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Eggplant Salad Recipe: Now I Know Why the Imam Fainted

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I’d heard of the famous dish “Imam Biyaldi” before, but never really knew what the hype was all about.  Being a Sicilian who also loves Turkish and other Mediterranean foods, I thought I had tasted just about every dish where peppers, eggplant and garlic were smothered in olive oil. For some reason, the one I’ve just tasted was different- in a totally delectable way. “Imam biyaldi” ... Read More »

Mexican Dulces (Candies)

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One of the best things about other people traveling instead of you is that they usually bring back some lovely samplers of the local culture they’ve just visited.   When my in-laws returned from Mexico recently, a beautifully wrapped box of Mexican candy was our souvenir, but we weren’t sure we would be able to enjoy any of them because ... Read More »

Olives Plus Oranges Equals…Brownies?

Olive Tree photo by Nikolai Aamaas, Norway. Nikolai.aamaas@gmail.com

How I finally got around to making Blood Orange Olive Oil Brownies, a recipe I found at the Queen Creek Olive Mill in Arizona. Read More »

You Can Serve a (Halal) Presidential Inauguration Luncheon, Too

Make your own presidential-style luncheon, halal. Read More »

Grapefruit and Curry Shrimp Saute

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The tasty combination of grapefruit and shrimp surprised my tastebuds. Read More »

Savory Spinach Phyllo Pies {Borek}

Savory Spinach Pie {Borek} | My Halal Kitchen

How I learned to serve a quality brunch for two without spending all morning in the kitchen Read More »

To Roast a Duckling

How I reclaimed a duckling's reputation- with the help of Julia Child, of course. Read More »

Keeping Warm, French Style: My Favorite Recipes for French Onion Soup

What Julia Child taught me this winter.... Read More »

Halal Tamales by Mari

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I owe my husband the credit of pursuing the creation of this totally dhabiha (meat slaughtered in the Islamically correct way) halal chicken tamale. We met a Mexican woman, Mari, from the southern part of Mexico City who now lives in Chicago’s Little Village. Mari stays with Abuelita, my husband’s grandmother, and makes the tamales in her kitchen then hits ... Read More »

Stuffed Tortellini Recipe Gets a Halal Substitute

Today I learned more about a renowned food writer, Marcella Hazan, than I had known before.  She appeared today on the Martha Stewart Show preparing a Tortelloni Stuffed with Swiss Chard, Prosciutto and Ricotta served with a heavy cream tomato sauce. She also talked about her new book, Amarcord: Marcella Remembers, available online. The base of this dish is prepared with ... Read More »