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Four of My Favorite Gardening Shows on YouTube

During the whole “Chiberia” we had throughout the winter, we watched A LOT of tv. Okay, a lot of YouTube. After watching every movie and documentary I’ve ever thought I needed to see, I finally turned to thinking Spring and about my garden. I’ve always had some sort of small garden, whether it was on our balcony or in a ... Read More »

Wilton Icing Colors Giveaway & Why It’s Worth it To Contact Food Companies

Wilton Icing Colors MHK Blog Giveaway

I get a lot of questions from readers asking whether or not a product or ingredient is halal. I don’t claim to be a scholar of the fiqh of food or to make any proclamations about whether something is 100% halal (permissible) or haram (forbidden). I ask the experts and find out if a product is halal-certified, as  that is ... Read More »

Pumpkin Rolls

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It seems to me that everyone I know is looking more and more towards comfort food , whether in the form of soups, casseroles, pot pies and even desserts. Maybe it’s because of the uncertainty we all live through in today’s world. So many of us live further and further away from family and friends for economic or academic reasons, ... Read More »

New York Strip Steak with Buttery Mushrooms & Onions

New York Strip Steak with Mushrooms & Onions

Every now and again, I forget that I can go out and get an amazing cut of halal meat to bring home and make a great steak. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that I basically put it out of my mind that it was an easy task to find the all-American style cuts of meat I grew up ... Read More »

2nd Cookbook Tour Stop Takes Us to the Chicago Suburbs

We’re in Glendale Heights, IL and heights we reached! Perdesi Grocers took on the second stop of the Summer Ramadan Cooking cookbook tour, with a colorful audience! From aunties to newlyweds to grandmothers, tiny tots with sticky mango juice hands in tow, the crowd gathered around a cozy corner of taco salad, alcohol-free sangria, and watermelon coolers. There was talk ... Read More »

The First Summer Ramadan Cooking Chicago Cookbook Tour Stop

Starting at IFS

Eager eyes, chattering moms, and a delectable arrangement of lemons, watermelons, and garnish greeted attendees of the Summer Ramadan Cooking cookbook tour at Islamic Foundation in Villa Park. On the way in, the first 25 people received reusable swag baskets filled with goodies from our sponsors such as Crescent Foods, Taaza2U, Midamar Halal, Calphalon and Guidance Residential. In Rachel Ray ... Read More »

My Chicago Cookbook Tour for Ramadan Cooking

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I am so incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be touring the Chicagoland area to talk about the recipes in my cookbook, Summer Ramadan Cooking! I’ll be making stops at various locations to do cooking demos, talk tips on Ramadan preparation and planning and answer questions on cooking and baking for the most special month of the year. Admission  is free ... Read More »

Upright Roasting Rack for Chicken and Small Poultry

upright rack for poultry

One of the most useful tools I have in the kitchen for roasting chicken and other small birds is this upright roasting rack that actually folds away for easy storage. Once you put the pieces together, you basically just plop the bird down in their by placing its hollow cavity face down onto the rounded middle section. The pointed “feet” ... Read More »

Standing Grater

Kitchen Grater | My Halal Kitchen Tools

This tool is something that belongs in every household kitchen. It can be used to grate cheese, vegetables like carrots or zucchini, onions (to produce onion juice for some recipes) and more. Some of the ridges are fine, other parts of the grater have small holes particularly useful for cheese. Just be careful not to get your fingers too close ... Read More »

Substitutes for Alcohol in Baking

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Using alcohol in baking is widely done in many types of desserts, but there is a wonderful array of very good quality substitutes that are alcohol-free. For general substitutes, refer to the chart below. A PDF version is available at the end of this post. PDF Version Available Here Read More »