Since I've never been to Cuba, how could I really say what a Cuban sandwich is like? It's because I feel like I sorta traveled there by way of south Florida when I was young girl. My dad us...
This Ramadan I've chosen to make a bunch of Latin dishes, mainly because of the hot, steamy weather we've been experiencing here in Chicago. It's ironically not dissimilar to the weather in the Caribbean when it rains for 30...
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...
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...
For those of you who know me as a home cook or who follow my Instagram page of cooking and recipes and food interests in general, you probably know I love a good taco. I think it's one of the...
Whenever I think of stuffing vegetables, it seems like a really tedious and cumbersome process- stuffed zucchini, stuffed cabbage, grape leaves, you name it. It seems like something I don't have time for now want to spend an afternoon...
Over the early part of the summer when Ramadan was in full swing, I took advantage of the somewhat cooler weather and made soups for Iftar (meal that breaks the fast). The main reason for that was not only the...
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 only 'restaurants' I ever go to is Chipotle. I've always loved how fresh their ingredients are, but never eat any of the meat because it's not dhabiha. I actually don't eat out very much anymore mainly because...
Nothing says Spring in the culinary world like fresh green produce, although not all of it from this recipe has been grown right in our backyards here in the Midwest. I just love to make a lot of soups...

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