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Chickpea and Sun-Dried Tomato Salad

Lately I’ve been soaking and cooking my own dry beans- everything from black beans to pinto beans and now chickpeas. I used to do it a lot more often than I do now, but I’m suddenly forcing myself to enjoy the health benefits of freshly-cooked beans as well as the economic benefits. Beans are cheap in … Read more

Fried Yucca

If you’ve never heard of yucca before, you heard about it here first! Also known as cassava or manioc, yucca is a tuberous, hardy and starchy root found in tropical climes such as Africa, Southeast Asia, southern China and the Caribbean, but also known to be a staple food consumed by the Native Americans and pre-Columbian people hundreds … Read more

Chez Colette and Breakfast Eggs with Smoked Salmon

On a cold, blustery winter day in search of some comfort food in a warm setting, we trekked out to a French-American restaurant called Chez Colette.  Actually, anything would have been warmer than outside at that time, but this place was especially inviting. Conveniently located inside the Sofitel Hotel in Rosemont, IL near Chicago’s O’Hare … Read more

Simple Foccacia Bread

Ever since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, I’ve felt it quite frivolous to go about daily tasks such as recipe developing, recipe testing and writing about the intricate details and characteristics of food while an entire island nation of people suffer from lack of the most basic necessities: shelter, water food and medical attention. As … Read more

Italian Herb-Stuffed Mushrooms

My family has been making stuffed mushrooms since I can remember eating savory foods. They look tedious to make, but I promise you they are super simple. I only cut off the stem to use in the stuffing, not the core of the mushroom. I think it makes the recipe easier, less messy and I … Read more

A NYC Halal Cart Known By Its Street Address

I’ve been to New York City many times as a tourist and have even stopped just to eat at this halal cart in Midtown Manhattan late at night while on our way to Rhode Island.  As far as I know, the cart didn’t really have a name until it gained so much popularity by people describing it’s exact … Read more

A Chocolate Drink Three Ways

One of the first pages I opened in the book Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé, written by Dorie Greenspan, was a recipe for Hot Chocolate with Coffee. On a cold early morning when you need caffeine, but also realize it’s the ‘season’ for hot chocolate, what couldn’t be better? One look at the recipe and … Read more

Homemade Banana Pudding

If you’re a regular reader of My Halal Kitchen, you probably know that I keep frozen bananas in my refrigerator at all times- not because I necessarily must have a stash on hand, but because we just normally don’t eat them fast enough. When they’re mature- just beginning to brown- I throw them in the … Read more

Swedish Crab Canapes

Ok, I know I’m really pushing this whole Scandinavian food thing here. Most people weren’t really turned on to the Norwegian Veal Scallops in Cream Sauce. Why? I have no idea, because when you actually try them you’ll truly enjoy veal in a whole new way you’ve not probably tried before. Open minds and open … Read more

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