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An Easy Way to Protect Your Floors & Walls

It’s amazing what doing a lot of things yourself in your house can do to your psyche. First of all, it makes you feel really accountable for caring for the things in your home that you worked very hard to purchase and that now you want to protect and keep looking nice. Though I haven’t posted it yet, we put in some ... Read More »

[Video] My Interview of Adnan Durrani, Chief Halal Officer at Saffron Road Food

This is our longest video in the series of interviews we conducted at the Halal Food Festival here in Chicago. It’s longer than the others and chock full of information about Chief Halal Officer of Saffron Road Food, Adnan Durrani’s journey through entrepreneurship in the halal industry. He offers insight and tips for those interested in pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors which ... Read More »

[Video] My Interview of Amin Aaser of Noor Kids Book Series

Although not necessarily a food-related product, I have a real affinity for Noor Kids books for several very important reasons. One is that the are excellent books for kids that teach them about Islam in a fun, colorful and visual way with cartoon characters the kids can get to know throughout the series. Amin Aaser, the Harvard educated co-creator of the ... Read More »

[Video] Yvonne Interviews Youssef Elayyadi of Minaret, Producers of Halal Hot Dogs

Yesterday I posted a video interview of Baba Pita Restaurant here in Chicago and I’m continuing on for the next few days with videos that we were able to capture of some of the vendors at the Halal Food Festival on Sept. 14, 2013 right here in Chicago. This next video is one of my favorites because I got to ... Read More »

Weekend Garden Project: Tulip Planting

Think Spring Now

Are you looking for something to do around the house and garden this weekend? Or, simply just don’t know what you can do to plan ahead? Well, planning for the spring garden is a great thing to do right now. Bulbs of all sorts can be planted right now- I chose these beautiful pink tulips to plant so that next ... Read More »

10 Uses for Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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We see pumpkins everywhere right now, don’t we? And they come in all shapes and sizes and even colors (i.e. orange, green, light beige). They’re kind of intimidating when you look at them. Hard, rounded but not perfectly round. Many have ridges that make them hard to cut, too. Forget about using a small knife, too- you need a chef’s ... Read More »

Quick Tip on How to Make a Great Frittata

Add butter to the batter

Yes, it’s true. Butter does make everythign better. Of course, in moderation, and when you use the real thing. Add butter to the batter of any of your favorite frittata or omelette recipes and you’ll be amazed at how easily the egg batter cooks on the stove top or in the oven, without needing additional fat or oil to cook ... Read More »

Got Leftovers from Eid? Freeze These Things Now.

cooking with seasonal produce

I know some people are particular are about leftovers and prefer only freshly-made food, but let’s get a reality check. That doesn’t work for most people who need to get back to work and get on with everyday life and don’t have the time or energy to continue the charade of menu planning, shopping and cooking- especially after hosting a ... Read More »

Chickpea and Cilantro Salad

chickpea and cilantro salad

Many of you have asked about the recipe for this dish that I served over the weekend, so I’ll give it to you simply- because it’s one of the easiest dishes to make, and super simple and healthy. Enjoy! Chickpea & Cilantro SaladBy Yvonne Published: October 17, 2013Yield: 12 ServingsPrep: 10 minsQuick, easy, fresh- isn't that what you like to ... Read More »

Eid on the Farm with Whole Earth Meats

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Please join me this Saturday, October 19 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin as I perform a LIVE cooking demo for a spectacular and unique event organized by Whole Earth Meats, a Chicago-based artisanal meat company who provides fresh organic meats. Those who attend will learn more about how dhabiha halal beef, lamb and goat are raised and brought to the table- ... Read More »