Easy Valentines Day Blondies

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Hey Friends! It’s been a while. I wanted to share a super easy recipe that can be customized for any holiday or celebration. I am excited to share my easy Valentines Day Blondies with you today 😀

This recipe calls for pantry and fridge staples, which is why I love it. This is an easy go too recipe for all occasions. The blondies are basically a large

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Cinnamon Cardamom Snikerdoodles

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As I get into a new routine with my job, I am getting on more of a schedule for blogging. I hope to share my take on favorite holiday cookies! 

When I was growing up, my aunt and uncle lived just a few homes down from us. We spent winter break baking holiday cookies to share with our cousins on Christmas Eve. One of the cookies we made were snickerdoodles! As a child, the name made me smile 😀 I created my Cinnamon Cardamom Snickerdoodles last winter, when I was experimenting with cardamom pods. 

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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If you have worked with me, you know I love to bring treats in to work, especially for meetings. It’s a great way to make meetings more enjoyable for all 😀 And I get feedback on the recipes, as I work to develop them 😀 It’s a win-win for all <3

In preparation for a few meetings this week, I wanted to create a new cookie. After seeing some peanut butter M&Ms I decided to try

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Roasted Delicata Squash & Couscous Salad

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One of my favorite things about fall is the cool air that allows for slow roasting in my kitchen! A few weekends ago, my family and I spent the day at the Birmingham farmer’s market. We picked up a ton of beautiful squash and I set out to making some new dishes! 

One of favorite ways to prepare squash is by roasting them. The roasting intensifies the sweetness of the squash making it the perfect addition to any meal.  

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Here is the recipe: 

Roasted Delicata Squash & Couscous Salad
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
Squash
  • 2 medium sized delecata squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Pecans
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Sage Leaves
  • 10 sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Dijon Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons whole seed dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • ½ cup pomegranate ariels
  • ¼ cup goat cheese
  • micro greens, for garnish
Instructions
Squash
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut delicata squash length wise and remove seeds.
  3. Slice into ½ inch pieces and arrange on parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until tender.
Pecans
  1. Melt butter in a skillet. Allow butter to melt and stir in the pecans, brown sugar and ground cinnamon. Cook for 5 minutes until mixture thickens. Spread on parchment paper and allow to cool.
Couscous
  1. Bring broth to a boil. Add in 1 cup dry pearl couscous. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes. Set aside.
Sage
  1. Melt butter in a skillet. Add the sage in and cook until crisp. Remove from heat and drain from butter.
Dressing
  1. In a mason jar, combine dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Shake until evenly combined.
Assemble
  1. Place couscous on bottom of serving plate. Top with roasted squash, candied pecans, fried sage, pomegranate, goat cheese and microgreens. Drizzle dressing over the top.
  2. Enjoy!

 

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Happy cooking,

 

Amanda

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Pumpkin Nutella Bread

Pumpkin Nutella Bread recipe

The official start to fall is a few weeks away, yet we are seeing pumpkin everything all around. Since our relocation to Michigan, my blogging has slowed a bit as I continue my job search, unpack and organize and get settled.

I first created my Pumpkin Nutella bread over two years ago and wanted to remake and photograph it, in time for fall. The recipe was inspired by a pumpkin bread

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Banana Oat Nut Muffins

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School has just begun and with a new school year comes excitement, nerves and the common ‘what’s for breakfast?’ question. Because mornings are often the busiest part of the day, I love to create breakfasts that can be enjoyed on the go. 

 

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These banana

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Caprese Chicken Pasta

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Coming home from work after a long day, dinner can be a daunting task (yes, even for me). You know the drill; come home, kick shoes off, flop on the couch. Ask partner “what do you want for dinner?”, they respond “I don’t care”, you sigh loudly. Open the fridge, close the fridge, repeat. Repeat. 

I came to this recipe during the process of opening and closing the refrigerator. Isn’t that how

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Dinner With Your Muslim Neighbor

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Thank you for visiting my site and wanting to learn more about the Dinner With Your Muslim Neighbor initiative. I am so excited to be able to share with you this special project we have worked on for many months. While still in the early phases, with much work and development to be done, I believe we can reach our goal of motivating communities across this great nation to come together over dinner and discuss the ‘hard’ stuff, get to know one another better and show those spreading hate that love and understanding will prevail <3

How it Started:

I began these dinners with my husband, Hussein in late January 2016. I believe that food is a bridge to understanding and inspired by my faith, I wanted to use my ability of creating dishes for something greater. 

During my time on MasterChef, I had received some hateful tweets from strangers who were judging who I was as a person based on how I dressed and presented as a Muslim Woman who wears Hijab. After watching the news one evening, I was saddened that we, as Americans, have allowed the presidential candidacy to be filled with hate. I took the negative experiences and decided to do something positive. 

My goal was to dispel the misconceptions may people have, give insight into our day to day lives as American Muslims, create a better sense of community and understanding and share a meal with those around me. 

American Muslims share and support the same freedoms we all cherish, including the freedom to practice our faith. American Muslims believe in the right and freedom of all Americans to live and worship in their own way. By breaking bread together, we can create relationships that are more powerful than any hate spewing candidate can spread. We can make a difference in our communities and our country, by coming together and understanding one another. We are in this journey of life, together. 

 

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How To Host A Dinner: 

  1. Begin with an open heart and mind. Set your intention <3
  2. Educate, prepare and enlighten your self first on the inner workings of your faith and as an American. Prepare to be challenged
  3. Invite your neighbors, colleagues and members of your community. It helps to have a diverse crowd, so you can have diverse conversation 🙂
  4. Plan your menu and prepare as much as you can ahead of time. I recommend serving family style or buffet because as the host you want to be engaged in conversation and not working on the food. You can always order pizza (because we all love pizza <3)
  5. Have fun! This is meant to build relationships and community. You should enjoy your time with your neighbors 🙂

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Discussion Starters

  • What to Muslims believe and practice? 

This is a great place to start because there are so many misconceptions. 

  • Talk about your day to day and accomplishments! 

*Over 10,000 American Muslims serve in our nation’s armed forces and many have made the ultimate sacrifice.

*There are about 50,000 American Muslim medical doctors are saving lives everyday!

*Hundreds of thousands of American Muslims nationwide are community volunteers who, inspired by their faith, volunteer countless hours to making their communities a better place. 

*A 2009 Gallup Poll on American Muslims found that American Muslim women are the second mostly highly educated religious group of women in the USA. 

  • Ask your guests to share what they know about Islam and build from there. 
  • Ask about the faith traditions of your guests! 

We found that we have so much more in common than differences!

Resources:

For more information about Islam:

Islam Fact Check

Why Islam

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Q Fatima

 

More to come! If you are interested in helping develop the guide to hosting these dinners, please leave a comment with your contact information!

Thank you kindly, 

 

Amanda

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