Party Punch


1 (46 oz. can) pineapple juice
1 quart orange juice
1 quart apple juice
2 quarts ginger ale
Top with scoops (1 quart) of orange sherbet 

1. Mix all liquids together in a punch bowl.
2. Add scoops of orange sherbet, or fruit sorbet.

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White Chocolate Nut Cookies

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 (6 oz.) package white chocolate pieces
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (pecans, almonds, or macadamia)

1. Heat oven to 375 cream butter and milk in large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add brown and granulated sugar gradually. Beat in egg and vanilla.
2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Stir in white chocolate and nuts. Drop level measuring tablespoon of dough. 
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute.
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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 sticks butter (1 ½ cups)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1. Preheat oven at 300 degrees. Cream sugar, and butter together.
2. Cut cream cheese into 3 parts. Add alternately with eggs one at a time. Add vanilla.
3. Sift flour and add to mixture one cup at a time. 
4.Bake 1 hour and 45 minutes at a 300 degree oven or until a toothpick comes clean.

Oven Fried Trout

  • 1 pound Trout fillets
  • 2 Tbsp peanut Oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup multigrain cornflake crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Rinse fillets under cold running water, pat dry with paper towels.
2. Brush fillets with oil; sprinkle with salt, paprika dill and pepper. Spread crumbs on waxed paper. Dredge fish in crumbs.
3. In 13x9 inch lightly greased stainless steel baking dish, arrange fillets in single layer. 
4. Bake 10 minutes or until fish is done and easily flakes when tested with knife. Serve right away. 

Makes 4 servings.

Sopaipillas (Mexican)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp shortening
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Oil for frying
  • Honey and butter
  • Or cinnamon and sugar 

1. In medium bowl, stir together flower baking powder and salt. Cut in 1 Tbsp shortening with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles cornbread. Gradually add water, stirring with fork. Turn out on lightly floured board. 
2. Knead into smooth ball. Divide in half, let stand 10 min. Roll out each half to 10x12 inch rectangles. Cut into 2x3 inch rectangles. Do not reroll or patch dough. 

3. Drop 1 or 2 at a time into hot oil. Fry about 1 min on each side. Pour honey and butter or sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top

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Asian Fried Noodles (Indonesian)

Submitted By Yasmine Nourma
  • Ingredients:
  • Noodles
  • Chicken
  • Vegetables; cabbage, bok choy, onions
  • 3 eggs
  • Garlic, chili, tomato, candle nut (it’s a type of nut from Asian market)

Blend the following seasonings in a bowl and set them aside.
Chop the following: Candle nut, tomato, chili, and garlic.

Then chop eggs, onion, cabbage, and bok choy set aside.
Cook chicken and shred
Cook noodles and strain 
1. Heat frying pan or stir fry skillet with some cooking oil; fry onions.
2. Stir in the blended seasoning in the first bowl above and then chopped vegetables after stir frying for a few minutes.
3. Add in the shredded chicken and eggs, a little salt to taste if you like and some soy sauce. Keep stir frying until seasoning and veggies along with meat are well blended. 
*Wa LA!!!! it's ready. Our children love it.
Time to cook: 50 mins. shy of it being Tuesday morning, subhanallah. ;-)

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Zucchini Parmesan (Italian)

This dish goes well with basmati rice or pasta.
  • 5 or 6 zucchini, about 1 ½ pounds altogether
  • Flour
  • ½ cup olive oil, approximately
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce (homemade or jar)
  • ½ pound mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Shrimp Cacciatore (Italian)

This is a good recipe to make when you've got a taste for seafood and pasta. I'm a big chicken cacciatore fan. However this dish is lighter and quicker.

1 pound shrimp cleaned
½ cup chopped onion
1 medium green pepper cut into strips
2 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp butter or olive oil
1 (28 oz) can slice tomatoes, or tomato chunks
1(8 oz) can tomato sauce
½ tsp oregano leaves
½ tsp dried basil
2-3 cups of cooked basmati rice or spaghetti
1. Sauté green peppers until peppers are tender. Then add onions, garlic and shrimp into olive oil or butter. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasonings.
2. Bring to a full boil. Cover and remove from fire. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve over cooked rice or brown rice pasta.
Bismillah, Enjoy!