The ubiquitous bread of the Middle East and North Africa, pita bread has found a new home in America and the Middle East due to the introduction of it by the many immigrants who opened restaurants, groceries and ethnic...
Zaffron, also known as azafran or osfer, are actually the threads of the safflower plant and serve as a common alternative to the expensive threads of the crocus flower, saffron. It does not have the same flavor as saffron, but it will...
I was pleasantly surprised to find these dried hot peppers at Penzey's Spices in Cleveland near the famed West Side Market. I had never seen or heard of them before but was intrigued by their origin and the fact...
Agar Agar is a combination of sea-derived flakes that gels when combined with liquids, making it perfect for vegetarians and those concerned with eating halal since it's an all-natural substitute for pork-derived gelatin and any other non-halal, non-dhabiha meat...
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're wondering whether a persimmon is some type of tomato or if it's even a fruit or a vegetable, let me tell you that the most I know is it's a fruit that grows and is consumed widely...
If you're having a party this 'Eid (or any time), you'll definitely want to make your own pita chips instead of buying them- they're that easy {and quick} to make and are hearty enough to scoop up hummus or...
The last article I posted was about how to put together and decorate a beautiful 'Eid appetizer table and I hope you were inspired by the tips and ideas for serving ware and the quick and easy foods you...
Finger foods aren't just for parties. When it's really hot outside, I don't like to get too complicated in the kitchen. When it's cold outside, I like comfort food. Bread and cheese fit in both of these categories, so here...
Have you ever really just wondered if there was a super quick and mess-free way to dig into an avocado, particularly the part where you grab the seed out with a knife like all the really cool chefs do...

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