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Spicy & Sweet Tropical Snack Mix

Snacks are so popular in America, and for good reason. Who doesn’t love something crunch, salty, even spicy any time of day? We work long hours, get hungry, don’t have a lot of time for complete meals, etc. etc. etc. The problem with snacking is that much of the pre-packaged options are filled with too much salt … Read more

Nut-Filled Dates with Melted Chocolate

I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified products. These uber delicious Medjool dates stuffed with almonds and topped with melted chocolate and pistachios … Read more

Chocolate & Banana Smoothie

One of the things I really love doing is showing people how to make simple, all-natural recipes using truly wholesome ingredients. It’s an additional bonus when those products have been halal-certified to ensure that the entire process of bringing that product to market is also halal, as there can always be issues with other ingredients … Read more

Thai Beef Curry Stew

This recipe comes from Derya Singhsumalee, a former teacher colleague of mine who is such a fun and interesting person.  She is very well-traveled, is of Turkish ethnicity and married to a man from a Thai Muslim family. In the school lunch room we used to talk quite a bit about cultural diversity and, of course, … Read more

Beef Kabobs with Grilled Vegetables

Summertime is the best time to have kebobs- out on the grill, finally! Although here, it’s been a very rainy season plus with Ramadan falling in summer this year, it’s been a little difficult to get out on the BBQ before dark, so this recipe can be made indoors or out. I’ll show you how. … Read more

Refreshing Limeade

It’s been a hot, steamy summer around Chicago- lots of rain, lots of heat. If you wouldn’t know it, you might think we’re sitting in the middle of the tropics. And that’s what makes me think of drinks with citrus, especially lime.  It makes me think of Mexico where limes are everywhere and in everything, … Read more

Yvonne’s Harira Soup for Ramadan

There are so many delicious recipes coming out of the North African country of Morocco. Maybe I enjoy the cuisine so much because it not only combines what I really love the most- that mixture of Mediterranean with Middle Eastern flavors- but also because the country itself was the very first place I ever heard … Read more

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