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Citrus Presses

variety of citrus presses

Most of us don’t think about having citrus fruits in the winter as eating seasonally, but the fact is that somewhere from November to February (late fall thru the winter) juicy lemons, limes, grapefruit and oranges are in season–in warm places throughout the world such as Florida, California and even some parts of Arizona. To extract the juices there are a variety ... Read More »

Halal Pepperoni Pizza Bread

Pepperoni Pizza Bread

I love Fridays and for some reason I’m always craving pizza on Friday evenings. Maybe it’s the comfort food factor or the fact that it just seems so easy to prepare, at least if you’re not doing everything from scratch. So, you’ll be relieved to find this recipe for a semi-homemade pizza bread that you can make quite easily and ... Read More »

A Quick Guide to Dates & How to Store Them

Dates and Cream for Iftar

Our latest guest post is by Nadia Hubbi, Founder & CEO of Sweet Pillar & Co. Her chocolate-covered dates captured me so much that I asked her to tell us all about how to find the perfect one for our tastebuds and the origins of this ancient, lovely fruit so that we can appreciate them all the more. Let’s talk ... Read More »

The ‘Cook What You’ve Got’ Challenge

Pie made from cast iron pan

Many of you already know that recently I’ve moved- within Chicago but still across town and with enough stuff to require a truck much larger than I’m capable of driving (though my husband seemed to enjoy getting behind the wheel of anything larger than his tiny, gas-saving compact car). I’ve shared  some of the photos, angst and toils surrounding the move ... Read More »

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 »