of some comfort food in a warm setting, we trekked out to a French-American restaurant called Chez Colette.  Actually, anything would have been warmer than outside at that time, but this...
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...
When you live in a big city like I do, it doesn't mean you always get a chance to see the touristy spots like visitors usually do. We are busy on weekends, working during the week and so most...
Those of you who know me well enough know that my favorite cooking mentor is Julia Child--and it's not because of the book or movie, Julie & Julia (though I really enjoyed both). Around this time last year I completely absorbed myself...
Salmon is one of the easiest types of fish to make on a regular basis. It's thick texture stays together nicely when cooking, so whether you're frying, grilling or baking it, it tends to stay together really well.  This...
This is a sponsored recipe post by the Zabiha Halal brand. They provide halal-certified products mentioned in this post.          Paillard is a French culinary term thinly sliced or pounded meat, which is easier to cook and has quicker cooking times as...
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,...
One of my favorite things about pie crust is that it's so versatile once you have some ideas of what to do with it. It' s a whole new tasting experience to try savory dishes using pie dough instead of just...
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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