• Pecan Galette
    Dessert

    Pecan Galette

    Pecan anything this time of year is amazing! With Thanksgiving around the corner, I know there are going to be quite an amount of pecan dishes especially desserts. An all-time favorite and class is pecan pie but have you ever had a pecan galette? A galette is equivalent to an open-faced pie. Literally, all the flavors of a pie but in a creation that looks like a hybrid between a tart and classic pie. This pecan galette is a fantastic way to change up things and try something new without lacking any flavor or that beautiful appearance. Galettes are also relatively easier to make saving you time. The only difference…

  • The Best Beef Stew
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    The Best Beef Stew

    Nothing screams warmth and comfort like a bowl of hearty and rich beef stew. Better yet, served with some vermicelli rice for a delightful weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy. What makes this the best beef stew you may ask? The fact that it is so decadent with its spices, texture, and flavors. The beef and vegetables are fork-tender and the broth is seasoned to perfection. Also, my husband has told me twice last week when I was developing this that it is the best beef stew he has ever had! And I have to agree with him! Typically, the local butcher should have a section of beef…

  • creamy mashed potatoes
    Side Dishes

    Classic Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    A classic creamy mashed potatoes recipe is one of those staple side dishes that almost everyone loves. I, for one, am a huge lover of anything with potatoes! Potatoes have to be one of my favorite vegetables because of their versatility. In this case, I transformed some golden potatoes into this classic creamy mashed potatoes. This is a recipe I use often with my short ribs or even with a hearty beef stew. It is definitely one of the most popular, tastiest, and easiest accompaniments to make for many dishes. It goes perfectly with turkey and gravy on Thanksgiving. That is precisely why I am sharing the recipe with you…

  • honey jalapeno cornbread
    Side Dishes

    Honey Jalapeno Cornbread

    Thanksgiving is coming up and one of the best recipes to have on hand is a good cornbread! This honey jalapeno cornbread recipe is easy, moist yet crumbly, and has great flavor. You will feel the slight heat but also the slight sweetness from the honey. It can be served as is or with a slather of room temperature butter. It is best eaten warm or even at room temperature. Cornbread is one of those comfort food side dishes that goes well with so many meals. I love to serve it with my slow-braised short ribs or a nice juicy turkey in this month’s case. What I enjoy about this…

  • za'atar cake
    Brunch,  Snacks

    Zaatar Cake

    My mom called me last week and told me she has been making this cake for the past few months and it has been a hit with the family and her friends. I didn’t know what to expect but let me tell you this is a fantastic recipe! It is darn good and so easy to make that no one is intimidated to make it! This zaatar cake needs very little effort and only a handful of ingredients to be made. It is full of flavor, super moist, and gives the house such a beautiful aroma. What Zaatar is used in this Zaatar Cake? For those who may be wondering,…

  • healthy turkey chili
    Dinner,  Soups

    Healthy Turkey Chili

    The season’s are changing and it is getting cooler here in Chicago. It is time for comforting meals that bring warmth and cozy feels! One of meals I make every year around this time is my healthy turkey chili. This chili is simple to put together and it is super delicious. It makes for a hearty meal for the entire family. It is also nutritious because it is jam packed with lean protein and lots of different vegetables. You can even add quinoa to it if you wanted it to be even more filling but I promise it is amazing as it is! I didn’t grow up eating ground turkey…

  • b├ęchamel pasta bake
    Dinner

    Bechamel Pasta Bake

    Bechamel pasta bake was a dish that I always loved but my mom would rarely make it growing up. I had the pleasure of enjoying it over family friends who were Egyptian and this is one of their specialty dishes known as macrona bechamal. I was hooked from then on! Even now into my adult years, I would find myself craving this bechamel pasta bake but intimidated to make it because of all the layers and flavors involved. Let me tell you that making a bechamel sauce is one of the easiest things to do! To some, that is the most intimidating part but I promise you that it isn’t…

  • Lentil Soup
    Ramadan,  Soups,  Vegan

    Creamy Lentil Soup

    This is a classic Middle Eastern creamy lentil soup also known as shorabet adas. It is amazing how a few simple ingredients can make such a phenomenal dish. This soup is not only vegan but gluten free and super easy to prepare. Growing up, my mom always made this up and I was never a fan until my adult years. I don’t know why it took me so long to fall in love with this creamy lentil soup. It has such amazing flavor and texture. It goes so well with crispy pita chips and a fresh squeeze of lemon. For this soup, red lentils is used as opposed to brown…

  • Dinner,  Ramadan

    Sayadieh

    This post is sponsored by Filippo Berio. All ideas are my own. Sayadieh is a classic Middle Eastern rice and fish dish that consists of fried white fish, fluffy spiced rice, caramelized onions, and a tahini salad. For this recipe, I decided not to deep fry my fish like most traditional sayadieh recipes to make it healthier and less messy! Trust me, it is just as good this way and better for you too! Now, if you ask me, my favorite part is the caramelized onions in the rice and the whole dish in general paired with the refreshing tahini salad. It is so so good and doesn’t take much…

  • Cajun Creamy Pasta
    Dinner

    Cajun Creamy Pasta

    Hey friends! Do I got an easy and delicious recipe to share with you! This cajun creamy pasta is the perfect quick weeknight meal. It is so full of flavor and luscious; trust me you will not get enough. I am a big fan of pasta but I don’t eat it too often. Every now and then I like to indulge and this is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it. This cajun creamy pasta was actually was inspired by Cheesecake Factory’s Louisiana Pasta when I came up with this recipe. That was the pasta dish my friends and I would almost always get when we dined there and…

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