Cooking & Baking

How to Dry Citrus Peels

How to Dry Citrus Peels | My Halal Kitchen

Whether you have tons of lemons and limes around or just a few, it’s easy to preserve the outer skin, or zest, for future use in baking and cooking. Did you ever realize how expensive it can be to purchase a jar of this stuff? It’s steep. That’s why I make my own. I had a ton of citrus fruits ... Read More »

How to Make Creme Fraiche

creme fraiche 375

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while probably already know that I have a pure affinity for crème frâiche, or French style cream. If you haven’t tried it before, I urge you to begin with this recipe or even a store-bought one to lure you into the wonderful ways it can enhance the flavors of ... Read More »

Kitchen Knives 101: What Every Home Cook Needs to Know

Kitchen Knives 101: What Every Home Cook Needs to Know | My Halal Kitchen

I recently attended a one-hour course on knife skills to better appreciate the anatomy of my most important kitchen tools: my knives. Knives help us cut, chop, dice and julienne meats, fruits and vegetables all so that we can cook more efficiently and present our food beautifully. How important is a good, sharp knife? Do you need to spend a ... Read More »

15 of My Favorite Baking Tips

Stainless Steel Measuring Cups

I spent a wonderful hour with some delightful women at today’s Baking Demo where I discussed baking tips and halal ingredient options and substitutions while making a Chocolate-Banana Cake. The questions were great and the discussion lively. For those who attended, I promised to post the tips mentioned during the class and for those who were not able to attend, this ... Read More »

5 Simple Steps for Planning Ramadan Meals

Get Your Meals on the Table Quickly This Ramadan With These 5 Steps Read More »

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 yogurt in the fridge. Most ... Read More »

Homemade Sofrito and Recaito

homemade sofrito in the making

If you come from a Puerto Rican family, you understand that Goya products are permanent fixtures in our kitchen cabinets- without them it seems like a part of the family is missing. Why are we so dependent on them? Maybe it’s because Goya is one of the few brands on the market completely catering to an Hispanic consumer market–and we appreciate that.  But ... Read More »

Le Dutch Oven: A Great Investment in Your Kitchen

Have you ever thought about the kind of cookware you have in your kitchen? Is it mostly aluminum? Cast iron? Teflon?  Are you a stickler for a particular brand such as Calphalon, Viking, Bialetti, Rachel Ray, Emerilware or Cuisinart? Or, do you just by whatever is cheaper and most readily available at your local Walmart and mix and match with the ... Read More »

You Can Serve a (Halal) Presidential Inauguration Luncheon, Too

Make your own presidential-style luncheon, halal. Read More »

Keeping Warm, French Style: My Favorite Recipes for French Onion Soup

What Julia Child taught me this winter.... Read More »