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Food Insecurity in America: A Place at the Table

Perhaps one of the reasons many people are regaining interest in gardening today is due to the conscious or subconscious fear of food insecurity. We hear so much about food-borne illness due to crops like spinach being contaminated with e.coli, meat recalls for a variety of reasons mostly related to unhealthy animals living in deplorable conditions, and the rising price ... Read More »

My Latest Food-Related Articles in Sisters Magazine

If you haven’t subscribed yet or don’t know about it, Sisters Magazine is a great place to get all sorts of wonderful articles that all women can relate to. I write monthly articles for their Lifestyle section: Yvonne’s Cooking School and My Halal Kitchen Q & A. Each month I cover new topics and address new questions from readers. If ... Read More »

Four of My Favorite Gardening Shows on YouTube

alys fowler garden show

During the whole “Chiberia” we had throughout the winter, we watched A LOT of tv. Okay, a lot of YouTube. After watching every movie and documentary I’ve ever thought I needed to see, I finally turned to thinking Spring and about my garden. I’ve always had some sort of small garden, whether it was on our balcony or in a ... Read More »

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 »