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IFANCA

Ever wonder what or who is involved in the halal-certification process for foods, vitamins and other consumer products? Want to know the latest products that are being made and stamped with a halal seal of approval? IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) is in the business of doing just that, just for you, the halal consumer. Headquartered in Chicago, ...

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5 Simple Ways to Get Your Gardening Groove On

Window Box Seeds

Here in the Midwest, much like other parts of the country we’re experiencing a complete and utter freeze. It’s incredibly hard to imagine colorful flowers, edible gardens, or even water that doesn’t freeze when poured right now, but this is the best time to think about your spring garden. The Butchart Gardens Seeds- Vancouver, Canada Yes, your spring garden. And summer ...

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Chile Relleno Tacos at Las Asadas

Inside Chile Relleno Taco | Las Asadas Mexican Restaurant

I absolutely love Mexican food.  Having lived and studied in Mexico during my college days and since traveled to both the Yucatan Peninsula and the Jalisco area since those times, I’ve really experienced a great variety of Mexican cuisine. Each region has such a diverse culinary culture- the coastal areas are naturally endowed with the freshest fish; inland there are more meat, cheese and ...

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Cooking Video with Halal Healthy | Making Baked Phyllo with Sauteed Mushrooms and Goat Cheese

Over the summer during the ISNA convention in Chicago I was invited by Don Tymchuck, Founder and President of Med-Diet Laboratories, Inc. to conduct cooking demonstrations at his company’s Halal Healthy booth. Halal Healthy is a division of Med-Diet , selling halal products such as entrees, seasonings and 7-day care packs for those who may not have time or the ability to cook ...

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Homemade Yogurt Cheese

homemade labneh

When I began this blog, one of the first recipes I shared with everyone was for homemade yogurt. If you have a yogurt maker, the recipe is ideal for going beyond yogurt to making yogurt cheese, commonly known as labneh in the Middle East. If you don’t want to make it yourself,  just start out with a good quality store-bought yogurt. Labneh is wonderful as a spread or dip any ...

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