• Panna Cotta
    Dessert

    Panna Cotta with Berry sauce

    Where it all Started: I worked in an Italian bakery for 10 years where my true passion for desserts blossomed. Although, we didn’t serve panna cotta; I have always wanted to try it myself. Panna cotta is a delectable Italian custard-like dessert that comes together in just a few minutes. It is served chilled and often with a berry or chocolate sauce. Hearthy Foods Halal Gelatin: To make panna cotta with berry sauce, gelatin is required and it wasn’t until recently that I came across Halal certified unflavored gelatin by Hearthy foods. I was elated, to say the least, to try the Gelatin and I have come to love it.…

  • Chai Spiced Almond Cookies
    Dessert

    Chai Spiced Almond Cookies

    Hey friends! Happy Sunday 🙂 Do you love a good Snickerdoodle? Ever thought of using Chai instead of solely cinnamon? It works and it works really well! If you don’t know, chai is a blend of spices often used in South East Asian cuisine. It is a blend of warm spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger. Now, I have a GF almond cookie on my blog which is super delicious. When I realized that I was out of vanilla to make this cookie but had almond flavor; a lightbulb went off in my head. So, I combined the flavor and texture of almonds with the chai; the result were these…

  • salatat jarjeer (middle eastern arugula salad)
    Salads

    Salatat Jarjeer (Middle Eastern Arugula Salad)

    I cannot count the number of times I had this salad on my recent trip to NJ. I have always enjoyed Salatat Jarjeer as I am a big fan of textures, acidity, and arugula in general. I however almost forgot about this salad until recently when almost every household I visited in NJ made this salad to accompany dinner. That is when I knew I had to make this when I got back and share it with you guys. It is just so simple but so good especially if you love a strong citrus flavor as I do. It pairs well with seafood especially but just as good with anything…

  • Sfeeha
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Side Dishes,  Snacks

    Sfeeha (Middle Eastern meat Pies)

    Good morning lovely friends! Today, I present to you Sfeeha. These Middle Eastern Meat pies are to die for any time of the day. My husband is a big fan of making dough. He is an even bigger fan of eating red meat. So, you can say that this is right up his alley. I have been meaning to make meat pies for a while now; I haven’t made these in 2 years! Yesterday, the weather was gloomy and snowing in Chicago and made for the perfect day to stay in and bake with my husband. I added the easy dough recipe below which is delicious for pizza nights too!…

  • shepherd's salad
    Gluten Free,  Salads,  Side Dishes

    Shepherd’s Salad

    Hi, my friends! I am so excited to share with you this super simple salad recipe as it is one of my favorites. I first knew about Shepherd’s salad a few years ago while I was eating at one of my favorite Turkish spots in NJ, not far from where I grew up. I was sold when I realized the salad had feta which is one of my go-to cheeses. Don’t get me wrong, this salad would still be delicious without the feta so if you are vegan or dairy intolerant; just omit it. Recently, I visited my family in NJ over winter break. It is now our tradition to…

  • dough
    Snacks

    Easy Dough Recipe

    Hi, my beautiful friends! Happy New Year! I wanted to start this decade with this fabulous easy dough recipe that I adapted from my mother who is my inspiration in the kitchen. This recipe only takes a few ingredients and some patience for an incredibly fluffy dough that can be topped or stuffed with whatever your heart desires. This recipe can be vegan if the dry milk powder is omitted. I have not tested gluten-free flour using this recipe but I can imagine Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 baking flour may work as a substitute for the all-purpose flour or even almond flour. Let me know if you try! My mom…

  • mabrousheh
    Dessert

    Mabrousheh

    Last week, I was over my family’s house in New Jersey visiting as I often do this time of year. My mom who is an excellent cook and even better baker introduced me to this delicious Middle Eastern dessert while I was over known as mabrousheh. It gets its name from the dough grated on top to resemble a crumb effect and texture. Now, if you know me, you know that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but I still enjoy a sweet bite here and there. Let me tell you something, these jam centered crumb bars were addictive. They were so light and had just the right…

  • mujadara
    Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Vegan

    Mujadara (A Middle Eastern Rice & Lentil dish topped with caramelized onions)

    Mujadara is a Middle Eastern staple made often during the cooler seasons as a comforting dinner. This cumin flavored rice and lentil meal is a hearty vegan dish as it is topped with a bountiful of crispy caramelized onions and often served with refreshing salads such as fattoush. My mom always paired it with a fresh tomato salsa along with cucumber yogurt salad which I share both recipes for below. Clearly, this isn’t a fancy meal but that is what makes it a comforting dish. Honestly, the onions are what make mujadara, and of course the choice of rice and lentils. Since this meal is primarily comprised of 3 simple…

  • peanut butter cookie with pink Himalayan salt
    Dessert

    Peanut Butter Cookies with Pink Himalayan salt

    There is something about a sweet and salty duo that is so satisfying. You literally get the best of both worlds in one bite. This Peanut butter cookie with Shan foods pink Himalayan salt hits the spot. Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Both children and adults rave over this nutritious snack. Peanut butter naturally has sweet and salty components in it making it the perfect foundation for this cookie. Top it off with some white chocolate and pink Himalayan salt and the flavor profile goes to the next level. You will see what I am talking about once you try this super easy 20-minute cookie recipe. There are a few…

  • 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…