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On Being Half Sicilian

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It’s so important to appreciate and respect our family roots, no matter how old we are or well-traveled or educated. One always comes full circle in when you’re able to understand at least a little something about our grandparents, great-grandparents and beyond them. What where their struggles? What were their professions? How did they live, what did they eat? What ... Read More »

5 Inexpensive Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without This Winter

Olive Tree Soap Company Organic Argan Oil

We are all pretty well aware that this has been our coldest winter or record. Polar Vortex, ChiBeria, Snowmageddon, whatever you call it, it doesn’t look like we’ll be forgetting this one any time soon.  As we remain warm and comfortable (alhamdullilah) in our homes to ride out the cold wave, each time I look down to my red, dry ... Read More »

Kebsa, a Gulf-Style One Pot Rice & Meat Dish

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Somehow during this polar vortex we’re having, I keep finding myself craving Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods- perhaps it’s the hefty amounts of meat (with all that ‘good’ fat) involved, or the pungent spices that I crave when it’s cold. For the last two days, I’ve made Kebsa (also spelled “Kepsa” or “Kabsa”), a one-pot Saudi style rice and meat ... Read More »

Surviving Chiberia

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Most of the world now knows how incredibly and inhumanely cold it is here in Chicagoland and by the time this post is published, there have been countless articles and photos posted around the web about our insanely freezing temperatures. At the time of writing, we are way beyond negative temperatures but the real feel is even more so. I ... Read More »

Mediterranean Couscous with Chicken & Olives

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We’re in the thick of winter. It’s cold, icy, slushy, and the snow is absolutely beautiful from indoors, as long as you don’t have to drive in any of it. It’s the time of year when you realize that on any given day, the snow storms could blow in and it’ll be a great opportunity to cook up some favorite ... Read More »

Sweet Giveaway: Amal’s Baklava

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Recently I’ve had the pleasure of trying a baklava that is new to me- it’s homemade by a woman named Amal out of her Los Angeles kitchen and it’s delicious in the way that only a  homemade baklava can be. For me, someone who grew up eating baklava from grocery stores that sold the hard but  flaky, almost too hard to ... Read More »

Two (Non-Halal) Things That Could Be On Cheese Rind

Cheese is probably my most favorite food, next to bread. I know, it’s more like an ingredient but I grew up on cheese and carbs, whether it was mac ‘n cheese, cheesy pasta, pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches or some other type of sandwich that had meat and cheese- there had to be cheese or it didn’t feel like a complete ... Read More »

My Interview with Golden Room (UK Website)

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Recently I was interviewed via Skype by a British woman named Dr. W.J. Tuinstra who resides just north of London. She is the Editor in Chief of Goldenroom, an Online Journal for Cross Cultural Relations, and wanted to talk to me about how I started My Halal Kitchen and why. I love this topic and any opportunity to talk about things ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie Recipe Card Printables

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We’ve been talking about pumpkin a lot lately, way before Thanksgiving, just about as soon as the leaves started to change colors. It’s when many of use get excited about cooking and baking with these garden gems. Since pumpkins and other gourds last so long and can so well, they can be used way into the winter season for all ... Read More »

Lemon Tiramisu

Lemon Tiramisu

A while ago I posted images of this recipe for Lemon Tiramisu, a twist on my Classic Tiramisu recipe, over on my Instagram account when I was preparing it for my monthly cooking classes at the UMMA Center. I don’t have step by step process photos of this one, but if you follow those for the Classic Tiramisu, they’re almost ... Read More »