It wasn't too long ago that I first heard about Saffron Road, halal frozen entrees that are now sold at Whole Foods stores. At first glance, I thought they were just another frozen ethnic entree that would be out...
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...
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...
I recently attended the Chicago Gourmet event right here in the Windy City, though on that day it was a rainy city--mostly in the morning. Good thing because the Chicago Gourmet event was held outdoors in Millenium Park. It...
You might remember that not too long ago I published a review of the gorgeous design book, Marrakesh by Design, by American expat Maryam Montague who resides in Morocco and runs a boutique hotel called Peacock Pavillions. I was...
I recently had the great pleasure of meeting with the very lovely, down-to-earth and talented young photographer, Sadaf Syed, a Chicago-based woman who literally wrote the book on how Muslim women in America wear the hijab (head covering). I...
It isn't every day that you get to 'meet' a pastry chef like Malika Ameen. If you don't know her already, here's a great chance to get acquainted with one of the country's finest culinary professionals--and we're fortunate enough...
I love cookbooks that offer interesting ways to cook familiar recipes while addressing the need to put healthy meals on the table despite our hectic lives as well as the need for economical ingredients that stretch to feed the...
Few of us have ever experienced the sublimity of being near a fountain of flowing chocolate, never mind a kitchen faucet that brings forth silky milk chocolate at one’s disposal. Even fewer of us have the opportunity to work...
This post is a continuation of my previous post about Sally Fallon and her work with the Weston A. Price Foundation, whose mission is to inform the public of some rather politically 'incorrect' dietary suggestions… Sounds intriguing, right? About Weston A....

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