Chicken with Almonds

This recipe is one that I have been after for many years. It was written in a cookbook, then ripped out and placed in another, then it was misplaced and lost forever…I vaguely remembered my mom making it, and with just half of the ingredients in mind, I began mixing and experimenting with sauces until I had my “Aha!” moment…This recipe is so simple to pull together, as all my recipes are, and I promise you, if you have all your ingredients out in front of you, this will come together in 15-20 minutes. That’s a weeknight meal miracle, isn’t it? So here’s it is, Chicken with Almonds, in all it’s glory. ..

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chicken corn soup

I love how the way we eat changes with the seasons. Light, fresh ingredients in the summer, and hearty, warming bowls of comfort in the winter. This Chicken Corn Soup is said warming bowl of comfort. I love the pops of corn and silky ribbons of egg nestled in a comforting bowl of yakhni (chicken stock). It’s so beautifully balanced with robust vinegar and hints of sesame. This fool proof, quick version of soup is ready in under 20 minutes, which is perfect for a cold winter evening, isn’t it?

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Apple Crumble

…It reminds me of my kitchen in Lahore. I can see myself sitting on the marble counter, kicking my feet against the cream colored cabinets. I can smell the apples and cinnamon, and I impatiently wait for the crumble to get that perfect golden brown so I can take it out, spoon a heaping amount of crumble into my bowl and top it off with vanilla ice cream and devour it before my mom finds out I’m baking at 2 am again! Oh the memories!

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thanksgiving tahdig

I’ve been mixing things up on Thanksgiving for the past couple of years, and it’s a hit every time. Bringing in Mediteranean and Persian notes into your meal can add so much to the table, literally and figuratively! Last year I went for a Mediteranean theme, with my potato fatteh and hummus, but two years ago I went full persian and made a sweet potato tahdig. This year, I’m going to make a Tahdig, keeping in mind the feedback I got from looking at my husband grudgingly picking off the sweet potato from his rice as he ate(he’s a picky one). So this year, I’m skipping the veggies and keeping the flavor…

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chicken ka salan

…In my family, although bone in chicken with a beautiful shorba is very much appreciated, we’ve gotten into the habit of making boneless chicken just for the ease. Kids are hungry and cranky? Quickly defrost that boneless chicken and throw it in the pot! Home after a long day and want something quick to eat? Throw together that boneless chicken salan! So here is my family’s recipe of boneless chicken ka salan. You won’t miss the flavor on bone in chicken because the ingredients add such an intense flavor to this, you might just hang up your whole chicken to dry and switch to this for good…

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