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Five Layer Black Bean Dip + Homemade Tortilla Chip Recipes

Black Bean Dip | My Halal Kitchen

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. This demo was conducted in conjunction with IFANCA‘s initiative to talk to kids about what’s halal in commercial ... Read More »

Green City Chicago Indoor Farmers Market

Green City Market Sign

Most people don’t think there’s much to buy from a farmers market in the winter– in cold places, like Chicago. Though it’s technically spring, it’s still cold outside. That’s why I’m glad there are indoor farmers markets like this one: Green City Market. Last year I met Alice Waters when she signed a copy of her book, Edible Schoolyard: A ... Read More »

Chicken Parmesan for Two

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There’s just two of us at home for dinner on most nights, unless we have guests.  With guests dinner just instantly doubles or quadruples and I can make great use out of larger pots and pans.  So, because of the clean up involved, on most nights it’s a pain to use big, oversized dishes when I only need just a small pan ... Read More »

Homemade Pizza

Cuisinart Cast Iron Pizza Pan

Homemade Pizza. It’s by far my #1 favorite food. Anything with cheese. Anything with bread. When you combine the two, you have my undivided attention. I grew up on my Sicilian grandmother’s homemade pizza. With homemade sauce. She would make pizza on the days she was making her homemade bread. The whole family would gather in the evening just to get slices ... Read More »

Cooking Video with Halal Healthy | Making Baked Phyllo with Sauteed Mushrooms and Goat Cheese

Over the summer during the ISNA convention in Chicago I was invited by Don Tymchuck, Founder and President of Med-Diet Laboratories, Inc. to conduct cooking demonstrations at his company’s Halal Healthy booth. Halal Healthy is a division of Med-Diet , selling halal products such as entrees, seasonings and 7-day care packs for those who may not have time or the ability to cook ... Read More »

Vintage Kitchen Finds

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I’m just crazy over vintage kitchen things. Though I’m not too fond of gadgets that clutter up the kitchen, I love anything that’s useful and sturdy. I love a good thrift store, garage sale, estate sale or flea market. I love the weight of old things. Ever notice how things made long ago are {still} sturdier than the things we have now?  Of course ... Read More »

How to Preserve Canned Tomato Paste Once It’s Opened

Paglicacci Tomato Paste

Do you ever open up a can of tomato paste for just one tablespoon required for your recipe and then you’re left with most of the can open or with the cut metal lid semi-open,semi-closed? The paste begins to blacken a bit after a couple of days. Pretty soon, if you haven’t closed it properly, the whole can goes moldy ... Read More »

My Special Announcement: I’m Coming to a Home Near You!

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I’ve been really excited to make this announcement for months. With lots of projects related to food and cooking and much buzz around the My Halal Kitchen blog, I’ve finally decided to launch my In-Home (Halal) Cooking Classes in order to bring you everything I know about making every meal halal. I hope you’ll be as interested as I am excited ... Read More »

How to Roast Garlic

How to Roast Garlic | My Halal Kitchen

Raw garlic is a bit…raw. And Strong. Don’t get me wrong, I love garlic. Maybe too much. There is a way, however, to soften the taste of garlic and pack a punch of flavor to certain recipes by using oven-roasted garlic. From here on out, I’ll often refer to roasted garlic in many recipes, linking back to this page for you to see ... Read More »

Sour Cherry Syrup & Flavored Yogurt

Have you heard about all of the wild things they put in good old fashioned {commercial} brands of yogurt? Some contain high fructose corn syrup; others have pork-derived gelatin. If you’ve visited this blog before, you know I’m absolutely against the addition (and creation of) high fructose corn syrup in anything. Additionally, foods with swine are not halal (permissible). That ... Read More »