• cranberry orange cookies
    Dessert

    Cranberry Orange Cookies

    I have always loved this time of year. The weather is crisp, people are cheerful, and I have an awesome excuse to bake all the time whether for co-workers, friends, or neighbors. These cranberry orange cookies are a go-to for me; they are sweet but tart and full of citrus flavor. They are so easy to make as well; just a few ingredients and 20 minutes of your time and you will have a delicious batch of cranberry orange cookies. I personally love using fresh ingredients rather than extracts and flavorings. Those always seem to have an after taste. So, instead of orange essence; I use fresh orange juice and…

  • oven-baked sweet potato fries
    Appetizers,  Dairy Free,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    Potatoes have got to be one of my favorite vegetables. I like all kinds of potatoes too; anything from red to Idaho to russet to these oven-baked sweet potato fries. Actually, there came a point where anytime my husband and I would eat out; I had to order some sort of potato dish whether fries, roasted potatoes, or hash. These oven-baked sweet potato fries that I top with a tangy yogurt sauce are everything. They are divine my friends; truly very delicious. My husband and I always fight for the last one! They make for the perfect easy side on any dinner table and everyone will enjoy them. For Thanksgiving,…

  • the best snickerdoodle cookie
    Dessert

    The Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

    This is a Holiday cookie classic. The warm flavors of cinnamon just scream fall and comfort. I asked my audience what their favorite cookie was to eat this time of year and these cookies were the number one answer so I knew that I had to share the best snickerdoodle recipe with you all! If you have never heard of this cookie, just imagine a cinnamon sugar cookie that is chewy and buttery! All the things a good cookie should be. They are so simple and quick to make. I promise you that these cookies will be gone in an instant once they come out of the oven! There has…

  • Hareeseh Mahshi Bil tamer (Semolina cake stuffed with dates)
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Hareeseh Mahshi Bil Tamer (Semolina Cake stuffed with dates)

    A traditional Middle Eastern Hareeseh is a semolina cake oftentimes drenched in a simple syrup and topped with almonds. This dessert has multiple names all dependent on the region its made in the Middle East. You may know it as Namoura, or even basbousa. They all refer to this delicious semolina cake. It is an extremely popular sweet treat; you can find it always everywhere and anywhere overseas. Semolina is used predominantly in the Arabic culture especially in desserts. In this baked good, coarse semolina is used as opposed to fine semolina. The two cannot be switched for this recipe. The semolina adds great flavor and texture to this cake;…

  • Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese
    Dinner,  Side Dishes

    Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese

    All you need is 8 ingredients and a few minutes of your time to make this easy homemade Mac and cheese. When I think of comfort food; this is the dish that comes to mind. Nothing beats creamy cheesy goodness with perfectly cooked pasta. It is one meal that will always bring you joy. It makes for a crowd-pleasing side dish at any potluck especially next to turkey on a Thanksgiving table. Both kids and adults alike love this mac and cheese! I have had my share of Mac and cheese and this recipe is at the top. You get creamy, cheesy, and crunch all in one bite. What more…

  • Low Carb Shepherd's Pie
    Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Side Dishes

    Low-Carb Shepherd’s Pie

    This right here is the ultimate comfort meal but unlike most comfort food; it isn’t bad for you! This variation is low in carbs and calories but jam-packed with flavor. You almost won’t believe that it is good for you! I used lean ground turkey as my protein in place of lamb or beef which is what is traditionally used in a Shepherd’s pie. Instead of topping the filling with mashed potatoes; I opted for some mashed cauliflower instead which is just as good and even better for you. This would make the perfect side dish on Thanksgiving. It is great for those who are following a keto diet or…

  • patlican soslu (eggplant & tomato dip)
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Side Dishes,  Vegan

    Patlican Soslu (Turkish Eggplant Tomato Dip)

    As many of you may know, I was born and raised in northern New Jersey and moved to Chicago after I got married. One of the things I miss about NJ is this one Turkish restaurant called Toros. They have the most delicious food. One of my favorite appetizers from there is this Turkish Eggplant Tomato dip which I looked upon their menu and is called Patlican Soslu. Honestly, one of the best dips I have ever had! I could never get enough of it. I have been craving it and decided even though I haven’t made much Turkish food; to give it a go based on all the flavors…

  • Beef shawarma taco bowls
    Brunch,  Dinner,  Ramadan

    Beef Shawarma Taco Bowls

    Shawarma is a dish loved across the globe by many. It derived from the Middle East but is now enjoyed worldwide. What sets it apart is the key spices that makes up shawarma like garlic, cumin, allspice, paprika and so much more. And of course, it is known for how it is traditionally cooked on a rotating spit. While, I am not cooking the shawarma on a spit today. I wanted to share with you this super easy and quick recipe because it is #tacotuesday! I also understand that most of us put prepping dinner on the back burner because of our hectic schedules. This is a homemade meal that…

  • no bake lotus cake
    Dessert

    No-Bake Lotus Cake

    Hey friends! Happy Monday! I received so much love over this cake after demonstrating how to make it yesterday on my Instagram page. I knew I had to write the recipe right away because many of you are eager to make it, which makes me so happy! If you know me, you know I love making desserts for friends and family especially no-bake desserts. They are easy and oh so delicious! My Nescafe cake was such a big hit with you guys that I wanted to share another dessert very similar but this time with Lotus Cookie Butter which seems to be the craze lately. I understand why. It is…

  • caramel apple galette
    Dessert

    Caramel Apple Galette

    Who doesn’t love a delicious Fall dessert? Especially when it looks this good and is easy to put together! Impress your friends and family with this caramel apple galette. What is a galette you may be thinking? Well, it’s basically a flat open-faced pie with the edges curled in around the topping. It is rustic and elegant at the same time. You can use this dough to make any pie you like; it doesn’t have to be a galette. You can also explore other fruit flavors if apple isn’t your jam but apple in fall baking is a must for me! Servings size: 10-inch galette Total Time: approx. 2 hours…