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Kathy Hester’s Indian Yogurt Salad

yogurt salad with pita

Kathy Hester is a food blogger and the author of some really great cookbooks that I’m happy to know about and have on my bookshelf because they demonstrate wonderful ways to substitute meat when you want to or you have to, for one reason or another. We met briefly at the Eat Write Retreat in Washington, D.C. a couple of years ago and later ... Read More »

Lamb Steaks: The Overlooked Cut of Meat

lamb steak

Gorgeous lamb steaks are all I need to get my mind racing about the multitude of ways I can serve them up, but they do seem rare to find, perhaps because they’re not often requested by customers.  All you have to do is ask your butcher ahead of time and it shouldn’t be a problem for him to cut and ... Read More »

Quick Tip: How to Cook a Pot Roast

How to Cook a Pot Roast

To make a pot roast, you will need a boneless cut of beef that’s commonly referred to as chuck roast, pot roast (top blade) or rump roast. Approximately 5 pounds will make a nice roast and serve 6-8 people (thinly sliced). I like to cook it slowly with vegetables like carrots, onions and potatoes in a Dutch oven, as this braising method is great ... Read More »

Carrot Purée as a Healthy Secret Ingredient

put in containers

I learned a really cool cooking idea many years ago that I’ve used over and over again to flavor soups, rice dishes and more. It’ll also help you use up that whole bag of carrots that’s going bad in your fridge right now. If you have kids, you can also use the same trick to slip into a whole host ... Read More »

Halal Korean Cuisine Made Delicious and Convenient

Beef Bulgogi by Saffron Road

When I first came to Chicago over thirteen ago, the last type of cuisine I ever thought I would fall in love with is Korean, not for any other reason than the fact that I had no idea there was such a large population of Koreans living in and around the city. The first way I found out was by ... Read More »

How to Prevent Food From Sticking to a Pan

salt the pan

If you don’t own a non-stick pan, you don’t have to go out and buy one to prevent food from sticking to it. You can make any sort of stainless steel pan non-stick by covering the surface with salt (preferably a coarse salt) then proceeding with your cooking fat, then then the items you want to sauté.  Just use the ... Read More »

Wilton Icing Colors Giveaway & Why It’s Worth it To Contact Food Companies

Wilton Icing Colors MHK Blog Giveaway

I get a lot of questions from readers asking whether or not a product or ingredient is halal. I don’t claim to be a scholar of the fiqh of food or to make any proclamations about whether something is 100% halal (permissible) or haram (forbidden). I ask the experts and find out if a product is halal-certified, as  that is ... Read More »

Chicken Pita Rolls with Hummus & Tabbouleh

Chicken Pita Rolls | My Halal Kitchen

I had no idea what a hit these pita rolls would be. They seemed so easy to make and with such a familiar taste to them, I didn’t even think they would be very interesting to other people. When I instagrammed making these several months ago, so many people were intrigued and wanted the recipe. I totally understand why now- ... Read More »

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup | My Halal Kitchen

While making this recipe and preparing to share it with you, I decided to do a little research to find out the history behind the origin of a soup I grew up eating all the time and that is quite popular in Italian restaurants: Italian Wedding Soup. Growing up in a family with very Sicilian roots, we often ate this ... Read More »

French Onion Soup with a Halal Substitute for Red Wine

French Onion Soup final pic

Just as I’m a huge fan of many French dishes (particularly the peasant food from the south), I’ve also always loved the very classic French Onion Soup, or ”Soupe a l’Oignon”, as the French say it. My mom made it at home a couple times but we mostly enjoyed it at some of the great restaurants where I grew up eating out ... Read More »