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Steaming Basics

Steaming Basics | My Halal Kitchen

Steaming is universally known as a healthy method of cooking because little fat, if any, is needed in the process. One of the oldest known methods of cooking, water vapor produced during steaming is even hotter than oven heat because steaming transfers heat so efficiently. It’s also one of the quickest cooking methods at our disposal. Two Types of Steaming ... Read More »

Oven Roasting to Perfection

Oven Roasting to Perfection | My Halal Kitchen

Larousse Gastronomique: The World’s Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia, defines roasting as “cooking meat, poultry, game or fish by exposing it to the heat of a naked flame or grill (spit-roasting) or to the radiant heat of an oven (oven-roasting).”  Sounds like something we all love to enjoy. There’s no doubt that roasting meats and vegetables brings them to a new taste ... Read More »

How to Poach Eggs and Other Foods

How to Poach Eggs and Other Foods | My Halal Kitchen

If you’re trying to avoid foods cooked in oil and want something a bit different from steamed foods, poaching is a great option, especially for a quick egg breakfast that is light and healthy without sacrificing flavor or a poached fish or meat dinner that will leave you enough room for dessert. To poach food means to submerge it partially ... Read More »

How to Perfectly Saute Any Food

How to Perfectly Saute Any Food | My Halal Kitchen

In the culinary-filled language of French, the word sauté literally means “to jump”.  That’s exactly what some foods do when heated in a pan, turning a beautiful shade of brown on the outside and cooking to perfection on the inside.  It’s a favored method of cooking for the resulting taste as well as the beautiful presentation appeal it has when served To ... Read More »

Braising: The Art of Embracing Slow Food, Good Fat, and a Healthy Cooking Method

Braising: The Art of Embracing Slow Food | My Halal Kitchen

Despite the popularity of fast food, the concept of slow food has recently made a comeback.  Thanks to those in the culinary world who encouraged folks to come back to the kitchen and the table to enjoy real food given the respect of time needed to cook, we’re seeing a resurgence of good-old fashioned cooking techniques like braising. Braising is ... Read More »

Baked Salmon with Dill & Thyme Recipe + Tips for Cooking Salmon

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Salmon is one of the easiest types of fish to make on a regular basis. It’s thick texture stays together nicely when cooking, so whether you’re frying, grilling or baking it, it tends to stay together really well.  This is great news for novice cooks or those who are a little intimidated to cook fish at all.  And winter is ... Read More »

Kitchen Knives 101: What Every Home Cook Needs to Know

Kitchen Knives 101: What Every Home Cook Needs to Know | My Halal Kitchen

I recently attended a one-hour course on knife skills to better appreciate the anatomy of my most important kitchen tools: my knives. Knives help us cut, chop, dice and julienne meats, fruits and vegetables all so that we can cook more efficiently and present our food beautifully. How important is a good, sharp knife? Do you need to spend a ... Read More »