Chicken in Mushroom Gravy

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I love mushroom gravy. A gravy without mushrooms is uninteresting. Opinions may differ on this, but I feel a good gravy is packed with mushrooms.

I began making mushroom gravy for Thanksgiving several years ago. The recipe was adopted from Emril Live (he made the gravy on an open face sandwich).

At that time, I sat in front of the TV with a notebook and wrote down the recipes that were being demonstrated on the Food Network.

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Ramadan Mubarak!

The most blessed time of the year for Muslims around the world is here; Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calender and is the month that the Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). Muslims that are healthy and of an age of maturity, will fast from sunrise to sunset during this month, which lasts 29-30 days. Fasting the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam.

I set some personal goals for myself during Ramadan. I like to set goals that are challenging, but are attainable and realistic 🙂

This Ramadan I do not want to have any food waste. Traditionally, many may have made a table long feast. It is easy to get caught up in that. I will try to keep it simple with a salad, entree and fresh fruit for dessert. Leftovers? We will eat them the next day. I do not want to take from the true essence of this month by focusing only on food!


Some questions I often get about Ramadan:

Q: Can you drink water?

A: No. Muslims refrain from all food and water from sunrise to sunset.

Q: Is that healthy?

A: There have been many studies done on fasting and have proven health benefits.

Q: What if you are sick?

A: If you are sick then you are not required to fast. If it is temporary illness, will have to make up that day later when you are feeling better.

Q: Do you celebrate at the end of the month?

A: Yes! Eid Al-Fitr is a big celebration for the end of Ramadan. People give gifts, visit with family and eat lots of delicious treats 🙂


I am by no means a religious scholar. Just a Muslim practicing my faith and this is my understanding.

I wish you all a wonderful, spiritual month, of growth and love. May Allah (SWT) accept all of our fasts and prayers!


Happy Ramadan!







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First Team Challenge!

What a roller coaster ride! OMG!

The contestants will split into their own teams of ten, but team captains will be chosen by the judges.
The contestants will split into their own teams of ten, but team captains will be chosen by the judges.


The 20 of us who remained arrived at an amusement park only to learn we would have to decide on our teams ourselves! I turned around there was my team… Charlie, Christopher, Jesse, Justin, Kerry, Nick, Shelly, Stephen, Veronica! Dare I say, we were the dream team? 😀

Our captain was selected by the judges and it was Kerry! He is an HR manager and is great with people! We learned we had to feed 500 people! Yes, you read that correctly, 5-0-0!!

We were to make fish and chips with tartar sauce and a burger with onion rings and coleslaw. The time flllleeeeww by! Before we knew it, a line as long as my eye could see formed in front of us. We only had 10 seconds to serve the guest, before they had to move on (which means we would loose that vote).

Thru the chaos, the heat, the never ending crowd, the forgotten onion rings, our team communicated and stuck together! We were rewarded with victory!

After the votes have been counted, the Red Team celebrates their win!
After the votes have been counted, the Red Team celebrates their win!

The losing team had to face the dreaded pressure test and make a dozen cinnamon rolls in 45 minutes! The means making a dough and filling, rolling it up into a beautiful pinwheel, cutting it and placing it into the oven QUICK!

The cinnamon rolls got the best of the sweet, talented Darah.


There are 19 of us now! Who are your favorites?




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