Lasagna

Lasagna

...sometimes I crave something a little more classic. A beef ragu and a creamy ricotta filling with  a crust of cheese and sauce bubbling around the edges...

Turai ki Sabzi (Stewed Zucchini)

Turai ki Sabzi (Stewed Zucchini)

I used to hate vegetables as a kid. But oddly enough, one vegetable I loved was turai ki sabzi. I accidentally took a bite, not knowing what it was, and I loved it. It was sweet, yet spicy. It was soft, but not a complete mush, and my mom conveniently didn't tell me it was plain old zucchini until I was old enough to realize that I was enjoying vegetables. Needless to say I was shocked, and eventually began trying other vegetables.  Potatoes I can have in any form, but tori only hits the spot if it's stewed in an onion and tomato masala with a sprinkling of fresh cilantro, mopped up with fresh roti.

Best Hummus

Best Hummus

I take my hummus very seriously. I may be a Pakistani but I grew up in Michigan, surrounded by delicious and authentic Mediteranean food. I can spot a fake and lumpy hummus full of unwelcome ingredients from a mile away. I keep mine simple, to the point, and delicious, as it should be. It's beautifully balanced with nutty notes from the tahini, a fresh zing from the lemon juice and a subtle bitterness from the olive oil and garlic. You take one bite and you know you're eating the real thing.

Sumac Chicken

Sumac Chicken

While this dish is not a traditional Musakhan, the flavors are heavily inspired by it... I made this Sumac Chicken when I moved to Chicago. Not only did I miss my family, but the food we loved eating together. I missed the Mediteranean restaurants we used to gather at for every celebration.