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Churros & Chocolate at Xoco

xoco chocolate sign

I’ve wanted to come to this restaurant ever since I first heard of its opening a while ago. It’s local (to me) here in Chicago and now considered a gem of a restaurant in our city. An addtiion to the line of Rick Bayless restaurants, it’s one of the newest he’s added to his very popular, Topolobampo (a favorite of ... Read More »

Chile Relleno Tacos at Las Asadas

Inside Chile Relleno Taco | Las Asadas Mexican Restaurant

I absolutely love Mexican food.  Having lived and studied in Mexico during my college days and since traveled to both the Yucatan Peninsula and the Jalisco area since those times, I’ve really experienced a great variety of Mexican cuisine. Each region has such a diverse culinary culture- the coastal areas are naturally endowed with the freshest fish; inland there are more meat, cheese and ... Read More »

Super Quick Guacamole or Avocado Spread

Quick Guacamole

I use avocadoes for a lot of things: sandwiches, homemade beauty care (it’s the best facial ingredient ever) and more. But, most people know avocadoes as the main ingredient in guacamole. In fact, some people (I’ve heard them say) confuse avocadoes with guacamole- in other words, they don’t really realize the main ingredient in guacamole is actually a fruit by ... Read More »

Feta & Avocado Sandwich + A Recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise

Feta & Avocado Sandwich + A Recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise | My Halal Kitchen

Everyone has some sort of comfort food. Some people love cakes for soothing comfort; others love chicken noodle soup or a hearty chili.  For me, it’s always a sandwich: thick bread, a bit of mayo and mustard, and always some sort of cheese- extra cheese. Recently, I spent over a month in Cleveland with my family. After a few days there, ... Read More »

Good Eats in San Diego

Fish Tacos at Roberto

We recently had a wonderful five day trip to one of my favorite places- San Diego, California. My sister in law decided on a destination vacation in the nearby coastal gem town of La Jolla, so…twist my arm. In between preparing for the at-home pre-wedding dinner the evening before and all the wedding-related shopping and errands, we did manage to get in ... Read More »

Organic Ohio: Seasonal Salsa, Sicilian Swiss Chard and More

Dwarf Pear Tree in A Neighbor

Going back to Ohio this year at the cusp of summer’s end and the start of fall was a really blessed opportunity to appreciate what’s so beautiful about rural communities, ethnic neighborhoods and simple, all-American living. I was born here, raised here, and spent some of my best years in the nooks and crannies of this rustic place. I rode ... Read More »

Quick Pickled Peppers

Pickling Peppers

I’ve been really enjoying my time in Ohio among all the backyard gardeners in my family and in our neighborhood. Needless to say, I have been overwhelmed with the amount of produce people have gifted us, but found that pickling was the answer to enjoy the sweet and the hot peppers from my aunt’s garden. In general, the pickling process ... Read More »

Blueberry Paletas

Blueberry Paleta

If you live in Chicago, Los Angeles, anywhere in Mexico or near a large Mexican population you’ve probably heard of paletas. If you haven’t heard, they are some of the most delicious summer treats one can enjoy. Made with fresh, frozen fruits in dairy or water base, these lovely popsicles aren’t just for kids. Recently, I made my husband run ... Read More »

Hangar Steak with Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa | Yvonne Maffei, My Halal Kitchen Recipes

A great summer dish to leave you satisfied and refreshed all at once this hangar steak can be grilled indoors or out. Prepare the salsa first so the steak isn’t waiting t0o long to be accompanied by its sweet & savory counterpart, the mango salsa. Mango Salsa Ingredients Serves 4 1 clove garlic, minced 1 mango, diced 1 avocado, diced 2 ... Read More »

Black Beans {Without the Lard}

This is just one of the ways I make them. You can start from this recipe and shake things up with your own favorite additions. Let me know what you do with your frijoles negroes, without the lard. Read More »