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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 »

Sally Fallon Morell and Nourishing Traditions (Part 2)

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This post is a continuation of my previous post about Sally Fallon and her work with the Weston A. Price Foundation, whose mission is to inform the public of some rather politically ‘incorrect’ dietary suggestions… Sounds intriguing, right? About Weston A. Price Weston A. Price, a dentist who studied people living in more primitive societies on a diet that did ... Read More »

Sally Fallon Morell and Nourishing Traditions

Sally Fallon Morell at the Family Farmed Expo in Chicago

If you haven’t heard about the work of Sally Fallon Morell, President of the Weston A. Price Foundation, you’re about to meet someone extraordinary. She’s a revolutionary in the food world and has been around long enough to know exactly what she’s talking about. A close friend first introduced me to Ms. Fallon’s classic book, Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that ... Read More »

Family Farmed Expo in Chicago

Family Farmed Expo

I have to admit, I’ve been really glued to the television and any news media outlet to catch updates on the situation in Japan.  It was hard for me to write about food or develop recipes when all I could think about was the hardship and suffering of the Japanese people and how the nuclear radiation could affect the entire ... Read More »

Green Deen Book Giveaway!

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If you haven’t heard of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet or the book’s author, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, you may want to pay close attention. He’s one of the first Muslims in recent history to call people to live a more eco-friendly existence, all within the practical and sensible teachings of Islam. His book also serves as an incredibly great teaching tool ... Read More »

Free Subscription to Halal Consumer Magazine

IFANCA

Ever wonder what or who is involved in the halal-certification process for foods, vitamins and other consumer products? Want to know the latest products that are being made and stamped with a halal seal of approval? IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) is in the business of doing just that, just for you, the halal consumer. Headquartered in Chicago, ... Read More »

Brown Basmati Rice with Ghee & Saffron

Brown Basmati Rice with Saffron & Ghee

I love the smell of basmati rice. There isn’t any other rice quite like it. When you walk into the home of someone cooking it, you can usually look forward to something interesting, a one-pot dish paired with meat, like biryani made with chicken, dried plums, exotic spices and of course, fragrant basmati rice. Now available at stores like Trader Joe’s is ... Read More »

Top Chef Contestant Malika Ameen Talks to My Halal Kitchen

Malike Ameen

It isn’t every day that you get to ‘meet’ a pastry chef like Malika Ameen. If you don’t know her already, here’s a great chance to get acquainted with one of the country’s finest culinary professionals–and we’re fortunate enough to have her right here with us in Chicago. Even if you’ve seen her as a contestant on Top Chef: Just ... Read More »

Food Styling for a Halal Ad Campaign by IFANCA

Chicken Breast with Colorful Peppers and Lemons

I can’t tell you all how excited I am to finally be able to talk about this- my first time professionally styling food for a TV commercial! It was many months ago that I prepped the food and made it look pretty for the camera, but our lips were sealed until IFANCA, the Islamic Food & Nutrition Council of America, ... Read More »