Posts Tagged‘Main Dish’

15 Minute Coke Chicken

#WeekdaySupper Coke Chicken and Twice Baked Potatoes #FamilyDinnerTable

Not only did I get to participate in a very cheesy #SundaySupper yesterday, but I’m also joining #WeekdaySupper this week! The theme we’re tackling this week is SUPER quick meals.  When we lived in the US I was the queen of quick lunches and dinners, but here in Morocco it takes a little more time and planning to make a meal. There aren’t the numbers of canned or boxed convenience items (let alone full meals) to shortcut steps.  I’ve managed to “speed prep” by doing a few things.  I like to cut and chop my produce as much as possible…

Cheddar Popcorn Soup

#SundaySupper Cheddar Popcorn Soup for the #FamilyDinnerTable

This week is the third in a series of events that has Sunday Supper joining up with American Family Insurance to gather around the #FamilyDinnerTable.  Today’s theme centers around our favorite food group – cheese! It wasn’t until we moved to Morocco that my boys and I realized just how deep the love of cheese ran in our veins. I grew up in Wisconsin, where we’re very proud of our dairy heritage. Did you know that Wisconsin is the only place in the United States that has a Master Cheesemaker certification? The University of Wisconsin-Madison operates this program for veteran cheesemakers who have at least…

Quick Persian Rice and Beef

Quick Persian Rice and Spiced Beef for a Middle Eastern #SundaySupper

I have loved participating in #SundaySupper over the last year and have made so many awesome new blogging friends. Now, it’s finally my time to host this event.  What better topic for me than the theme of Middle Eastern food?  If you’ve followed my journey, you’ll know that before I met my husband I could barely cook American food let alone anything else.  Over time and exposure I have become adept at adapting traditional Moroccan and Middle Eastern dishes for an American kitchen. There are so many delicious Middle Eastern foods but I feel a lot of people are overwhelmed…

Italian Wedding Soup

What happens when you leave North Africa and are dropped to the Midwest in under 24 hours? Severe temperature issues that’s what! When I left Morocco it was in the mid-80’s and I’ve been “enjoying” balmy 30 degree temperatures daily since being back.  It left me with one thing to do – make soup. Lots of soup. I had a very long flight back to the US and made sure to fill my iPad with TV shows before I left. I love the free shows, especially since I don’t get to watch much American TV in Morocco. One of the…

Lamb Ragout

Lamb Ragout and Pasta for #SundaySupper

One of the things I have loved the most about moving to Morocco is that nearly 100% of what I cook and eat is local, fresh food. We tried very hard to eat this way in the US but as many people will say, cost really does add up.  Here fresh food is cheap – packaged food is expensive, basically the way it should be everywhere. When I can buy pounds and pounds of produce for only a few dollars, it makes experimenting even more fun. We’ve just finished celebrating Eid al Adha, commemorating the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice…

planning an eid party

Tips For Planning an Eid al Adha Party

Eid is just around the corner! I am busy working on a guest post for My Halal Kitchen about what Eid preparations are like in Morocco.  The sheep have just started coming into the city and people are beginning to prepare. I’ve heard many butchers will close for the rest of the week and my kids have a holiday from school. Earlier this year, at the end of Ramadan my sister threw an Eid al Fitr party for us.  We were in the midst of packing and getting ready for our move and so between her and my mom they…

Quince Collage (1)

One Pot Beef and Quince Tajine for #SundaySupper

I’ve been seeing a lot of fall pictures from my friends on Facebook. The changing leaves. Kids Halloween costumes. Pumpkin spice everything. I sniffle a little and feel a bit sad that I don’t think I’ll see much of fall this year. The olive trees don’t change colors, no trick or treating to prepare for, and pumpkin spice is only a memory.  When I talked to my mom yesterday I heard my niece say “grandma, I need my jacket.” Pfff jackets? My kids aren’t even in long sleeve t-shirts yet! I do keep reminding myself that when the snow starts…

Quail Egg and Merguez Tortilla

Quail Egg, Potato and Merguez Tortilla

I could watch cooking shows all day long – in any language. I am always intrigued by what a chef chooses to create with ingredients, especially unique ingredients. On an episode of Chopped one of the ingredients was quail eggs. I remember thinking how adorable the little eggs looked, but slightly queasy thinking of the little birds that could hatch out of them. (I know, no birds come out of unfertilized eggs!) I’ve had a lot of fun shopping in the markets and grocery stores here. On a recent trip to supermarket mega store Marjane I found quail eggs in…