Buying Halal

Hajj Season and Preparing for an ‘Eid ul Adha Celebration

Qurbani, also known as Udhiyah

The annual pilgrimage to Mecca, or the Hajj, is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for the Muslim who is able to fulfill it (regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, social or economic status) and is one of the five pillars of Islam. It’s performed at the same time every year during the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijja (based on a lunar calendar). Read More »

Chorizo and Eggs

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It's been more than ten years since I've eaten chorizo, a type of Spanish sausage spiced with flavors like paprika which gives it an orange color. The reason I haven't had it in so many years is because it's mostly made with pork. Read More »

Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Dressing

Cuban Potluck Iftar Party

Potluck parties are nice, but just the word ‘potluck’ is a bit unappealing to some people who say that the idea of hoping to be ‘lucky’ about what ends up at a dinner where everyone brings a dish is more risk than they’d like to take with regards to their food. Jokes abound about this concept of communal eating, but ... 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 »

Homemade Chappati

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I’ve been really blessed to meet so many amazing people since I started this blog. People are happy to share their cooking ideas and recipes all the time and more often than ever does the topic of conversation with complete strangers, new and old friends and my family turn to healthy food, ethnic cuisine and just getting back to basics when it comes to ... Read More »

Cherry-Strawberry Frozen Juice

Strawberry-Cherry Frozen Juice

Contrary to what might be popular belief, not every Muslim family is a large one. There are people all over the world, especially in the U.S. who live far away from extended family whether overseas or across the country. There are those new to Islam who will be breaking the fast alone or with just one other person (i.e. couples, ... Read More »

Summer Squash Soup

Summer Squash Soup | My Halal Kitchen- Yvonne Maffei

I’m a huge fan of a hearty bowl of soup. I love to select, chop and see the change in texture of fresh, seasonal vegetables as I take them from market to my favorite Dutch oven. I love the smells that permeate my home from the dried or fresh herbs I’ve added. I love that soup can feed many people ... Read More »

The Importance of Suhoor & a Recipe for Parmesan-Feta Quiche

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Everyone is talking about this year’s daily fasts in Ramadan being so long because sunset (the time when the fast is broken) will come a little after 8pm here in Chicago. It’s also a hot summer season. Very hot. Fasting isn’t meant to be perfectly easy or else how could we savor the reward of building self-discipline? It’s also not ... Read More »

Tabbouleh (Parlsey & Bulghur Salad)

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Tabbouleh, or Parsley Salad, is one of those dishes just packed with nutrition: high fiber bulghur (semi-cooked and dried whole wheat), fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and parsley, beautiful golden olive oil and the best sea salt you can find. Fresh lemon juice finishes it off, giving you a side dish that’s light enough for a late iftar or an early-morning suhoor ... 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 »