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Turkey Burgers Stuffed with Feta

Turkey Burgers with Feta | My Halal Kitchen

Considering the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately (strange, isn’t it?), this recipe for Turkey Burgers with Feta is a lovely and light way to get the grill fired up and ease into the upcoming Spring. Typically, this is my go-to weeknight meal when I’ve got a lot of other things on my plate. They’re super quick to prepare and ... Read More »

A Sicilian Cooking Class: Comfort Food For Everyone

oh sicily

Last month I traveled to Cleveland to teach a cooking class for a group of young women, some of whom I met nearly ten years ago when I lived there. It was a nice blend of catching up with how everyone’s lives have evolved, as well as meeting some new friends who I hope to meet again. I was asked ... Read More »

Homemade Fish Sticks

Fish Sticks | My Halal Kitchen

I was never a fan of frozen food as a kid. I could always tell if something came from a box because the taste was just nothing like mom made. For some reason, they were never filling enough, either. Delicious fish sticks you can make at home  Read More »

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Blue Corn for Microwave Popcorn | My Halal Kitchen

I recently heard that it was possible to make microwaved popcorn without buying bags of pre-seasoned, ready-to-pop-into-the-microwave popcorn in a bag. It sounded so much healthier to be able to put whatever I want into my bag so that I know exactly what we’re eating, but also not as messy as heating oil in a pan and covering it to wait for ... Read More »

Spice Up Your Life with this Harissa Giveaway!

Mina Harissa Giveaway | My Halal Kitchen

Have you ever had harissa, that hot and spicy condiment made red by combining chili peppers, garlic and perhaps some dry-roasted spices, then thrown into North African soups and stews for added flavor? I liken harissa to the French pistou of North African cusine because, much like pistou, it is typically added to finished dishes for the fresh and pungent flavor it provides, to top ... Read More »

Lamb Stew with Pumpkin, Plantain, Sweet Potato and Chickpeas

lamb stew with plantains pumpkin chickpeas

When we look through recipes online or in magazines, what really prompts us to go out of our way to make a list and head out to the store with the intention of buying all the ingredients specifically for that recipe we enjoyed looking at so much?                                                                                      I look at food for a living, literally, and am incredibly delighted by ... Read More »

Pink Pasta: Penne with Swiss Chard and Beet Leaves

Penne Pasta with Swiss Chard and Beet Leaves | My Halal Kitchen

I didn’t intentionally set out to make pink pasta; it just happened as a result of my love affair with seasonal produce like swiss chard and beets, both of which were plentiful at the farmers market last weekend where I organized a Culinary Tour of the Green City Market here in Chicago. And then it occured to me that October is National Breast Cancer ... Read More »

French Beans with Garlic, Cumin and Toasted Sesame

Green Beans and Toasted Sesame

French green beans are one of my favorite side dishes. They’re light, go well with most foods and make me feel content that I’m getting a healthy vegetable on my plate. I usually make them Italian style with garlic, tomatoes and olive oil, but this time I opted to satisfy my craving for something Asian. I had some lovely fresh ... Read More »