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Interview with Kay McGowan of A Curated World

One of my favorite websites for Moroccan indulgences is A Curated World from Kay McGowan.  Her site was recently launched and is showcasing beautiful, handcrafted products from Morocco. It’s completely an escape for me and there isn’t a single thing that I wouldn’t want to own. I had the pleasure of interviewing Kay a few weeks ago to share more of her story, and the story of her website with you. My apologies for the first minute or two as I wasn’t able to edit out everything without corrupting the file. (I’m not so tech savvy in this department!) Interview…

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Moroccan Eid Menu Planning

This year I’ve been seeing so many great posts sharing Eid menu plans, like this one from Holly of Arabic Zeal or this one from Hollie of Common Cents Mom. In the past I have done a post after our big Eid celebration but as I started to plan it made sense to instead share ideas early.  We will only be staying in New York until Sunday afternoon but I still plan to make breakfast and lunch to celebrate.  I am really hoping that this year will be a little more special than years’ past. Just being surrounded by a…

Chicken Tenders with Date Ketchup

Date Ketchup and Chicken Bites

“You’re making what?” was the question I was asked by MarocBaba and American Grandma after I told them I was making ketchup. MarocBaba added quizically “why would you want to do that? – there’s a bottle in the fridge.” Truthfully I wanted to see if I could do it. Ketchup goes quick in our house. K is a ketchup addict, he eats it on everything. The kid eats ketchup sandwiches (ketchup + bread = sandwich). Lots of conventional ketchups are loaded with artificial ingredients and a lot of sugar. I really wanted to make a good, natural ketchup to pair…

Traveling with Kids: New York Edition

So we’re in New York the culinary epicenter and I’m exposing my kids to as many new experiences as possible.  They were on their own for a few days while I attended BlogHer (I managed to squeeze in a Turkish meal with my friend Kathy of The Experimental Gourmand and a stop by the infamous Halal Guys cart.)  We’ve since been eating our way around the city.  So far they’ve tried; cookies from a real Italian bakery Lebanese Manaqish with za’atar, cheese (K’s favorite) and ground lamb (M’s favorite) NY pizza (clearly my children would devour this) Chinese wide noodles,…

Rogan Josh Stuffed Bread 2

Rogan Josh Stuffed Bread {Whole Foods Giveaway}

Cooking in someone else’s kitchen is no easy task. When it’s a bachelor’s kitchen the challenge is ten-fold. To prepare for our trip I packed two boxes of food and flours (gluten free) as well as kitchen tools that I thought I would need. I should have packed more. I tossed in a few packages of Saffron Road Simmer Sauce for quick and easy iftars and dinners. When we’re at home we tend to make a big iftar that includes dinner. We do this so that we can all eat together instead of having to feed the kids one dinner,…

Jewish Moroccan Tagine with Preserved Lemons

{Guest Post} Chicken with Preserved Lemons from Mother Would Know

I’m in New York City and Washington DC with my family for the next few weeks and knew that my time would be limited.  You may have noticed I’m not posting as often, I apologize.  I’m working in a small kitchen without all the ingredients and tools I normally have.  It’s improvisation at it’s best!  In anticipation for this I asked my friend Laura of Mother Would Know if she would like to guest post.  I’ll be sharing with her readers in a few months.  I hope you enjoy this post!  My cousin Seth gives me the best presents. Whether…

Bead Shop Marrakech

The Aladdin Cave

I was a child of the 90’s.  My childhood memories are riddled with Disney animation (before computer animation), boy bands and neon colors. It’s the Disney movies I remember the best. It was completely acceptable for my 10 or 12 year old self to watch an animated movie. One of my favorites was Aladdin. Recently I watched this with my kids and as an adult I was slightly offended.  It’s a little (ok a lot) stereotypical and maybe even a bit Orientalist. According to my mom, it was perfectly acceptable at the time.  My favorite scene was, and still is…

Eat the World 2012 Food Olympics

Opening Ceremonies: Food Olympics 2012

The Olympic opening ceremonies are tonight!  In honor of celebrating this great world event I decided to host a food Olympics.  Below you’ll find recipes from all over the world.  Make a few and get in the Olympic spirit!!  If you would like to contribute a recipe representing your nation of origin or simply a national dish you love please join up in the linky at the bottom of the post. Also from China; Boiled Coke and Ginger Tea from Steve at Your Not From Around Here, Are You?  One of the great pick-me-ups I discovered in China is boiled Coca-Cola…