One of the first pages I opened in the book Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé, written by Dorie Greenspan, was a recipe for Hot Chocolate with Coffee. On a cold early morning when you need caffeine, but also realize...
Scanning through the local paper can prove to be a rewarding endeavor for the thrifty cook these days. I found myself lucky to see a tiny ad in the Chicago Tribune about the King Arthur Flour Company coming to Palatine, IL...
A terrine is something that has been baked or prepared in a loaf pan. Most commonly known for meat dishes, terrines (a French term) can also be chocolate desserts. I love this recipe for its simplicity and versatility. It's...
As promised, I've put together the recipe for the Chocolate Banana Bread I demonstrated at last week's Baking Demo in Naperville, IL. At the demo, I discussed baking tips and halal substitutes for particular baking ingredients, which you can find a summary of...
A couple of weeks ago, I was part of a Culinary Challenge at the Muslim Women's Alliance Annual Celebration Luncheon where three Muslim women were honored for their service to humanity. Each gave heartfelt speeches about their work and really touched...
If you live in Chicago, Los Angeles, anywhere in Mexico or near a large Mexican population you've probably heard of paletas. If you haven't heard, they are some of the most delicious summer treats one can enjoy. Made with...
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...
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...
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...
Have you heard about all of the wild things they put in good old fashioned {commercial} brands of yogurt? Some contain high fructose corn syrup; others have pork-derived gelatin. If you've visited this blog before, you know I'm absolutely...

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