Sisters Need A Place (SNAP)


Date: 4/30/2012 9:15 PM CDT

The weekend of the April 27th we built meaningful relationships with each other. We expanded our conversation and thoughts to bring us closer in building sisterhood in the community.

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Date: 10/7/2010 11:28 AM CDT

SNAP (Sisters Need a Place) is hosting a 3 day womens forum called, "My Shoulder is Here for You- Supporting Each Other Through The Good, Bad and Ugly".  Click here to see the flyer for this event.

The event will be held during October 21st- 23rd at the Urban Research Outreach/Engagement Center (UROC). The cost is $40 per person, $30 with current SNAP membership. Time and address information are listed below:

Thu, Oct. 21 5:00-8:00 pm Fri, Oct. 22 5:00-8:00 pm Sat, Oct. 23 8:00am-3:00 pm

UROC 01 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411 WOMEN ONLY

Sisters Need A Place (SNAP) presents its first Womens Forum to raise awareness and provide solutions to women in the Twin Cities about healthy living, mental health and how to build and maintain positive lifestyle.

This three day event will feature speakers on domestic and sexual violence with a focus on how women can better support each other when facing these and other challenges. Food and entertainment also included.

Childcare provided: Children under 4 $10 each Children 4-15 $15 each

Please Register!: Register Now!!! or call( 651) 330-1036 SPACE IS LIMITED

Our Website is: Event Flyer

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Date: 8/28/2010 12:52 AM CDT

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Date: 8/28/2010 12:47 AM CDT

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Date: 8/11/2010 6:22 PM CDT

Ramadan Recipe Name: Rosy-Roll Description:  A simple way to take cylinder-style open-and-bake rolls, to a new and sophisticated level on a budget. Delight your family, friends and guests with dinner rolls that look like you cut them from a rose garden!


  • 3 packages of Pillsbury Crescent Dough
  • Red and green food coloring

Open the packages of dough.  Place dough into 3 separate bowls.  Mix a few drops of red food coloring into one bowl, kneading the dough until color is smoothly incorporated.  In another bowl mix a few drops of green food coloring.  Shape red dough into rose buds, roll and cut green dough into leaf shapes.  Use the plain dough as a base on which to place the leaves and the rose.  Assemble the dough and bake according to package instructions.

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Date: 8/11/2010 5:50 PM CDT

Ramadan Recipe Name: Aztecan Manicotti Fusion Description:  Nothing mixes the unique Mexican flavors of ancho and poblano chiles with the structure and substance of Italian manicotti like this Aztecan Manicotti.  The look is manicotti with flavors of ancho chiles and enchilada–style “almost-mole” sauce.   If you want the authentic flavor, the ancho chile powder, unsweetened cocoa powder and macadamia oil are a must.  This is a rich-ricotta belly-pleaser with a spicy kick.






Aztecan Manicotti Sauce Ingredients

  • 5 poblano (long, dark-green pepper)
  • 1 can of red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 medium yellow/brown onions
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp of unsweetened Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • ¾  tsp salt
  • ½ bunch of cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp of Macadamia oil
Manicotti Ingredients
  • 1 box of Manicotti pasta
  • 1 package of Ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup of grated Pepper Jack cheese
  • ¼ cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup of crumbled Feta cheese
  • 1 Anaheim chili pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ tsp of salt

In the oven broiler, broil 4 of the 5 Anaheim peppers, then remove skin and seeds.  Cover and set aside.

Boil the manicotti shells for 5 minutes only.  Rinse with cold water, then put in an air-tight container in the refrigerator while you prepare the other ingredients.

Next we will make the sauce.  In a food processor, grind garlic, 1 Anaheim chile, and 1 onion. Sauté on medium heat until ingredients are soft, medium-brown and fully cooked. In a medium bowl, combine Enchilada sauce, sautéed onion-garlic-pepper mixture, salt and spices, cocoa powder macadamia oil and stir until all ingredients are combined with no lumps.  Set aside.

Prepare the stuffing for the manicotti by first, grinding the pepper and garlic in the food processor and then sautéing them.  Next, in a large bowl combine all cheeses, salt, and sautéed pepper garlic mixture.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F). Now it is time to stuff the manicotti shells.  Fill each shell loosely with the mixture, carefully so that the shells do not split or tear.

Arrange the manicotti in an oven-proof pan so that they are side-by-side.  Take the roaster peppers and lay them over the manicotti.  Pour the Aztecan Manicotti sauce over the roasted peppers and manicotti.  Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. 

While the manicotti is baking, finely chop the cilantro and set aside.  After the manicotti has finished baking, remove pan from oven and gently combine the cilantro into the sauce around the manicotti.

Serve hot with more shredded Pepper-Jack cheese and Feta drizzled over the top of each serving.

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Date: 8/6/2010 12:47 AM CDT

Ramadan Recipe Name: Semolina Flatbread

Description: This bread is filling and satisfying and very easy to make. It can be dipped in sauces or sliced open and eaten with cheeses and fresh sliced tomato.  Warning: Do not try this with regular flour! 

Ingredients • 3 cups of fine Semolina • 1 tsp salt • ¼ cup of strong, good quality olive oil • ½ cup of water

Method In large bowl, combine semolina and salt, then work the oil into the semolina with your hands so that it is distributed evenly. It will feel like sand at this point. Next, add the water and knead the dough until everything is evenly distributed. It is fine if it is on the dry side, rather than being too moist.

Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-low heat. Pour a thin coating of olive oil into the skillet so that oil is coating the surface of the pan. Transfer the dough ball to the skillet, immediately pushing down the dough ball and shaping it into a flat disk shape. Allow the bread to cook on one side so that it becomes a nice medium golden brown. Then flip the bread over so that the bread may cook to the same quality on the other side.

Total cooking time on the skillet should be about 10-15 minutes on each side if the heat is at the correct level. Serve fresh off of the skillet for the best experience.

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Date: 8/5/2010 7:54 PM CDT

Ramadan Recipe Name: Lamya’s Basboosa Submitted by: Dr. Lamya Almas (Ph.D. English Literature) Lamya has many delicious recipes posted on her blog. Check it out at

Ingredients • 4 eggs • 1 cup of sugar • 1 cup oil (vegetable, corn or canola–don’t use olive oil) • 2 small cans of Quishta or 1 big one (cream–Quishta is Arabic for Cream) • 1/2 cup powdered milk • 1 tsp vanilla • 2 tsp baking powder • 1 cup coarse Farina • 1/2 cup of crushed pistachios • 1/4 cup of desiccated UNSWEETENED coconut for decoration Syrup Ingredients • 1 cup of sugar • 2 cups of water • lemon juice • 1 tsp of Orange Blossom Water

Method First make the sugar syrup. Place 1 cup of sugar and 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Let it boil under medium heat until it is reduced to about a cup and a half. Turn the heat off and add three drops of lemon and 1 tsp of Orange Blossom water. (Important: Let it cool!).

In a mixer start by mixing the eggs, sugar, oil, and cream, until they are well blended. Add the dry ingredients, one after the other. Don’t be alarmed that the mixture is thinner than a regular cake mix. Place in a 9×13 glass oven dish and sprinkle some crushed pistachios on top. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes- until golden brown on top. (An inserted toothpick should come out clean.) Take it out of the oven and pour the sugar syrup on top (you can pour all of it or some of it, depending on how sweet you want it to be). Once it absorbs the sugar syrup, sprinkle some UNSWEETENED coconut on top.


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Date: 8/5/2010 6:50 PM CDT

Asalaamu Alaikum Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This month SNAP added a category to its Community Expressions Blog. The category "Sharing Recipes for Ramadan" is a way to celebrate and unite our cultures under our Islamic faith. Recipes that you see under this category have been donated for posting so that the entire community (and friends of the community) can enjoy. Iftars are a time to come together, reflect on this blessed month and enjoy the togetherness that a satisfying meal can bring to a family and community.

On August 5, 2010, SNAP sent out a community announcement inviting community members to share their recipes. A copy of this announcement can be viewed here:

Thank you for donating the recipes, and also thank you all for cooking and and enjoying those new recipes and sharing them with loved ones.

Fi Aman Allah, Sisters Need a Place

"O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)." (Al-Hujraat:13)

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Date: 8/2/2010 7:09 PM CDT

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This is a 3 minute video published on the Gulf News Website. The presenter is Yasmine Haddad, a dietician practicing in the UAE.

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