|Delicious Chicken Vegetable and Vermicelli Soup|
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Hello! My name is Nadine and I am an Eggplantholic! I am! and there is such a thing! It is a very serious predicament! Eggplant controls your life! You go to the grocery store armed with a detailed shopping list that specifically does not include any eggplant and then you see eggplant! the list goes out the window and you start looking for other items that you need for this eggplant dish! I am always looking for new ways to cook eggplant and showcase it.
Friday, October 26, 2012
|Traditional Eid Cookie: Date Maamool|
Thursday, October 11, 2012
I have had chocolate chips cookies before coming to the states but to the be honest with you, I was never impressed and I wondered why this fuss about chocolate chips cookies. I came to the US and found that there is a chocolate chips cookie cult. Kids adore them, adults go crazy for them. Chocolate chips cookies are the quintessential American treat!
Friday, September 14, 2012
My daughter Alya turned 3 almost two month ago! Happy Birthday! I wanted to throw a little birthday party at home. She always asks to have her friends over and I thought that a glorified play date is the way to go. You probably know that at this age, blowing the candle and the cake is very very important to 3 years old toddlers.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
|Beautiful homemade Hamburger buns|
You probably think that I have the time of the world, you probably think that I live thousands of miles away from a grocery store and you probably think that I am crazy. To answer you: No, No and No
Saturday, June 30, 2012
|Decorated Sugar Cookie Pops|
Monday, June 18, 2012
|Mustache and Bow Ties Decorated Cookie Pops|
Happy Father's Day! Here in the USA Father's day is as important as Mothers day and it should be so. In Lebanon, Fathers day is a new trend but really it's fiesta can NOT be compared to that of Mother's Day. Whether it is celebrated or not, in our home, Father's day matters. Alya is a very lucky girl, she has an amazing father. The best part is that he loves taking care of her and she knows it and feels it. Having said so, I wanted to celebrate the occasion by baking cookies with a funny twist.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Couple of weeks ago my nephew Karim turned one! Happy Birthday Karim! Karim is just the happiest baby I ever saw. When he smiles, his whole face smiles and especially his blue blue eyes. I love to make handmade cards for my family and friends when time allows and this time I wanted to make sure that Karim will get his special first birthday card.
Monday, June 4, 2012
your own yogurt, which is fantastic by itself, but you can take it one step up by making your own Labneh or Kefir Cheese. Labneh is a staple breakfast or dinner item in the Lebanese pantry. You drizzle olive oil all over labneh and eat it with olives, zaatar (thyme), tomatoes, cucumber and of course Arabic bread.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
If someone told me five years ago that I would be making my own yogurt, I would have laughed hysterically. Five years ago, I was in between planes, working on weekends and the most that I was able to cook was fried eggs. Then, I married and moved to the USA. I was trying to adapt to the new life.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
It was teacher appreciation week at my daughter's preschool. I volunteered to bring a dish for the lunch potluck. What dish to bring? I needed something that everybody likes, that looks cute, is easily transferable and can be ready in under one hour. And there you have it... Mac and Cheese Bites! I mean really, who doesn't love Mac and Cheese, and especially when made into cute individual portions that can fit in a tupperware without worrying about car spills. I prefer to buy blocks of cheese and grate them at home because store bought grated cheese is often coated with starch, which affects the texture once melted. Not to mention that you actually know the source of your cheese, and it is economical.
1/2 pound of mini elbow macaroni
1/2 cup of finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
4 ounces of mild cheddar cheese shredded
1 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter, plus more for brushing the muffin pan
1 1/2 tablespoon of flour
1 1/2 cup of milk (I used 2% but you can use fat free or whole milk)
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 teaspoon of salt, plus more for the pasta water
1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
pinch of nutmeg (I like to use freshly grated nutmeg)
Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C or Gas Mark 7) and make sure that the oven rack is positioned in the upper third of the oven.
Prepare the muffin pan by buttering each muffin cup and sprinkling Parmigiano. Shake and remove excess by tapping on the pan.
Bring water to boil in a big pot, add a generous pinch of salt to water and add the mini elbow macaroni - cook according to directions. Strain in a bowl and let it cool down a bit, then add the egg and smoked paprika and mix.
In a pan, melt the butter and add flour. With a wooden spoon, stir the mixture to cook the flour (this is called roux and it is the base of Bechamel sauce), add the milk gradually, while stirring the mixture. As the temperature of the sauce increases, you will notice that it thickens. This signals that it's time to add the nutmeg, salt and pepper. This is the famous french Bechamel sauce. At this point add the cheddar cheese and stir until it is melted and fully incorporated.
Add the cheese sauce to the pasta mixture and stir until fully incorporated.
Spoon the mixture into each muffin cup and gently pack it. Sprinkle the rest of Parmigiano on each cup.
Bake the Mac and Cheese for around 12 minutes until bubbly and crispy. If you feel that it needs more color on top, set the oven on broil for 1 minute or until the desired color is reached.
Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool down. Step away from the pan... yes you heard me. I know that you are impatient and you want to remove the heavenly bites from the pan but no... step away. I can tell you from experience, I didn't step away and I tried to remove one before it cooled down and the thing fell apart. (Needless to say, it didn't go to waste, it was the chef's reward)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
|Pineapple Upside Down Cake|
Thursday, April 5, 2012
|Soof or Turmeric Semolina Cake|
Hello and welcome to my blog and my life. Well you know by now that I am Nadine and I am reinventing myself or at least trying to. I am born and raised in Lebanon and moved to USA in 2007 to marry my fiance. I am now a mother which entails being a cook, driver, secretary, housekeeper, gardener, seamstress, clown, crafter , warm up artist and many many other professions. I realized the need to reinvent myself within 3 weeks of coming to the USA..it is a process that starts with Disbelief; as in "who am I and what I am doing here"...then Denial "noo...things will change...I am the same person", to Anger "What in the world was I thinking? " to Acceptance "well I have to cook anyway, might as well make something delicious and pretty"and finally Bargain "Ok..pretty will come later, let's start with edible and not burning the house down" (these stages are greatly inspired by the five stages of grief but in different order (Kübler-Ross model).
And thus my reinventing journey started. I always loved food, design, paper, calligraphy, arts and making things from scratch and by myself. This blog will allow me to document my journey and share it with my friends and family (who often ask for my recipes) and may be strangers who share their love for the above too. I must say that blogs in general helped me a lot to refine my skills and inspired me daily to translate my ideas to reality (sometimes convinced me that my ideas simply don't make sense and must remain in that busy brain of mine).
Welcome to Reinventing Nadine