Interviews

Walid Darab Interviewed Me for a Podcast on Greed For Ilm

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Recently I was interviewed for a podcast by Walid Darab of Greed for Ilm to speak with him about how I started this blog and why. It turned into a conversation that took me down the very long path of my own personal memory lane and then jogged my spirit to talk about gardening, what I think of GMOs and ... Read More »

Safiya’s Room: Globally Inspired Quilts & Heirloom Pieces for the Nursery {Giveaway}

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Khadija Ghurnah is the gentle soul behind a company that is making a precious product to wrap your baby or toddler in and hand it down as an heirloom piece. I spoke to her about her business, Safiya’s Room and how she is enlisting the handiwork of skilled artisans in India to design and craft these very special pieces. I ... Read More »

A Fascinating Glimpse at the Crescent Foods Plant Tour

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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 »

Pastry Chef Rubina Hafeez and Gür Sweets Halal Bakery

When I found out there was a halal bakery in town, I honestly couldn’t believe it.  It was the first time anyone had ever mentioned anything like it, particularly right in our own backyard. I couldn’t wait to try it out and with the excuse of meeting up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time, I got ... Read More »

A Conversation with Monica Bhide + a Giveaway of Her Modern Spice Cookbook

Giveaway of Modern Spice by Monica Bhide | My Halal Kitchen

If you don’t know who Monica Bhide is, perhaps you’re not reading enough books, magazines or essays about food because this woman is everywhere. She’s a Virginia-based food writer who writes beautifully about how our lives, cultures and emotions are influenced by food.  She has written books, has an iSpice app every cook can use and recently launched a line of spiced chocolates ... Read More »

An Interview with Kathy Hester and the Vegan Slow Cooker Giveaway

Vegan Slow Cooker & Interview of Kathy Hester | My Halal Kitchen

I love cookbooks that offer interesting ways to cook familiar recipes while addressing the need to put healthy meals on the table despite our hectic lives as well as the need for economical ingredients that stretch to feed the whole family. What an added bonus it is to have a book that also offers hearty recipes without the meat for ... Read More »

An Interview With Mina Harissa and a Moroccan Tagine Giveaway

Most people who love North African food are well aware of the flavor profile of harissa, that somewhat spicy {or hot} red chili pepper paste used as a condiment or dip in many Moroccan and Tunisian dishes. Those who are new to it are often really surprised about how much they love it since it’s actually quite versatile. I find ... Read More »

An Interview About Moroccan Interior Design with Maryam Montague

You might remember that not too long ago I published a review of the gorgeous design book, Marrakesh by Design, by American expat Maryam Montague who resides in Morocco and runs a boutique hotel called Peacock Pavillions. I was so enamored with the book and envisioned you, my readers, being able to enjoy it, too so that you could also ... Read More »

The Story Behind Patchi Chocolates

Last year during Ramadan I introduced you to Patchi chocolates because I fell in love with their quality and taste. I had all but given up on ever finding the taste of real chocolate mixed with real nuts like hazelnuts, pistachio, and almonds that I grew up enjoying whenever someone in my family came to visit from Italy bearing gifts of ... Read More »

Ahmad Adam, The Entrepreneur Behind Halal Chicken at Crescent Foods

Crescent Foods in a Chicagoland Grocery Store

Chances are, if you live somewhere in the U.S. and you seek out halal food then you’re already aware of Crescent Foods. If not, allow me to introduce you. Crescent Foods is a Chicago-based poultry company that is involved in the entire farm to fork process of their cage-free, antibiotic-free and beautifully-packaged halal chicken products. Read More »