About An Introverted blogger

Introvert, gym rat, book lover and avid baker. With this blog I hope to share with you personal anecdotes, life experiences, my love for baking and fitness – (fitness because of the incessant need to bake and eat), and hope for the blog to emerge as a melting pot of some interesting reading!

How To Raise A Reader


By far, the most asked question on my blog is ‘how do you get your children to read?’ How do they choose a book? ‘How do you inspire them to pick up a book instead of playing video games?’

Let me start by saying, there is no magic formula or some big trade secret. Countless articles lay the importance of reading to your child when they are a baby. So I will say that, yes, we started very early! In fact reading paves the way to college! Read more about that here. But if you didn’t start reading with your child early on, no worries. Today I will share with you some things I did with my kids and perhaps you will find these helpful with yours as well. 

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Black Forest Cake

A black forest cake is traditionally made a different way. It uses only eggs and no baking powder to make the cake rise. It also is infused with liquor. Here I have made a different version for you all. I’ve taken my favorite moist chocolate cake and layered it with fresh whipped cream and cherries.

 

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Muhammara Dip

Muhammara is a traditional Syrain dip that is made with roasted red pepper and walnuts. Perhaps the best thing about this dip is that it is packed with flavor and super easy to make.

It is a perfect appetizer that can be served alongside hummus, mutabal, and perhaps a side salad. It pairs well with pita chips or a flatbread. Continue reading

Chicken & Broccoli Pasta with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce


Pasta is one of those versatile foods that you can create in many ways! Perhaps add in some marinara or alfredo sauce, veggies, or even cheese and it comes together beautifully for a substantial family meal. Pair it with a garden salad or some crusty garlic bread for that perfect meal. Pasta dishes are also great to take to potlucks and are loved by kids and adults alike!
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Finishing Her Story

Photo Prompt © Jeff Arnold

Anna walked along the marina, admiring the gorgeous weather. It had been months since she had finally stepped out of her home and made her way to the old boat.

The lock down had hit her hard, and she couldn’t wait to get away, on her own for a while.
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Buffalo Chicken Bites

Buffalo chicken Bites Served with White Rice

This recipe is a family favorite in our home. The chicken comes out nice and crispy and it is paired with a tangy hot and sweet buffalo sauce. I serve it with white rice and my children love it!
Originally I had seen a version of this recipe on Chef Shireen Anwar’s cooking show, and have been making a close variation of it for many years.
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Greek Salad with a Pomegranate Molasses Dressing

Image shows a close up of the greek salad

This colorful and vibrant salad that packs a crunch is perfect for the summer months. It comes together quickly and is literally one of those ‘chop and drop’ salads. Typically the salad dressing that goes with it is a lemon mustard vinaigrette, but in this recipe I use a pomegranate molasses that is slightly more tart and takes it to another level!

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Death By Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Cookies on a wire rack

These are by far one of the most requested cookies in my home! But in the interest of full disclosure, these are best enjoyed for folks who crave a serious chocolate fix! They are extremely decadent, so having one will likely suffice. The recipe is from my all time favorite Sally’s Baking Addiction.

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A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Books about the contemporary immigrant experience has recently been on the rise. We have seen great books like A Place For Us, and The Girl Who Smiled Beads that narrate the American immigrant experience.
Though the central theme maybe be the immigrant experience, every story has it’s own narrative. Some recount the horror of worn torn countries while others about how they struggled with cultural identities once they immigrated.

My most recent read with this theme has been Etaf Rum‘s debut novel, ‘A Woman is No Man’ which portrays the difficult lives of Arab -American women.

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