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Mixed Asparagus and Manchego Quiche

Confession…. I hate breakfast. I always have. I might enjoy an egg and toast from time to time but I’m not one to wake up and tuck into a big “breakfast-y” meal.  I have tried really hard to like “breakfast foods,” foods but they just don’t appeal to me. So I gave up on them.  I started eating what I wanted to eat for breakfast.  Turkey sandwich? Sounds good.  Leftover spaghetti and meatballs?  Why not.  Really it doesn’t matter. Now I’m afraid I’ve passed on either genetically or by example this same trait to M.  We’re both late eaters, breakfast around 10am works for us- even if we have been awake for several hours. Sadly, our other two family members do not fall into our breakfast camp.  It’s really hard for me to come up with breakfast ideas for them. My trusty fall back is the quiche.  It’s easy to make, inexpensive and holds up well in the fridge for …

Amanda MouttakiMixed Asparagus and Manchego Quiche

My 5 Favorite Cookbooks of 2012

It’s that time of year when round-up posts are aplenty.  Not being one to want to be left out, I’m offering you my favorite cookbooks from 2012.  I have a bit of a cookbook problem, just ask my husband.  Whenever a box turns up that looks like it might contain a book I hear, “another book?!?!” I don’t just look at cookbooks for the recipes, of course I do cook from them.  But. I also read them.  I see what other people are making, how they’re combining ingredients, what their techniques are.  I love the stories that are told along with recipes.  Yes, I read cookbooks. If you’re looking for a gift to give a special foodie in your life or maybe you’re just looking for a little something for yourself, these five books have a little something for everyone. Herbivoracious I had the good fortune to meet Michael Natkin at Eat, Write, Retreat early in 2012.  What a delightful …

Amanda MouttakiMy 5 Favorite Cookbooks of 2012
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Slow Cooker Chicken Shwarma

I’ve been using my slow cooker a lot lately.  So much so that MarocBaba finally said to me at the end of last week, “Ok enough with that machine now!”  It makes my life so much easier, and I am rarely disapointed.  Not to mention the kids have not rejected a single meal.  When I have combed the internet for new freezer and slow cooker meal ideas I found a few things that were troubling; There’s a lot of slow cooker soup recipes.  If I served soup as a meal I’d get a lot of sad faces. Lots of freezer meals include pasta, something we eat very little of. Pork, lots and lots of pork. There are some Moroccan tajines that I’ve tried in the slow cooker and while the taste is ok, the sauce doesn’t reduce and have the same flavor. I’ve always wanted to take Middle Eastern and Moroccan recipes and make them even easier. A few weeks …

Amanda MouttakiSlow Cooker Chicken Shwarma

Is Semi-Homemade Your Style?

Are you a semi-homemade queen (or king)? I am super excited to share two opportunities with you! First, I’ll be participating in a tweet-up on December 8th at 1:30pm EST with Sandra Lee, most well known for her Food Network show Semi-Homemade. I already know what question I want to ask but now it’s your turn to submit questions too!  So in the comments be sure to respond and let me know what you’d like to have asked. The topic is about holiday and holiday preparation.  Some categories questions could come from; How can you prep ahead of the big day? Favorite holiday foods Inclusive or allergen sensitive recipe ideas Tried and true main dishes/side dishes/cocktail recipes for the holidays Whatever you want to ask – fire away!! As an added bonus, I’ll gather the questions and compile them into a blog post after the tweet up.  If Sandra doesn’t answer your question I will!   Second, Verizon Wireless and …

Amanda MouttakiIs Semi-Homemade Your Style?
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Wasabi Chickpea Crusted Fish

When I was a little girl my grandparents would take me out for dinner every Friday night.  It wasn’t just a happy meal at McDonald’s or a tacos in a hole in the wall place.  It was a supper club. Maybe you have never been to a supper club but they are a thing of legend here in the Midwest. Traditionally, a supper club was a destination, where patrons could go for the evening and not just a meal.  Cocktail hour, a slow paced sit down dinner and of course dessert all at a reasonable price. (Because here in the Midwest, we’re reasonable people). It also wasn’t a place you went to wearing jeans and a t-shirt.  My mom would pick out a dress for me wear before I went out and made sure my hair was curled and my shoes polished. I’m sure she never imagined I would remember that and be writing about it today!  Friday night at …

Amanda MouttakiWasabi Chickpea Crusted Fish
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Moroccan Chocolate Cake #TeaTimeTraditions

I recently found a new monthly cooking themed blog hop called Tea Time Treats and I am so excited!  Even though I don’t have little girls, my boys have grown up drinking tea. It’s a HUGE tradition in Morocco so it probably would be more strange if they hadn’t. I think this is really funny because before I had met MarocBaba I’d never had a cup of tea – never.  Now I know there’s nothing better in the afternoon than a big mug of tea and a few little snacks to nibble on.  I’m longing for the day I can be in London and have a real English tea time.  For now, my little at home experience will have to do.  So here’s my offering to this month’s theme of CAKES!  This is a Moroccan Chocolate Cake that my sister in law shared with me. I changed the flour to make it gluten free and had to reconfigure the measurements …

Amanda MouttakiMoroccan Chocolate Cake #TeaTimeTraditions