Zucchini is definitely in abundance during Michigan summers. I’ve planted one plant which has already yielded 15 yellow squash (relatives of the zucchini)! Zucchini is such a special vegetable that today, August 8th is National Zucchini day.
One of my favorite salads on a hot summer day, is this refreshing cucumber mint yogurt salad. This recipe is a traditional Lebanese dish, typically served as part of a Mezze plater. It is called ‘Khayr bi Laban’, which translates to cucumbers in yogurt. The traditional yogurt used is laban, but I prefer the greek yogurt, to provide more protein 😀
Growing up in our family owned grocery store, I had a unique opportunity to learn about different fruits and vegetables. I saw many customers purchasing the green tomatoes we had on display and often wondered what they would be making with them and so I asked! I learned about fried green tomatoes and had to try it myself.
I gathered the ingredients and set out to make this traditionally Southern Dish.
Beef Wellington has become closely tied to MasterChef and Gordon Ramsay. I’ve created my own Beef Wellington Recipe using Crescent Foods All Natural Angus Beef.
I love using Crescent Foods, free range, grass fed and finished beef! All Crescent Foods products are humanely treated and hand harvested Halal. The all natural beef, means five times more minerals and vitamins. It is also antibiotic and hormone free.
During this past Ramadan, my sister Deana invited us over for a taco Tuesday iftar. She made these incredible coconut shrimp tacos, that Hussein and I could not stop talking about. We enjoyed them so much that I had to have the recipe. I’m so excited to share Deana’s coconut shrimp taco recipe.
The shrimp tacos are paired with a cabbage and mango slaw and topped with a chipotle honey cream sauce! And its the perfect blend of sweet, spice, acidity. The slaw and radish adds the perfect fresh crunch.
I have been so excited to make this dish! My friend and colleague told me about it a few weeks ago. When she said “about 10 cups of dill get added”, I asked her to repeat herself. Again, she repeated “10 cups of dill”. I asked so many follow up questions that she ended up making the dish and bringing some in for me to try. This is my take on Baqila Pollow or Timmen Baqilla. My Persian Style Dill Rice recipe. There is also a similar dish in Iraqi cuisine!
My Okra Tomato Stew Recipe is a very simple Lebanese recipe, adapted from the traditional green bean stew. It is served over a bed of rice, is packed with summer flavors and is done in just over thirty minutes. This dish is the perfect vegetarian dinner during Ramadan and beyond!
One of my favorite summer dinner dishes is Mujadarra ruz, lentils with rice. Paired with a light salad of tomatoes, cucumbers and mint, this makes for a perfect picnic meal. This dish is also vegetarian and done in about thirty minutes.
Chocolate chip cookies are a classic treat, that everyone I know loves and enjoys. They were invented in 1938, by Ruth Graves Wakefield, who owned the Toll House Inn at the time. There are so many ways to put your own spin on them! My salted brown butter chocolate chip cookies , pumpkin spice chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chip cookies (that have the addition of milk powder I learned this from Chef Christina Tosi) are a few of my favorites!
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I have been receiving many requests for easy side dish ideas. Here I have complied 4 sides that will make the perfect addition to any menu! In this post, I will share the recipes for four Thanksgiving side dishes that can each be made in less than 25 minutes! I begin by sharing my favorite homemade cranberry sauce, the ultimate silky smooth mashed potatoes, garlic-parmesan green beans and roasted delicata squash!
I start with the ever classic, cranberry sauce. If you plan to serve cranberry sauce, please do not use that stuff out of a metal jar. Its SO easy to make fresh and you won’t have that weird tin taste.
I infused my cranberry sauce with orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and topped it with mint for freshness!
In a heavy bottom sauce pan, combined cranberries, sugar, water, orange zest, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until mixture thickens.
Remove cinnamon stick and nutmeg pod.
Allow to cool completely and top with fresh mint.
One of my favorite side dishes are mashed potatoes. I love mashed potatoes that are rich, creamy and smooth! I first learned about mascarpone while watching Giada DeLarentes on Food Network. She added them to her potatoes and I had to re-create them immediately. There are a few important steps to take with mashed potatoes.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, for topping
Boil potatoes until soft and tender
Drain water off potatoes.
Add in the butter, mascarpone, heavy cream. Using an electric mixer, mix the potatoes until smooth.
Taste for salt and add additional to your liking
Top with chopped chives, freshly ground black pepper and remaining butter
Potatoes must be cooked properly. Inserting a knife into the center of the potato, it should come out easily and clean.
Be sure butter, mascarpone and cream are at room temperature.
Use a mixer to mash the potatoes, this ensures they are smooth and even throughout.
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Garlic Parmesan Green Beans
With the oven being occupied with the turkey, a casserole and maybe some roasted sweet potatoes, I like to make veggie sides that can be made on the stove top. These are super easy, yet delicious green beans, that can replace a heavier side and provide a crisp, bright, side dish to the table.
The key to making the perfect textured green beans, is blanching. This means placing the green beans in boiling water, then immediately immersing them in ice water to stop the cooking process.
Place the green beans into the water and boil for 3 minutes
Remove the green beans from the boiling water and place immediately in the ice water
Heat olive oil in skillet and sauté garlic
Add the green beans to the skillet and heat for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat
Top with parmesan
Roasted Delicata Squash
Delicata squash is great for many reasons. One being is you can eat the skin, making preparation very easy. For this dish, I sliced the ends off the squash, spooned out the seeds and roasted the squash.