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Almond Peach Cobbler

When I first opened my foodie penpals box a few weeks ago I could smell the peaches. I’m sure that my penpal didn’t go to a peach farm and pick these however just knowing they were much fresher than what turns up in our grocery store.  The smell immediately brought me back to my favorite farmer’s market in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The first weeks in Virginia were a confusing mess.  I have to admit I was terrified to go almost anywhere because I was so afraid of getting lost.  We lived on a very long street that stretched miles – all the way to the Potomac harbor. I learned this street first.  Each trip I became more adventurous, going a little further.  Then, I stumbled on the farmers’ market. With my boys in tow (because they were both still pretty small!) we wove our way around the booths.  I picked up zucchinis and felt a pang of homesickness for …

Amanda MouttakiAlmond Peach Cobbler
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Preparing Your Kitchen for Ramadan

Join me and Saffron Road Foods on Tuesday July 17th at 8 Eastern/ 7 Central for a Twitter chat to get your kitchen ready for Ramadan.  We are only a few weeks away from celebrating this holy month and while we prepare our hearts and minds for the spiritual journey that takes place, many of us also need to prepare for our families nutritional needs. Bring your favorite Ramadan recipes and join us! Not sure how a Twitter chat works? If you’re not a Twitter user – sign up today!  It’s easy and a great tool for interacting with others. If you are a user, pull up our hashtag #RamadanKitchen and follow along.  I will be asking questions throughout the hour.  Questions are designated as Q1, Q2, etc.  When you respond use A1, A2 so that we can all follow along which question you’re answering.  At the end of your tweet be sure to use our hashtag #Ramadan Kitchen.  Some …

Amanda MouttakiPreparing Your Kitchen for Ramadan
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Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World {Review}

I was lucky enough to gain an advance viewing of Unity Productions Foundation latest feature Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. I am a bit of a documentary geek and was interested to see how this story would be told. I was captivated.  This video is one of the most beautiful and interesting films I have seen in a long time. I love travel and every minute of this video was a small vacation.  The narration and insight from scholars of history, art and Islam all added so much to the film.  I kept thinking over and over how important watching a documentary such as this would be in a classroom setting.  It’s not overtly religious, I never felt like there was a religious agenda – which is hard to do.  It was educational not only on an artistic level but as a whole. As a Muslim there was a lot of information that I didn’t know and I couldn’t …

Amanda MouttakiIslamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World {Review}

Foodie Penpals: My Goodie Box from the South!

This month I participated in the Foodie Penpals program hosted by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean.  What is Foodie Penpals? Bloggers and readers are paired up and send each other a box of goodies!  Here is some more information from Lindsay’s site; -On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions. -You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! -The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination! I can’t …

Amanda MouttakiFoodie Penpals: My Goodie Box from the South!
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Rogan Josh Banh Mi

Banh mi is a Vietnamese word meaning bread and most commonly refers to a baguette filled with sandwich toppings.  Like Morocco, Vietnam was a French colony/protectorate.  Wherever the French went they left their indelible mark of bread and boulevards. In Morocco the bocadillo sandwich, a baguette filled with a mishmash of ingredients is a well known street food.  In Vietnam the banh mi is king. The best thing about both of these sandwiches is the unique combinations of flavors and ingredients stuffed inside.  The banh mi is traditionally a pork sandwich but can also have tofu, cheese, or eggs as a filling. This flexibility makes the banh mi sandwich a perfect picnic food. Banh mi’s are also known for the hot sauce that they are often laced with. A Kashmiri dish, Rogan Josh has a similar heat signature. In creating a sandwich that incorporated both Rogan Josh and banh mi flavors this sandwich was born. Using Saffron Roads’ Rogan Josh …

Amanda MouttakiRogan Josh Banh Mi
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Ginger Lime Grilled Chicken and Peanut Salad

The heat index is supposed to be around 105F today.  I will not be turning on the oven for even a second!  When we first looked for a house to rent, central air conditioning was not something I worried about.  I was more worried about finding a home that had a low cost heating source. I failed on both accounts.  Our heat is EXPENSIVE and having only a single window air conditioner upstairs makes for long, warm summers.  Not only do I not want to cook when it’s this warm, I don’t really care to be home! One of my go to meals when the temperatures are soaring is grilled chicken and mixed salad.  This is a great way to clean out my vegetable drawers.  It also is a meal I can take to the lake or park. I like to mix up the marinade I use and have been dying to try Honey Ridge Farm’s Ginger Lime honey glaze. …

Amanda MouttakiGinger Lime Grilled Chicken and Peanut Salad