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City Hall Bake Shop: Home of “Cake Boss”

  Many visitors to Manhattan miss out on the great opportunity to visit nearby Hoboken, NJ.  I have done the same on past trips to The Big Apple, but my most recent trip afforded me the great pleasure and impetus to try visiting the bustling bakery of Buddy Valastro (a.k.a. “Cake Boss”) and his family. … Read more

A Nutella Recipe Contest For You

  This is a recipe contest I’m really excited about! For those who aren’t familiar with Nutella, it’s a perfectly creamy, nutty, Italian chocolate-hazelnut spread. In fact, it’s the chocolate-hazelnut spread. My Nonna (Sicilian grandmother) used to give it to us kids as a snack, smothered all over plain, untoasted, soft, American bread. We would … Read more

Chez Colette and Breakfast Eggs with Smoked Salmon

On a cold, blustery winter day in search of some comfort food in a warm setting, we trekked out to a French-American restaurant called Chez Colette.  Actually, anything would have been warmer than outside at that time, but this place was especially inviting. Conveniently located inside the Sofitel Hotel in Rosemont, IL near Chicago’s O’Hare … Read more

Italian Herb-Stuffed Mushrooms

My family has been making stuffed mushrooms since I can remember eating savory foods. They look tedious to make, but I promise you they are super simple. I only cut off the stem to use in the stuffing, not the core of the mushroom. I think it makes the recipe easier, less messy and I … Read more

A Chocolate Drink Three Ways

One of the first pages I opened in the book Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé, written by Dorie Greenspan, was a recipe for Hot Chocolate with Coffee. On a cold early morning when you need caffeine, but also realize it’s the ‘season’ for hot chocolate, what couldn’t be better? One look at the recipe and … Read more

Homemade Banana Pudding

If you’re a regular reader of My Halal Kitchen, you probably know that I keep frozen bananas in my refrigerator at all times- not because I necessarily must have a stash on hand, but because we just normally don’t eat them fast enough. When they’re mature- just beginning to brown- I throw them in the … Read more

Swedish Crab Canapes

Ok, I know I’m really pushing this whole Scandinavian food thing here. Most people weren’t really turned on to the Norwegian Veal Scallops in Cream Sauce. Why? I have no idea, because when you actually try them you’ll truly enjoy veal in a whole new way you’ve not probably tried before. Open minds and open … Read more

At The Martha Stewart Show 1st Annual Pie Bake-Off

It’s been several weeks since I’ve returned from New York City and the Martha Stewart Pie Show. I still feel elated by just being there, as it was truly one of the most exciting things a foodie like myself could ever be invited to attend.   The moment I received the invitation to bring my own homemade pie to … Read more

Open-Faced Apple Tart & How My Halal Kitchen Was Born

I’ve had the fortune of being asked to contribute to some wonderful projects & work with some very talented people in the last couple of months.  I wanted to share with all of you readers a couple of pieces that were published on the website, Muslim Voices: Voices and Visions of Islam from a Global Perspective. … Read more

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