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Avgolemono Soup with Arborio Rice

I’ve always been interested in Mediterranean soups that are really quite different from soups here, you know the ones that have a bit of a sour taste. I’ve found the recipes in my Greek and Turkish cookbooks at home but only ever tried them once or twice in people’s homes, never on my own.   These days … Read more

Greek Salad

I grew up enjoying Greek food. I have a cousin who I’m very close to and is half Greek. I grew up with the family connection to her grandparents and family so I was exposed to a variety of foods coming from Greece. My parents also loved to go out to the local International Festival … 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

Watermelon & Feta Salad

I have been waiting to make this salad since the winter time. Watermelon is my favorite fruit, mainly because it hydrates the body as you eat it, perfect to eat during non-fasting hours in Ramadan, so during this time I eat it as much as possible and in as many ways as possible. Being a coffee drinker, … Read more

Summer Eggplant Soup

Do people ever question certain foods you like to eat or drink in the summer? Not the winter, but just the hot summer time. They might say things like,  ‘How can you eat that (insert said food/drink) when it’s so hot outside?”  No one ever really questions you when you have a big bowl of ice cream … Read more

Oven Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb

 A few years ago when I catered my sister in law’s wedding rehearsal dinner, I discovered this type of lamb cut to be an essential part of entertaining on a grand scale. This leg of lamb doesn’t look too big, but at around 4 to 4.5 pounds, this cut can be grilled, roasted, slow cooked, … Read more

Pita Bread | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

Pita Bread

The ubiquitous bread of the Middle East and North Africa, pita bread has found a new home in America and the Middle East due to the introduction of it by the many immigrants who opened restaurants, groceries and ethnic markets, offering the freshly homemade bread that wraps mouth-watering shawarma and kebob sandwiches and selling the … Read more

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