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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

Black Bean Dip | My Halal Kitchen

Five Layer Black Bean Dip + Homemade Tortilla Chip Recipes

This morning I had the great honor of being able to show young junior high students at a local school how to prepare a fun and healthy after-school snack that they can prepare for themselves without ever having to turn on a stove.

gorgeous bean dip trays at MCWS
This demo was conducted in conjunction with IFANCA‘s initiative to talk to kids about what’s halal in commercial food products as well as how to make healthy food choices on their own. Our all-American kids love all-American food as well as food from their ethnic families’ culinary heritage, but the halal factor in store-bought products can be a bit confusing.

Asma Ahad, a food technologist at IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America), was there to dispell many of the myths surrounding food ingredients and what makes them halal or not. She did a great job engaging the kids in a hands-on activity and the kids were great listeners who were totally present during the entire presentation, including, of course the one that involved the food tasting.

I showed them how to make a Five Layer Bean Dip and Homemade Tortilla Chips and also had a few helpers along the way who came up to do some of the prep with me, which was so much fun.

The recipe is below and I’ve also created this video to show you how to make it.

 

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How to Make Flavored Yogurt and Quick Smoothies

Do you ever get inspired to eat healthy, shop healthy and then just try to make everything possible from certain beautiful foods you find at the grocery store or market? Recently I just wanted to use the plethora of strawberries and blueberries I bought on a whim at Costco, and use up my tart plain homemade … Read more

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