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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 your heartfelt support that gave ... Read More »

3 Simple Steps to Eating Quality Food on a Budget

quali eggs horizontal

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 or you simply enjoy the ... Read More »

Hajj Season and Preparing for an ‘Eid ul Adha Celebration

Qurbani, also known as Udhiyah

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). Read More »

Two San Diego Area Farmers Markets and Vintage Shops Nearby

San Diego Farmers Markets | My Halal Kitchen

During my trip to San Diego last May, I shared many of my culinary and shopping adventures by tweeting and posting updates to the MHK Facebook page . There was a great response and interest from readers and I was thrilled to know that many of you shop at farmers markets, many in California. What a great place for fresh, local and organic ... Read More »

Heirloom Tomato & Chickpea Salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad | My Halal Kitchen

I wanted to share this recipe with you before it gets too late to use any of those summer tomatoes around here in the Midwest. Some people around the country still have a nice harvest coming in; others around the globe are actually experiencing a completely opposite seasons than us. In theory, I suppose someone around the world at any ... Read More »

How to Preserve Fresh Summer Parsley

How to Preserve Fresh Parsley | My Halal Kitchen

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 ... Read More »

Let Your Freezer Help You This Ramadan

inside my freezer

Freezers are sometimes the most underutilized kitchen appliance in American homes. They tend to be quite small compared to the refrigerator, which is amazing considering how useful a large standing freezer can be to families striving to save money in a tough economy, or at any time for that matter. Large families can stock up on bulk purchases of meat, produce ... Read More »

4 Tips to Organize Your Ramadan Cooking

Ramadan Menu Day by Day 2011

Ramadan is such a great time to get your home organized. Actually, for me all the organization happens way before the month of Ramadan when I begin planning how to plan it all out. Last year, much of what I did to prepare for Ramadan actually lasted for most of the year (i.e. drying citrus peels and saving herbs). First, ... Read More »

5 of My New Favorite Things for the Kitchen

Five of My Favorite Useful Things | My Halal Kitchen

I’ve been gifted a few things recently that I love so much and really want to share with all of you. They make great gifts because not only are they cute and clever, they’re useful and beneficial, too. Microfiber Dish Cloths. These no-name dish cloths are not only so incredibly cute in color and pattern, they’re awesome to use. They’re super absorbent, ... Read More »

How to Make Homemade Bread Crumbs

Rustic Bread for Bread Crumbs

I love recipes that recycle and re-use foods that are beyond comfortable consumption but  just need to be broken down a bit in order to be perfectly good again. I think that’s the case with blessed bread and all the blessings that come with extending food to serve more purpose than throwing it away as soon as we think we’ve ... Read More »