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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 »

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

chicken parm on board 555

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 ... 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

vintage jars 400 vertical

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 »