cheesey garlic breadsticks

I can never order pizza and not order breadsticks. Provided it’s pretty much the same thing, just without the sauce, that you ultimately end up dipping the breadsticks in, but they just taste so good! For me, it’s the garlicky butter. But as you guys know, I love making pizza at home, and for those days, I always make some cheesy breadsticks to go with. Here is a super simple recipe, something you’ll find yourself making as a side for so many things, Lasagne, Penne Alfredo, Tomato Basil Fettuccine and so many more dishes!

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ricotta shells

I’ve loved these little bundles of cheese for as long as I can remember. My mom used to make a huge pyrex dish of them, so it would last two days, and I would keep sneaking into the kitchen and scarf one down while no one was watching until I’d made a huge dent, after which I would run upstairs and pretend to sleep so I wouldn’t be caught!

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potato fatteh

There’s no hiding my love for Mediterranean food. I can eat it all day, every day, and have a list of recipes on here to prove it! But I was gifted an amazing cookbook, Baladi by Joudie Kalla, and it has truly been a treat reading through it. You not only get detailed family recipes, but you get stories mixed with beautiful photography to give you an experience like no other. An insight into the cuisine itself. From there I gathered the courage to put a spin on a recent favorite, Fatteh…

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Southwest Spring Rolls

…The crunchy vegetables, the gooey cheese, the earthy spices all rolled up into a crispy shell are the treat you need in your life…

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Kala Chana Masala (Black Chickpea Stew)

black chickpeas, stewed chickpeas, chickpea stew, gluten free, vegan

Kale Chanay (Black Chickpeas) are a family favorite. They have a different flavor compared to chickpeas, more robust and intense, and have more of a bite to them. They’re found in spicy and tart chaats, dry roasted and packed into newspaper packs on the streets of Pakistan, and in robust stews, like the one made in my home. They create a gorgeous masala with just onions, no tomatoes or yogurt in sight, and they are full of nutrients. I love them served over gorgeous long grain basmati steamed to perfection, but you won’t find me refusing to eat them with naan either…

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