It’s pumpkin spice season and you either absolutely love it or you don’t. Pumpkin spice is no longer limited to pies and lattes; they now flavor cough drops with pumpkin spice. Yes, they really do exist. :D. I used this blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger, to create my Pumpkin Spice Pecan Muffins!
I have memories of the pumpkin candies my grandmother makes. She would buy the biggest pumpkins available and boil them, simmer them in sugar and dry them out.
I was afraid of them as a kid. The only “pumpkin-y” thing I wanted to eat was pumpkin pie and this candy did not resemble a pie. But then I tried it! And to my surprise I loved it!
When making these muffins, the batter will be thick. It is really important not to over mix it. I highly recommend using parchment muffin liners by Paperchef. You can purchase them here
It is also really important to check the dates on your baking soda and baking powder. Baking soda is good for baking for six months, once the container has been opened. Baking powder is good for about 9 months. I always write the date I opened the containers with a sharpie, to ensure my baked good turn out!
I love butternut squash. After living in Seattle for 5 years, and experiencing the farmer’s markets, I learned to cook seasonally. This butternut squash penne pasta dish is the perfect homage to my time there. It is really easy to make and with my roasted technique, you do not have to peel the squash!
As summer comes to an end and fall begins, so does the start of the school year. One of the most iconic and classic flavors that finds its way into lunch boxes is Peanut Butter and Jelly. My peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie Recipe is the perfect sweet treat to brighten those long days.
I have shared a few variations of Hummus recipes on my blog. Whether it’s Avocado HummusTomato Basil Hummus or the ver popular Loaded Hummus Dip a good hummus recipe is a must. This smooth hummus recipe, is created with dried chickpeas, which are soaked overnight. This recipe does require some planning but it is definitely worth the effort.
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 😀
Stone fruit is a summer favorite in our home! I am always looking for ways to incorporate fruit into our desserts (and meals too). Roasted apricots with mascarpone and pistachios is the perfect blend of sweet, summer goodness.
And this dessert is so easy to make! I absolutely love summer desserts that only take a short time. Especially, when they do not require turning on the oven. This recipe can be made on the grill and with any other stone fruit you like!
When prepping your apricot, place your edible flowers and mint in cold water to keep them fresh and prevent wilting.
The apricots can also be prepared in advance and then assembled before eating. It can be served warm (my favorite), at room temperature or cool.
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!