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What’s for Dinner? The Book Edition

Getting a copy of my published recipe cook “What’s for Dinner? was an amazing feeling.

Ayaz and Faraz had been telling me for several years to publish it, and I actually had most of the work done and saved from a few years ago. So when I decided to go for it, the process was relatively quick and easy for me.

If you follow me on pretty much any social media, you will see that first and foremost I always describe myself as Arham’s Mama. It is who I am and it is what makes me most proud and happiest. This book is no different. It’s for him. I want Arham to know I’ll always be his number one fan in anything he wants to do [as long as it’s in good faith].

Have you picked up your copy of ‘What’s for Dinner?. I’d love to hear feedback. 

Have you tried any of the recipesLet me know what you think!

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“What’s for Dinner” is Published

Published!

I’m happy to say that my [first] book of a series of recipes is published and can be found by clicking here.

It is also available directly from Amazon (click here for Amazon link).

The above links I mentioned all are physical copies of the book (paperback), but if you prefer digital books, it is also available as a digital book on the Kindle if you click here.

It is also available as a paperback Amazon Europe too (click here for the Amazon Europe link).

And click here for the Kindle version for Europe.

Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement and support thus far.

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What’s for Dinner: Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

I did another twist on a pull-apart bread that was similar in technique to my Garlic-Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread that I made last week. What I did differently this time was that I used the flavors of garlic knots/garlic bread instead. I essentially used the flavors of my garlic knots recipe.

I used a little less butter this time around.

What I used:

  • 16 frozen dinner rolls
  • 3/4th of a stick of [unsalted] butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of [grated] Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of [shredded] Parmesan cheese

How I made it:

  1. Take sixteen frozen dinner rolls and let it sit in room room temperature for about an hour. After about an hour, cut each of them in half.
  2. Combine your parsley, garlic powder, salt,oregano, and grated parmesan cheese. Mix with the melted butter before tossing it all together with the frozen dinner rolls.
  3. Add in a half cup of  your shredded Parmesan cheese and mix everything well. Make sure all pieces of the frozen dinner rolls are coated well with the butter, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Take a springform pan and line the bottom with all of your coated dinner roll pieces, covering the whole pan.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining half cup of Parmesan cheese on top.
  6. Season the top with more parsley, oregano and garlic powder.
  7. Next, let your bread rise. At least for an hour and a half to two hours.
  8. When you are ready to bake your pull-apart bread, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Bake in your preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown [and the middle in completely cooked through].
  10. Serve warm!

It’s one of those things that need to be eaten fresh as soon as it comes out of the oven for the best results, so serve it warm and quickly!

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What’s for Dinner: Garlic Parmesan Pull-Apart Bread

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  • 16 frozen dinner rolls
  • 1 stick of [unsalted] butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley flakes
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup of [shredded] Parmesan cheese

What I did was:

  1. Take sixteen frozen dinner rolls and let it sit in room room temperature for about 45 minutes to an hour. After about an hour, cut each of them in half.
  2. Combine your parsley, garlic powder, salt, Italian seasoning, and onion powder. Mix with the melted one stick of butter before tossing it all together with the frozen dinner rolls.
  3. Add in a half cup of  your shredded Parmesan cheese and mix everything well. Make sure all pieces of the frozen dinner rolls are coated well with the butter, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Take a springform pan and line the bottom with all of your coated dinner roll pieces, covering the whole pan.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining half cup of Parmesan cheese on top.
  6. Next, let your bread rise. At least for an hour and a half to two hours.
  7. When you are ready to bake your pull-apart bread, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Bake in your preheated oven for about 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown [and the middle in completely cooked through].
  9. Serve warm!

It’s one of those things that need to be eaten fresh as soon as it comes out of the oven for the best results, so serve it warm and quickly!

Like my recipes? Click the below link to purchase my cookbook “What’s for Dinner”:

P.S. This post is a part of my “What’s for Dinner” series, where I share what I’ve been cooking and my recipes.

 

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What’s for Dinner: Homemade Bread

You need:

  • 1 cup of [warm] water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar20140625-173527-63327979.jpg
  • 1 package of instant yeast
  • 3 cups of [all-purpose] flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil

What I did was:

  1. In your mixing bowl, combine the warm water, the sugar, and the yeast. Stir the ingredients together. Then let it sit for around 10 minutes [until the yeast starts to foam].
  2. Next, add in the flour and salt. Mix the ingredients together until everything is incorporated and a nice dough forms. In my stand mixer, I switch to the dough hook when adding the flour and salt.
  3. I, then, sprayed the bowl that I would let the dough rise in with non-stick cooking spray just to make things simple for me. Transfer your dough into this bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and let it rise in a warm area. I typically let any type of dough I am working with rise in a turned off oven. No kneading involved!
  4. Let your rise for around an hour. Or at least 30 minutes.
  5. When you are ready to bake the bread [the dough has risen], preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Line a baking tray with foil [for easy cleanup]. Drizzle olive oil on top of the foil.
  7. Transfer your dough to your lined baking sheet. Score the top of the dough, and drizzle with more olive oil.
  8. Bake in your preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes.

I served it alongside an olive oil and herb dip today, but it would be great for sandwiches or anything else too.

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What’s for Dinner: Garlic Knots

Tonight, I made garlic knots.

The semi-homemade way. I say that because instead of making my own pizza dough first, what I used instead was those refrigerated biscuits.

Easy to make, delicious, and ready in twenty minutes [prep and baking time included]!

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 [16-ounce] can of [refrigerated] buttermilk biscuits20140619-192121-69681884.jpg
  • 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of [unsalted] butter, melted

Here’s how I made it:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line your baking sheet with foil [for easy cleanup].
  2. Cut each of the 8 biscuits in half. Then, using your hands, roll each of the pieces until they are about twice the length. Or even a little longer.
  3. Make a knot out of each piece of dough. and lay on top of your [lined] baking sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, combine together the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder,oregano, parsley and salt.
  5. Melt the butter and add it to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Brush each of the knots with the butter mixture. Don’t get rid of the leftover butter mixture just yet.
  7. In your preheated oven, bake the garlic knots for about 8-10 minutes. Until they are golden brown.
  8. As soon as you take them out of the oven, brush them with the rest of the butter mixture that was leftover earlier. The heat will help the mixture melt over the baked garlic knots and give the finishing touch.

Serve immediately!

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What’s for Dinner: Naan

My parents recently got me a stand-mixer, and I put it to use today by making my own naan for the chicken gyros I made for dinner tonight! In the past, I’ve had such a hard time with making dough and today, it was ready in mere minutes…  dough’s just got a whole lot easier to make.

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  • 1 (.25 ounce) package of active dry yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 4 cups of [AP] flour

What I did:

  1. In my mixing bowl, I dissolved the yeast in one cup of warm water. Let it stand for about ten minutes, or until it becomes frothy before moving on.
  2. Next, add in the sugar, egg, salt and flour. Mix in the ingredients until everything is incorporated [using the flat beater].
  3. Switch over to your dough hook and let it do all the hard work in mere minutes! Then, just pat it into a ball.
  4. Place your dough in a bowl [I sprayed the bowl with non-stick cooking spray to make sure it didn’t stick], and cover with a damp [paper] towel and let it rise. Tip: I always let my dough’s rise in a turned off oven. For this step, let it rise for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.
  5. Next, take pieces of the dough, and roll them into balls. Place them on a [baking] tray. Again, cover with a damp [paper] towel and let them rise again for another hour or so.
  6. When you are ready to make your naan, turn your George Foreman grill on.
  7. On a floured surface, roll each of the balls into a thin circle/rectangle [or whatever shape you want or it turns into] 🙂
  8. Let each naan cook in the grill for a few minutes, flipping half way. I used the George Foreman grill because I wanted the naan to have the grill marks and it was convenient!

I am sure you can do this on the grill, the stove, in the oven, but today I made it in my George Foreman grill. Without adding any oil or butter and still got the great naan taste.

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What’s for Dinner: Braided Pizza Bread

It’s a cold and snowy day [again]. We seem to be having a lot of these lately. Another foot of snow, making the total for the winter season thus far unreasonably high.
 

As a mid afternoon snack, I made this braided pizza bread using a refrigerated pizza dough I had handy. I lay the rectangular dough out on foil [for easy cleanup] on top of a baking sheet. cut the top and bottom parts of the dough to create strips.Down the center, pour marinara sauce, shredded mozarella cheese, parmesan cheese, oregano flakes, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Next time, I’d add strips of bell peppers and chicken too.Fold the strips on top to create a braided look. Brush the top gently with oil oil. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and oregano.

Bake in your preheated 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes.

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What’s for Dinner: Breadsticks

For Ayaz’s birthday, yesterday, I made my bubble-up pizza, a chocolate cake [with choclate frosting] with rolo candies and drizzled with caramel… and these breadsticks!
You need:

  • Pizza dough
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Basil Powder

This particular day, I used the Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough [thin crust]. You can find my pizza dough recipe by clicking here.

What I did was:
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Roll out the pizza dough onto my pan.
  3. Drizzle olive oil on top, and use a brush to evenly spread over the dough.
  4. Sprinkle italian seasoning, garlic powder, and basil powder on top.
  5. Bake in my preheated oven for about 10 minutes.
Cut them into whatever sized pieces you want. Serve them with marinara sauce!

By the way, click here to get the recipe for my Garlic and Cheesy Breadsticks.

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What’s for Dinner: Pizza Stuffed Bread

Yeah, so definitely not a healthy option today.


Oh well, it happens.

Today, I made a pizza stuffed bread. Another twist on my many takes on the pizza flavors we all love. Who doesn’t like Pizza? Actually, one of my aunts doesn’t.

A nice crust, ooey-gooey cheese, and the perfect sauce. Yum!

What you need:

  • 1 [Italian] bread
  • Mozzarella cheese, sliced or diced
  • Marinara sauce
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Extra virgin olive oil

What I did was:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut a deep opening on top of the bread, from one end to the other, without cutting the bottom. Open the bread a little so you have room to fill.
  3. Take several slices of mozzarella cheese and cut them so they fit in the cut space you are filling. Cubes would obviously be easier but slices is what I had to work with today.
  4. Lay the cheese evenly inside the bread, filling the whole length.  Sprinkle with black pepper, garlic powder and red pepper flakes.  Spoon marinara sauce into the bread then add more of the mozzarella cheese on top.  Sprinkle a little bit more garlic and red pepper flakes on top, then drizzle the bread with extra virgin olive oil.
  5. Bake in your preheated oven until the cheese is fully melted and the bread is brown and crispy on all sides… which took about 13 minutes for me.
  6. Serve warm!

I had fresh basil at home and I meant to top the bread with them, but forgot last minute in a rush to get it to the table for iftari.

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