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Three Quick Baking Tips for Cocoa Lovers

Three Quick Tips for Cocoa Lovers | My Halal Kitchen

I absolutely love sharing tips with readers. It is so enjoyable to pass on things I’ve learned from doing or things that have been passed down to me by those who were willing to share culinary knowledge, which I believe is incredibly valuable to any home cook.  When I’m in the process of doing something, it’s exceptionally enjoyable to share ... Read More »

Amara Halal Cosmetics: A Glossy Giveaway!

Amara Halal Cosmetics Giveaway | My Halal Kitchen

A few years ago I got rid of all my makeup that had any sort of dangerous or questionable ingredients (i.e. chemicals like parabens and petrochemicals that are allegedly linked to cancers, ones I couldn’t understand or that contained pork by-products).  That didn’t leave me with but a few brands I found at Whole Foods Market, The Vitamin Shoppe, or the plant-based makeup by Origins. Thankfully, ... Read More »

How to Remove Seeds From a Pomegranate + Make Pomegranate Punch

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It seems as though pomegranate juice has been all the rage for several years, although it may now be surpassed by the marketing of the benefits of the acai berry.  I hope these unique fruits aren’t forgotten any time soon because they’re absolutely delicious and so beneficial to health, as they are full antioxidants and excellent for heart health. They ... Read More »

What Exactly is a Persimmon?

If you’re wondering whether a persimmon is some type of tomato or if it’s even a fruit or a vegetable, let me tell you that the most I know is it’s a fruit that grows and is consumed widely in Mediterranean climates during the winter, although it’s also consumed widely in Asia, too. Hachiya Persimmon Fruit  As Mediterranean blooded as ... Read More »

Winter Salad with Cranberries & Nuts

Winter Salad with Cranberries | My Halal Kitchen

You might not think of salads as a winter time food, but actually this is one of my favorite times of year to enjoy them. Citrus is at its best in the winter, though it’s obviously not growing up here in the Midwest; it’s coming from wonderful groves in Florida, Arizona and California.  You can find fragrant meyer lemons, oranges ... Read More »

Savory Party Snack Mix

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Party season is well underway, whether you get into it or not. People are off work and ready to gather with family and friends to enjoy some great food. And almost everyone laments eating all that rich food and all those amazing cookies and other sweets that seem to find their way on your plate– even if that plate is ... Read More »

Slow Cooked Beef Stew- A Classic Comfort Food Recipe

Beef Stew Recipe | My Halal Kitchen

I always crave comfort food in the winter time, but right now as a nation and a global community, it looks as though we could all use a lot of comforting, whether it’s through the gathering together of a community or our small family meals we need to be there for one another and offer support, a lending ear or ... Read More »

Video: Two New Quick & Easy Recipes to Delight Your Guests + a Giveaway!

Two Winter Recipes | My Halal Kitchen

I love to entertain guests in the late fall and winter seasons. Everyone is indoors, gathered around the table or hovering in the kitchen instead of dispersed outdoors like in the summer. It’s a great time to catch up with loved ones about how their lives are going and re-connecting with them over great food. That’s another reason I don’t ... Read More »

Pin It to Win It with Crescent Chicken and My Halal Kitchen Recipes!

Pin it to Win it with Crescent | My Halal Kitchen

I’m thrilled to announce the first Pinterest contest that My Halal Kitchen has ever participated in! Crescent Foods (producers of top quality truly halal poultry products) is giving away a $50 gift card to the person who gets the most re-pins of their recipes using Crescent chicken, one of which must be a My Halal Kitchen recipe. You can find ... Read More »

Acorn Squash Hummus

Acorn Squash Hummus | My Halal Kitchen

Years ago I would have never openly served a hummus dish other than one made strictly from chickpeas and tahini (sesame seed paste). I thought I might offend a guest or anyone who thought it would be impossible to enjoy alternatives, although I’ve been playing around with recipes that used red pepper and different types of squash for years and ... Read More »