Monthly Archives: February 2015

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I am so proud of the views on my blog! Alhamdullilah! I have the world covered… well mostly ūüôā¬†


Teaching and food… Lots and lots of food :)

So I moved to Chicago around 6-7 month ago and I got a sweet job teaching immigrants and refugee’s (Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, etc) U.S. History and Civics at Arab American Family Services*. I swear my students are the best cooks and they are the most loving bunch… if you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been blogging much it’s because of this! Its something new every week! I am stuffed and probably have gained over 10 pounds! Love it and love my students!!! p.s. I am in love with Maqluba, Mansaf, and Baklava (so many new dishes I am learning about Alhamdullilah) now to learn these recipes ¬†and share them with y’all.


This was the course and desert I received today… Homemade Pasta and homemade cookies. IMG_1605IMG_1606

*Arab American Family Services¬†is a non-political, non-religious organization that focuses on building respect and understanding between Arab-Americans and the mainstream-American culture. For more information about¬†AAFS¬†please click¬†here. If you’d like to make a donation to help them achieve their mission donate here. Thanks!

Mexican Chicken & Rice – by Fina!

Guest recipe by beautiful Fina Alfonsina Diaz!

This is a delicious easy recipe that will make any soul warm.

Enjoy and thank you very much Fina for letting me watch and blog about this recipe.

1 cup uncooked rice
¬Ĺ an onion – sliced
¬ľ green bell peppers (capsicum) – sliced
1-pound chicken
1-32oz packet of Swanson Chicken Broth
¬ľ – ¬Ĺ can of tomato sauce
1 tsp garlic paste or minced garlic
¬Ĺ tsp cumin powder
Salt to taste
Handful fresh cilantro
Oil as per choice


Heat oil over medium heat.
Fry the dry rice while gently stirring, till rice turns brown.
Add the sliced onions.
Add the sliced green pepper


Add the chicken and mix well.
Add the chicken broth and let it simmer for a few minutes.
Add the tomato sauce.
Add salt as per taste.
Add garlic and cumin powder.


Add chopped cilantro.
Add ¬ľ cup of water.
Bring the mix to a boil
Cover on medium heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes or till the water is completely dry.


Tasty Mexican rice ready to be served!

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