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How to Remove Seeds From a Pomegranate + Make Pomegranate Punch

It seems as though pomegranate juice has been all the rage for several years, although it may now be surpassed by the marketing of the benefits of the acai berry.  I hope these unique fruits aren’t forgotten any time soon because they’re absolutely delicious and so beneficial to health, as they are full antioxidants and excellent for heart health.

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They can be a bit messy, though.  Believe me, I’ve been known to squirt this beautiful red juice all over myself and my white kitchen counters and cabinets. Good thing it’s a pretty color…

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How to cut avocado

How to Cut an Avocado

Have you ever really just wondered if there was a super quick and mess-free way to dig into an avocado, particularly the part where you grab the seed out with a knife like all the really cool chefs do on The Food Network?

How to cut avocado

Well, I’ve had a lot of practice, being married to a man who is half Mexican- one must always be ready to make guacamole on the fly, especially when there are steaks on the grill or fresh tortillas around. 

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defrost, food safety, how to defrost meats

Video Tip: Quick Ways to Defrost Meat Safely

I’ve heard (and seen) one too many times that people find it perfectly fine to defrost meat over the counter, overnight. This is a big no-no in food safety because bacteria begins to form on meat when it reaches unsafe temperatures- basically temperatures warmer than your home refrigerator. We all lead busy lives and find … Read more

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The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert: Cookbook Review and Recipe

I’ve been following Paula Wolfert, food writer and expert of Moroccan cuisine for many years. She has written numerous books on clay pot cooking and Moroccan cuisine, both of which have intrigued me immensly since my first trip there in 1995. Her latest book, The Food of Morocco, is a real treasure of collected recipes, photos capturing the Moroccan landscape, and antectodes of the people she has met over the years of her travels back and forth to the country to study the cuisine and cooking methods.

Cover of The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert- her latest book, a masterpiece of Moroccan cuisine

Paula was generous enough to share her recipe for

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Introducing My Halal Kitchen by Video

I have been so eager to share this video with you! It was intricately prepared for and filmed just before heading out to the AMCC event where it was shown for the first time. I hope you like it and offer your feedback in the comments section of this post. Thank you for all of … Read more

3 Simple Steps to Eating Quality Food on a Budget

While a health movement has swept the nation, inspiring people to eat organic products and cook with “pure” ingredients, high quality food is still extremely expensive. Even cooking easy meals with organic ingredients is costly and going to a restaurant with all natural ingredients may simply out of the question. Whether you’re concerned about nutrition … Read more

Hajj Season and Preparing for an ‘Eid ul Adha Celebration

The annual pilgrimage to Mecca, or the Hajj, is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for the Muslim who is able to fulfill it (regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, social or economic status) and is one of the five pillars of Islam. It’s performed at the same time every year during the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijja (based on a lunar calendar).

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How to Preserve Fresh Parsley | My Halal Kitchen

How to Preserve Fresh Summer Parsley

It’s always been intriguing to me that despite how often our weather fluctuates, many of my summer herbs seem to shake off the temporary freezes and just keep on going for weeks into the fall. Some years I’ve experimented to find out how long they would last in certain temperatures; other years I wait to see if they’ll actually go to seed so I can collect them and plant in the next spring, experimenting with their viability.

My later summer garden herbs

Safe to say, however, that when the cold remains for days at a time, it’s the moment to salvage what you have left of certain herbs before they turn bitter, or worse yet, die.

This is the best way I’ve found to preserve fresh parsley. My aunt taught this preservation method to me and made me watch her carefully so that I didn’t miss a step, insisting that if I did it the right way, I could have wonderful parsley all winter long to use in soups, stews, and more.

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