I am so incredibly excited to announce that I'll be touring the Chicagoland area to talk about the recipes in my cookbook, Summer Ramadan Cooking! I'll be making stops at various locations to do cooking demos, talk tips on Ramadan...
If you don't know who Monica Bhide is, perhaps you're not reading enough books, magazines or essays about food because this woman is everywhere. She's a Virginia-based food writer who writes beautifully about how our lives, cultures and emotions are influenced...
by Raana Smith My Eid-al-Adha 2012 checklist:  Decorations: check Gifts: check New clothes: check Eid menu: check Pre-prayer snack: not needed Prepare refrigerator and freezer for meat:  by October 27 Distribute meat: October 27-29. Silver Envelope Goods Going through my checklists, I recall a time when I didn’t have...
Local food products are quite the buzz lately. Any time you shop at the supermarket and see products like local honey or local jams, they're typically strategically placed where fresh produce is to give you the feeling of shopping...
Several months ago I attended the Eat Write Retreat event for food writers and bloggers, which took place in Washington, D.C. It was a weekend filled with discussions and a chance to meet some very interesting people in the...
Most people who love North African food are well aware of the flavor profile of harissa, that somewhat spicy {or hot} red chili pepper paste used as a condiment or dip in many Moroccan and Tunisian dishes. Those who...
I asked Creative Designer Kung Pik Liu over at Sakina Design to share something special with us this Ramadan to make our homes feel festive, bright and beautiful. To that end, she has indeed come up with a craft...
Last weekend I attended the Eat, Write Retreat which is a weekend event for food bloggers, photographers and other foodies in the industry, thanks to the generous support of Saffron Road Foods who sponsored my attendance and for the...
Muslims all over the world will soon be celebrating the ‘Eid ul Adha, or the celebration of sacrifice, commemorating the completion of the Hajj, or annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The ‘Eid ul Adha is one of two major celebrations...
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,...

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