Food Industry Information

Is There a Link Between Sugar & Disease?

Secrets of Sugar  Documentary | My Halal Kitchen

I found a pretty remarkable video online that I think really articulates a lot of what I’ve been wanting to share for a very long time, all compiled into a 45-minute piece of staggering information about the connection between sugar with consumer wellness and how industry associations and food manufacturers place it in food products in quantities that are pretty surprising ... Read More »

A Fascinating Glimpse at the Crescent Foods Plant Tour

workers on production line

Growing up in small-town Ohio I had a lot of opportunities to see how things were made, whether they were apples into apple cider at the local orchard, fruits into jam at a small nearby farm or potatoes into potato chips at the area’s largest food factory, it was all part of the things kids did on a field trip ... Read More »

Myth #3: The Halal Slaughter is Barbaric

Some people have an issue with any meat that is ritually sacrificed or slaughtered; others have an issue with slaughtering any animals for food and regard it as barbaric. In Islam, while Muslims are not mandated to eat meat, they aren’t prohibited from it, either. Everything in balance is a key principle in Islam and there may be no other ... Read More »

Is it Halal? How to Figure Out What’s In Ethnic & American Foods

Restaurant Tortellini

Based on my own experience with a variety of world cultures and foreign languages, trying everything from food in the the US, Mexico, Southern Europe and the UK, I’ve developed these tips for deciphering specialty foods, international cuisine menus and grocery items so you’ll know what to watch out for whether you’re dining out, shopping or staying in places like ... Read More »

If You’re really Into Molecular Gastronomy…or Don’t Even Know What It Is

octopus at Alinea (www.alinea-restaurant.com)

Check out this site by Martin Lersch about molecular gastronomy and the science of cooking. It’s interesting cooking, done with super modern techniques that use nitrogen and other methods to create incredibly rare menus.  If you’re from Chicago or are a super foodie, think Grant Achatz and how he artistically designs and cooks food at Alinea. If you’re like me and dream of visiting ... Read More »

Earth Day and Reflections on “The Cove” Documentary

April 22 is designated as Earth Day. We know as Muslims that every day should be dedicated to serving Allah (swt) by doing right by the earth- treating humans, animal and wildlife with respect and using them in the way that our Creator has commanded. Last month I wrote an article about the award-winning, wonderful documentary, The Cove. The article was published on ... Read More »

5 Reasons to Care Where Your Food Comes From

This article was recently published on the Indiana Public Media’es Earth Eats site. I wanted to be sure that all MHK readers could benefit from this information, especially those who are not part of our Facebook fan page or follow my  Twitter page. My interest in healthy living began in the teen years when I devoured magazines and books that offered information on eating right and exercising. ... Read More »

Meals That Unite

Whole Wheat Bread

Through the wake of numerous natural catastrophes and man-created conflict around the globe, we are reminded that we need the people we love now more than ever. Where would we be without them? More importantly, who would we be without them?  I wrote this piece a few months ago, looking for just the right time to add it to the ... Read More »

Food, Inc.

Today, people are more concerned than ever about the source of our global food supply. With recent scares of salmonella, bird flu and the swine flu we are paying closer attention to personal hygiene and questioning the mass production of our food from major suppliers- or are we? I haven’t seen this film yet, but I’m eager to. Food, Inc. came out on Monday ... Read More »

Julie and Julia Debuts on August 7

Anyone who loved or  followed the culinary career of Julia Child while she was alive should be excited to learn that her biography is coming to feature film this summer. We have blogger/author Julie Powell to thank for that. She is responsible for creating an enormous cooking experiment for herself called The Julie/Julia Project and then blogging about it. She set out to make every recipe ... Read More »