One of the reasons this soup is so delicious is because it creates a rich chicken broth as it cooks. Use a whole, cut up chicken with all its bones and skin to get the most flavor and nutrition...
If you can imagine having soup in the summer time, this Mexican Black Bean & Corn Soup is one that doesn’t heat up the kitchen, uses up fresh summer produce and has a wonderful kick to it.  It also freezes...
  One of the joys of living near a big city, in my opinion, are the public botanic gardens. Among my favorites in the U.S. are the Japanese Gardens of San Francisco and the English Gardens of Roanoke Island in North Carolina. If...
If you're like me, sometimes there isn't time to think about really fancy appetizers when you're having guests over because you're so focused on the main event, (the actual dinner) and, of course, the dessert, which most guests really...
It's been a hot, steamy summer around Chicago- lots of rain, lots of heat. If you wouldn't know it, you might think we're sitting in the middle of the tropics. And that's what makes me think of drinks with...
Eid ul Adha is around the corner again! Where did the time go? Wasn't it just Ramadan, then Eid ul Fitr? Wow, time has flown and out the window goes my patience for difficult, fussy recipes for entertaining during holidays...
'Eid Mubarak! (Blessed 'Eid!) to everyone who celebrates, and for those who don't it just means that the blessed month of Ramadan is over and so is our daily fasting. It shouldn't go without mentioning that out of love and...
Ramadan is such a great time to get your home organized. Actually, for me all the organization happens way before the month of Ramadan when I begin planning how to plan it all out. Last year, much of what...
I learned a really cool cooking idea many years ago that I've used over and over again to flavor soups, rice dishes and more. It'll also help you use up that whole bag of carrots that's going bad in...
Sunday we took a trip out to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, just to capture the budding spring flowers on trees and, of course, the beautiful, colorful tulips. We also saw asparagus, which reminded me of my mom's recipe for...

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