When I began this blog, one of the first recipes I shared with everyone was for homemade yogurt. If you have a yogurt maker, the recipe is ideal for going beyond yogurt to making yogurt cheese, commonly known as labneh in the Middle East. If you...
The last ten days of Ramadan are upon us and it's a special time for Muslims to really try as hard as possible to dedicate a good amount of time (especially in the night hours) to prayer, spiritual reflection,...
I have no idea why I've been craving yogurt sauces lately. It's not even the yogurt I've been craving, it's more so the fresh herbs I love to put in it- maybe it's a lack of Vitamin C around...
This morning I had the great honor of being able to show young junior high students at a local school how to prepare a fun and healthy after-school snack that they can prepare for themselves without ever having to turn...
Cheese is probably my most favorite food, next to bread. I know, it's more like an ingredient but I grew up on cheese and carbs, whether it was mac 'n cheese, cheesy pasta, pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches or some...
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...
This is the quickest oven-baked frittata to prepare. Normally I would add flour and milk to a dish like this, but on the day it was made, I was in such a hurry there was no time to think...
Shopping at Costco is both exciting and overwhelming. I always worry that I'll miss something and equally worry that I'll buy something in my excitement for the variety and quantity that is not actually halal.  With regards to one product,...
Today I learned more about a renowned food writer, Marcella Hazan, than I had known before.  She appeared today on the Martha Stewart Show preparing a Tortelloni Stuffed with Swiss Chard, Prosciutto and Ricotta served with a heavy cream tomato...
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...

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