Interviews

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 »

My Interview of Mary Nolan, Chef de Cuisine at Bon Appétit Magazine

Mary Nolan of Bon Appetit | My Halal Kitchen

I recently attended the Chicago Gourmet event right here in the Windy City, though on that day it was a rainy city–mostly in the morning. Good thing because the Chicago Gourmet event was held outdoors in Millenium Park. It was also the day I would meet and interview Chef de Cuisine of Bon Appétit magazine, Mary Nolan. Mary Nolan is ... Read More »

Bon Appétit Magazine Presented Chicago Gourmet

Bon Appetit at Chicago Gourmet | My Halal Kitchen

Last Saturday morning I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Gourmet event in Chicago’s Millenium Park. You know the kind of experience that leaves you in a happy place for the entire remainder of the day, no matter what else happens? It was that kind of experience. Read More »

Sweet Pillar & Co.’s Nadia Hubbi Gives Us Her Story and Some Ramadan Chocolate

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Everyone who knows me also knows that I love chocolate– as many women do. I’m not, however, a lover of all chocolate. In fact, I’m not a fan of chocolate companies who fool consumers into thinking they’re getting real chocolate when in fact they’re getting a hefty dose of things like high fructose corn syrup or unhealthy fats and oils added ... Read More »

Whole Earth Meats Talks About the Importance of Organic and the High Cost of Cheap Food

Whole Earth Meats logo

Those of you whoe have followed my posts here on the MHK blog as well as my status updates on Facebook and Twitter probably  already know that I like to support high quality halal vendors and suppliers and all the products they produce. When I find those people, I like to tell everyone what I know so they can also ... Read More »

Cooking with Sadaf Syed of iCOVER: A Day in the Life of a Muslim-American COVERed Girl

Sadaf Syed, Author of ICover | My Halal Kitchen photos

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting with the very lovely, down-to-earth and talented young photographer, Sadaf Syed, a Chicago-based woman who literally wrote the book on how Muslim women in America wear the hijab (head covering). I sat down for coffee then later made no-cook appetizers with her and her kids to talk about the beautiful photodocumentary she ... Read More »

Gearing Up for Ramadan and the Winner of our Chocolate Uzma Giveaway

Spring 2011 Edible Garden

It’s been a busy week here at home and in the kitchen. I recently returned from a trip to California, just sent my Clean Your Kitchen Green book to print and am gearing up to organize for Ramadan. All this plus extremely hot weather followed by thunderstorms then cold  leaving me tending to the garden balcony plants as if they’re kinda ... Read More »

Meet Halal Advocates

Halal Advocates Logo

If you’re interested at all in the world of halal certification, or simply finding out how the foods we eat are given the halal seal of approval, there are several organizations in the United States one can research to find out more about the process by which it is done. Organizations such as IFANCA and the Muslim Consumer Group have ... Read More »

Chocolat Uzma Sharif & a Lovely Chocolate Giveaway

Chocolat Uzma Sharif

Some time ago I sat down for coffee with the very talented local pastry chef, Uzma Sharif. I had just approached her after noticing she was donating her ‘East meets West’ chocolates to a charity event we were mutually involved in, though we had never met. She was energetic and enthusiastic about our meeting and was thrilled to share her ... Read More »

Churros & Chocolate at Xoco

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I’ve wanted to come to this restaurant ever since I first heard of its opening a while ago. It’s local (to me) here in Chicago and now considered a gem of a restaurant in our city. An addtiion to the line of Rick Bayless restaurants, it’s one of the newest he’s added to his very popular, Topolobampo (a favorite of ... Read More »