Monthly Archives: February 2012

eggplant parmesan with homemade tomato sauce

this is one of my absolute favorite things to make for dinner. it’s rich & delicious, but doesn’t leave you feeling heavy since it’s vegetable-based. it’s easy, but kind of time-consuming, so i don’t make it that often. it takes … Continue reading

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garlic butter breadsticks

i’m the oldest of six kids, so ever since i was little, i’ve thrived in chaotic, bustling environments. my siblings are my best friends & it’s awesome because anywhere we go, we make our own fun. moving to madison was … Continue reading

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carrot cake muffins that just so happen to be vegan

a couple weeks ago, i got my first market basket from slow food.  a market basket is a $10 or $16 dollar basket filled with 10 or 20 pounds worth of fresh produce from local & distant sustainable farmers. the  point of … Continue reading

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arugula salad with pomegranate, avocado & blood oranges

lazy was last saturday’s theme song. after getting up early (hate), donning a suit (double-hate), eating breakfast with an apron on (yes, that’s how much i trust my ability to eat without dropping something on myself) & driving to milwaukee … Continue reading

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authentic arabic hummus

so i love being arabic for lots of reasons — the rich history of my culture, the trips back to the old country, having a secret language in which to speak to my sisters in public (although the flip side … Continue reading

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green bean & heirloom tomato caprese salad

this salad begins with the mystery of the missing buffalo mozzarella.  tuesday afternoon i made a trip to whole foods to get some items i couldn’t find at trader joe’s. i left with a single bag of groceries in one … Continue reading

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fattoush salad with radishes, cherry tomatoes & lemon-sumac dressing

this is a traditional arabic salad that we eat often in my family. it’s really very simple to make & quite flavorful, using ingredients unique to your average american palate. you can always add feta if you’re looking for more … Continue reading

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arabic kofta (ground lamb with onion & parsley)

if you know me well, you probably aren’t shocked by the fact i’m not the biggest fan of your run-of-the-mill, traditional valentine’s day. to me, it seems like just another capitalistic exploit of female insecurities created & perpetuated by the … Continue reading

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roasted red potatoes with lemon, sage & truffle oil

you know what they say: “haters they gonna hate & potatoes, they gonna potate.” okay, so they don’t really say that, but i actually didn’t make it up myself (unfortunately). i saw it on pinterest, which is where i’ve been … Continue reading

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garlic-butter shrimp over roasted tomatoes

this simple, perfect dish was a fitting end to my simple, perfect weekend, which involved work, play, date night & of course, some running & yoga. my favorite part of the weekend was date night — we went to a … Continue reading

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