Leena’s Chocolate Oreo Icebox Cake

Eid Mooo Baaarak to all my family and friends celebrating Eid-ul-Adha! This year has shown us so many unique sights and one of them has been the 1000 pilgrims performing Hajj while practicing social distancing and wearing masks. SubhanAllah! How lucky are those pilgrims to be able to get this once in a lifetime opportunity…

Leena’s Chicken Fajita Pasta

Summer in times of Corona! We are all living it, fighting it, feeling it and trying to make the best of it. It’s definitely tough. The new school year is looming ahead and me and my husband are thinking of starting home-schooling in addition to whatever the school district proposes. It will be hard but…

Leena’s Egg Salad Recipe

I have found that people have a love/hate relationship with eggs. They either hate them or love them! And then there are people who can’t stand runny yolks or soft boiled eggs and on the other end there are some who can’t eat the whites because it’s tasteless or they can’t tolerate the texture. Which…

Chocolate Soufflé

During my research regarding the impact that African American cuisine has had on culinary history, one name kept cropping up in every article and blog. The name of the legendary and inspiring African American chef and culinary ambassador of Southern cooking – Edna Lewis (1916-2006) Edna Lewis photographed by John T Hill in 1973 I…

Shahi Tukray – The Royal Dessert

Shahi Tukray is a very popular and deliciously rich dessert that has its origin in the Mughal rein (Shahi means Royal and Tukra means piece). This is the traditional Indian cousin to the American bread pudding. Bread is deep fried in pure ghee and then soaked in a reduced milk mixture flavored with fragrant cardamom…

Falooda – the summer drink

Summer for me means “Falooda” for dessert every other day as this is easily one of my top favorites!! This sweet ice cream drink/dessert is very popular in the South Asian cuisine. It’s also a very refreshing drink with soaked sweet basil seeds & a cooling rose syrup – making it perfect to be enjoyed…

Mehalabeya – a classic Middle Eastern Pudding

Mehalabeya is a classic Middle Eastern pudding that is extremely light and scented with orange blossom & rose water. It’s a perfect treat after a heavy meal. My earliest memories of Mehalabeya are from the iftars sent by our Saudi neighbors. My mother always sent an iftar platter to neighbors during Ramadan. We would happily…

Chicken Shawerma with rice & spicy sumac roasted potatoes

The most spiritual and exciting time for Muslims all over the world is upon us. As the holy month of Ramadan begins, I wish you all the strength and courage to face all the challenges of life. This year Ramadan will be very different. Covid_19 has forced us to stay at home instead of celebrating…

Ramadan with kids!

Ramadan Mubarak! The most spiritual and exciting time for Muslims all over the world is almost here. At sundown tomorrow, the Muslim holiday RAMADAN will begin and continue for a month. Although Ramadan is best known as a time of fasting, there is actually more to this spiritual month. It is a time to reflect…

Dill Chana Daal

Chana daal (Split Bengal gram) is the most versatile and delicious lentil in my opinion. It is also one of the lentils you can make dry and eat it with bread or roti. Once you soak the Chana daal for at least 30 minutes to an hour, it cooks easily within half an hour making…