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Revving up for Ramadan

Revving Up for Ramadan by Kiran Ansari

This article is a guest post by writer and entrepreneur Kiran Ansari, owner of Up a Notch Gifts.  With just a few weeks left for the most wonderful time of the year, share the spirit of Ramadan with even the youngest members of the family. When they see you prepping for special guests or a party, they can sense the ... Read More »

CLOSED: Modern Wall Art Giveaway

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I’m a huge fan of Instagram, mostly because I’m such a visual person. I like to get inspired by scrolling through the feeds of all the people whose photos I find so beautiful, whether they are traveling, eating or creating something special for the home. That’s how I came across Modern Wall Art, a family run company creating special, unique ... Read More »

CLOSED: Nadoona Workout DVD Giveaway

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I’m so happy to have finally been able to see the Nadoona Extreme fitness video. It was the perfect time, too, when we were basically holed up inside during the fierce winter weather which seemed like an eternity. I spoke with my friend Nadine Abu-Jubara, the Founder and President of Nadoona, who is by the way, just about the nicest, ... Read More »

CLOSED: Supreme Date Vinegar Giveaway

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I love to try all sorts of vinegar. It has been one of those few must-have condiments on my shelf for the last 12 years, which is about the time I discovered how much it could help aid my digestion after eating, especially all of those meals in which I completely over-did it on the spice level simply because I love ... Read More »

Healthy & Economical Cooking Classes at UMMA Center

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During much of 2013 I had the incredible fortune of being invited to teach healthy and economical cooking to students at the UMMA Center (Urban Muslim Minority Alliance) located in Waukegan, IL.  Earlier in the year I spoke with Arshia Ali-Khan, Director, Business Development & Marketing at UMMA Center, about sponsoring one of their fundraisers. She told me more about the ... Read More »

#MyHalalDinner Reader Photos

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Recently on the My Halal Kitchen Facebook page, I decided to ask everyone there to share what they were having for dinner, as I often do because I’m so curious about what you’re all eating! This time, however, I created the hashtag #myhalaldinner for this ‘event’ and asked everyone to submit photos and tell us what the name of the ... Read More »

Teaching Kids About Eid ul Adha

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The following post comes to us all the way from Doha, Qatar where our friend and partner in creating the Sweet Dawah™  Kit line of products at her company, Silver Envelope, Raana Smith lives. Photo Courtesy of Silver Envelope As we move in to the last 10 days leading up to Eid al-Adha, we notice a flurry of things going ... Read More »

Korean Slow Cooked Beef & Vegetables

Korean Slow Cooked Beef with Saffron Road Simmer Sauce

Since we’ve moved into our house and begun construction, it’s the simple things in life that have kind of gone straight out the window- like an organized closet, knowing where all my cooking spices are, and the luxury (because it truly is) of having a working stove hooked up to a gas line, right next to a working sink where ... Read More »

Fruit Chaat

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The perfect starter to a Ramadan Iftar meal, this deliciously-spiced fruit salad recipe was submitted by reader Shazia Wahid. From experience, I know it tastes just as good as it looks and it’s the quintessential dish to appear at an Indo-Pakistani Iftar table during Ramadan.   Fruit ChaatBy Yvonne Maffei Published: July 17, 2013Yield: 4 cups (4 Servings)Prep: 15 minsA ... Read More »

Silver Envelope + My Halal Kitchen = Sweet Dawah Kits for Ramadan, Eid and Islam

My Halal Kitchen for Silver Envelope Sweet Dawah Ramadan and Eid Cupcake and Cookie Kits

One of the most incredibly satisfying parts of my work this year has been a collaboration with the wonderfully creative founder of Silver Envelope, Raana Smith. She’s brilliant, has an eye for design and is a really nice person- and that’s what made this project so special. Raana and I worked together to combine our interests in food, beautiful packaging ... Read More »