Pantry and stomach necessities

This afternoon I found myself watching Julie & Julia and wanting to make boeuf bourguignon. Why you say? Because Amy Adams makes it in the movie and it looks delicious! It also sounds like so much fun to say …

Boof Burg-in-yun.

But boeuf bourguignon is for another day. How was everyone’s Labor Day weekend? Ours was great! I didn’t think we would be able to do anything since doc’s schedule is always hectic but we found time J We watched The Campaign (which was OK) and then took a surprise visit home!

You all know how much I LOVE Chicago. So going to the beach along Lake Shore drive made me the happiest person ever. We played some volleyball, some touch football (that I sat out of), and then went to eat some gyro pizza. Mmm. That stuff was gooood.

Now I miss it. I want to go back to the beach!

Time to talk business … I realized that every reader goes through recipes and decides on making something relatively simple but has to go out to get the ingredients. That’s too much work for something like home made cookies. What are supposed to do when you want to make Chewy Chocolate cookies with walnuts at 10pm? Do you go out to the grocery store? No.

(sidenote: I am not going to indulge in such cravings this month, I have a honeymoon to go to! Expect healthy posts soon!)

Sooo, when you do crave such things, and really want to make something you should already have stuff on hand! For the next few days, my posts will be about pantry essentials for when you want something and don’t have time to go to the grocery store. And the recipe to the cookies of course! This is what I usually have stocked in my pantry:

Baking Essentials:

All Purpose Flour (or wheat)

Baking Soda/Powder

Brown Sugar



Cocoa powder






Vanilla extract


Extras: Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, other extracts


Chewy Chocolate Cookies with walnuts

Yields 36 cookies


1 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ¾ cups flour

1 ¼ cups cocoa powder

2 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 cups walnuts

1 tall glass of milk ;)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and both types of sugars. Add eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla.

In another large bowl, combine all the remaining dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda) and gradually add to the creamed mixture. Once combined, fold in the walnuts and drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes until puffy. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


The milk is essential! Enjoy!


– Aisha


Need a date? I can help!

ImageOk, so the best part about iftar has to be the kajoors (Dates) and not just any kind of kajoors, Mejdool dates. Mm. Mmm. Mmmm. So sweet and chewy and there’s so much of it!

But I cannot have dates after Ramadan. I don’t know why or what it is. It’s just not as special. UNLESS, you serve them like this!

So good, it’s dessert! Ask my sister in law, she doesn’t like dates but she requested the recipe

(definitely got some bonus points that evening ;] ) 

I’m not going to say dates are boring, they’re still delicious but theseee are even better. I’ve seen different takes on this. Back in the day when I was young (two years ago), I was in love with almond tucked dates. There was something about the crunch that I liked. A friend of mine dipped her dates in chocolate. It’s brillant. Anything dipped in chocolate is amazing. I should do that with my medicine. It’ll probably be the only way I can take it.

I’m sidetracking here. Sorry! Anyway, the first time I made these babies I took cream cheese and 2 cups of sugar and mixed it all together and piped it into the dates. I tried all sorts of things; I would add in cinnamon or brown sugar or even melt some chocolate and mix it in.

And then I found something uberly fantastic. It’s this thing called Philidelphia Indulgence white chocolate flavored cream cheese. Uhm, half the work in a box?


 Yes Please!


 Pipe it in and put some amazing toppings on and even those that don’t like dates will surely love them. Trust me, I know ;]

Decadent Kajoors

 (make more than 1 per person, they’ll go by fast)


Philidelphia white chocolate cream cheese

Chopped walnuts

Chopped chocolate


Ziplock bag for piping

Cinnamon powder

Take a knife and make a butterfly cut by cutting halfway through. Remove pits.


Take a ziplock bag and fill it with the cream cheese. Pop it into the microwave for 10 seconds. By doing this, the cream cheese will have an easier flow. Cut a small triangle at the corner of the ziplock bag and pipe into the dates.

Place all toppings on a plate and use the side of the cream cheese to press against them. Image

Add a dash of cinnamon on top, refrigerate for at least 10 minutes and take them out to break your fast. I guarantee you’ll want a second!

Ps. I want to know what you as my followers want to see on this blog! So comment below and I’ll definitely make/test something you want!

– Aisha