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…

Slow Cooker Chicken Shawarma

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…

Wasabi Chickpea Crusted Fish

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…

Gluten Free Moroccan Chocolate Cake

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…

Saffron Rice and Meatballs

Review: The Bengali Five Spice Cookbook

Several weeks ago I stumbled across a post on Cooking in Westchester through a friends share on Twitter. It’s an Indian cooking blog specifically focusing on Bengali cuisine. I am always drawn to blogs like my own, those who are living outside the country they blog about.  Although I’m not Moroccan I have found that cooking Moroccan food is a way to bring my children closer to their culture and also give MarocBaba a little less homesickness. I also happened to come to this new blog on a post talking about her new cookbook and desire to have bloggers participate in…

The Best Way to End the Weekend? #GivingTuesday

I’m totally tapped out on all the shopping hype over this past weekend.  I even considered braving the freezing winds we had on Friday morning to trudge my way to Best Buy. I then regained my senses and took to my laptop instead.  Shopping done. So let’s recap.  We’ve had Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.  Monday is Cyber Monday and now perhaps the best idea yet – Giving Tuesday.  I’m someone that believes giving should happen all the time, but it makes sense to end the ThanksGIVING weekend with a day that’s actually about giving. So what is it…

giving the gift of travel

Giving Kids the Gift of Travel

Were you one of those crazy people standing outside at 3am this morning waiting to score a deal on the latest electronic toy for Christmas? Not me. This year I decided we would try something else.  I’ve shared how important travel is to our family. It’s more than just a good time, it’s an opportunity to open my kids eyes to the world outside of our small community.  So this year when grandma and grandpa started asking what the kids might like I drew a blank.  My kids have a lot.  A lot more than they need.  A lot of…

A Very Moroccan Thanksgiving

A Very Moroccan Thanksgiving

Here, in the United States we’re celebrating Thanksgiving today.  This morning I’m doing a “Turkey Trot” with my mom and step-dad, and while some people will be running the 5 mile course, we’ll be walking it.  You have to start somewhere right? It’s a low-key kind of day, with the traditional American Thanksgiving dinner, a screening of Brave, and roasting marshmallows once the sun goes down. I’m even making a promise to myself to shut my phone off.  That’s right – OFF! In honor of today’s festivities I thought I would share some ideas to jazz up your table with…