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Chicago Green City Market, Alice Waters & Honey Crisp Apple Pie

We made it to the farmers’ market last Saturday just in time for the book signing to begin. I was a bit surprised to see how small the market was, but soon realized that not all the produce farmers arrived yet, due to the limited availability of items during the early spring season. That could be why the market will ... Read More »

Alice Waters to Visit Chicago on Saturday, April 25

Alice Waters, founder of the famed five-course menu restaurant, Chez Panisse, will be at the Chicago Green City Market this Saturday to sign copies of her latest book, Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea. Alice Waters is considered by many in the food world as a living culinary legend because of her push to promote the concept that food be grown ... Read More »

Lunch & Learn at Viking Cooking Schools, Recipe for Tomato Soup

Rolling Pins at Viking Cooking School & Store, Glenview, IL

If I had blinked, I may have missed this culinary gem in the midst of my neighborhood. I had only known Viking to be the makers of ovens, not the creators of culinary schools and I certainly didn’t expect there to be one so close to home, never mind in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Being the curious person I am ... Read More »

Eggplant Salad Recipe: Now I Know Why the Imam Fainted

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I’d heard of the famous dish “Imam Biyaldi” before, but never really knew what the hype was all about.  Being a Sicilian who also loves Turkish and other Mediterranean foods, I thought I had tasted just about every dish where peppers, eggplant and garlic were smothered in olive oil. For some reason, the one I’ve just tasted was different- in a totally delectable way. “Imam biyaldi” ... Read More »

Savory Spinach Phyllo Pies {Borek}

Savory Spinach Pie {Borek} | My Halal Kitchen

How I learned to serve a quality brunch for two without spending all morning in the kitchen Read More »

To Roast a Duckling

How I reclaimed a duckling's reputation- with the help of Julia Child, of course. Read More »

Keeping Warm, French Style: My Favorite Recipes for French Onion Soup

What Julia Child taught me this winter.... Read More »

King Arthur Flour Comes to Chicagoland

Scanning through the local paper can prove to be a rewarding endeavor for the thrifty cook these days. I found myself lucky to see a tiny ad in the Chicago Tribune about the King Arthur Flour Company coming to Palatine, IL for a free baking class, one of their many free national classes!) There were actually two classes taking place in the Hotel Indigo that ... Read More »

Halal Tamales by Mari

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I owe my husband the credit of pursuing the creation of this totally dhabiha (meat slaughtered in the Islamically correct way) halal chicken tamale. We met a Mexican woman, Mari, from the southern part of Mexico City who now lives in Chicago’s Little Village. Mari stays with Abuelita, my husband’s grandmother, and makes the tamales in her kitchen then hits ... Read More »

Stuffed Tortellini Recipe Gets a Halal Substitute

Today I learned more about a renowned food writer, Marcella Hazan, than I had known before.  She appeared today on the Martha Stewart Show preparing a Tortelloni Stuffed with Swiss Chard, Prosciutto and Ricotta served with a heavy cream tomato sauce. She also talked about her new book, Amarcord: Marcella Remembers, available online. The base of this dish is prepared with ... Read More »