I don't eat too much rice or pasta in Ramadan because it leaves me feeling too full before eating other things, but if I'm going to make rice, it's a special dish. That's why I love risotto, the Italian...
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...
Ever been in a pinch for a quick appetizer or dish to take to an event or someone's home? I had a meeting over with the awesome folks at Crescent Foods and decided I wanted to bring something. Last time...
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...
I had the great fortune of being able to do a little baking for a local school bazaar this past weekend. Teachers were raising money to fund the children's Hajj re-enactment program where the kids learn how to properly...
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...
On a recent trip to our local butcher, I inquired about the homemade merguez they always used to have on hand. He said they weren't making any more of it because folks weren't buying much of it, for some reason. I always thought...
Talk about a quick dinner- and yes, frittatas make great quick and nutritious dinners. Just take it from the rural Italians who live on such rustic, satisfying food. I roasted my peppers ahead of time, but you can easily purchase peppers in...
One of the best things about large squash such as pumpkin is that since they have a long shelf life, you can decorate your home with them (I personally prefer the real thing to any plastic decor) and still...
Spinach is that quintessential health food. We know it's good for us, but how often do we really eat it fresh and lightly cooked? With numerous health scares related to tainted spinach, it's a food many people are often weary...

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