Authentic Philly Cheesesteak with Homemade Cheez Whiz

Gooey, meaty, melty & oh so delicious, a Philly Cheesesteak is the perfect comfort food in its simplicity. If you have ever visited Philadelphia, then chances are you have been told to definitely try a cheesesteak here. In the City of Brotherly Love, cheesesteaks are a cultural icon and a big draw for visitors. Philadelphians…

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…

Kabab in Hara Masala

Kababs. A very big staple in South Asian cuisines. They don’t get as much love as they deserve. Although not as famous as Biryani, they are the constant we can always rely on. Shami Kababs are always hanging out at the back of the freezer ready to be whipped up into a delicious sandwich or…

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…

Senegalese – inspired Chicken Soup

This past week has been a whirlwind of different emotions. There were moments of extreme sadness and anger at the murder of George Floyd; but also moments of happiness and pride on seeing friends from different walks of life taking action and speaking out against the systemic racism against Black Americans. I couldn’t bear to…

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…

Strawberry & Argula salad with a tangy poppy seed dressing

Say hello to your new favorite summer salad! It’s extremely light, very refreshing, healthy and absolutely delicious. Strawberry is mixed in with Argula, Spinach, Walnuts, Almonds, Blue berries and Feta cheese. My mouth is already watering… so delicious! I pair it with an easy Poppy seed dressing that will leave your tastebuds screaming yum at…

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…