Food News

The Link Between Sicilian and Arabic Cuisine

I love to learn about the history of food- how ingredients crossed the ocean traveled long distances along the Silk Road or made their way from one distant culture to another from empirical expansion or conquest. They are fascinating instances of cultural exchange and a fascination with new flavors, textures and the healing power of culinary delights that people have ... Read More »

The First Summer Ramadan Cooking Chicago Cookbook Tour Stop

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Eager eyes, chattering moms, and a delectable arrangement of lemons, watermelons, and garnish greeted attendees of the Summer Ramadan Cooking cookbook tour at Islamic Foundation in Villa Park. On the way in, the first 25 people received reusable swag baskets filled with goodies from our sponsors such as Crescent Foods, Taaza2U, Midamar Halal, Calphalon and Guidance Residential. In Rachel Ray ... Read More »

Halal Food is Coming to Baltimore, Maryland at the Muslim Food Fest!

I can’t believe how many halal food festivals are popping up around the world and the country this summer- how exciting and fascinating for those who have never experienced halal food AND for those of us who seek out halal food as part of our daily food hunt! I recently learned about the Muslim FoodFest & Zabihah.com are hosting the DMV’s very ... Read More »

My Chicago Cookbook Tour for Ramadan Cooking

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I am so incredibly excited to announce that I’ll be touring the Chicagoland area to talk about the recipes in my cookbook, Summer Ramadan Cooking! I’ll be making stops at various locations to do cooking demos, talk tips on Ramadan preparation and planning and answer questions on cooking and baking for the most special month of the year. Admission  is free ... Read More »

IFANCA’s 15th Annual Halal Food Conference 2013

Halal United | IFANCA Halal Food Conference 2013

Last month I had the privilege of attending IFANCA’s 15th Annual Halal Food Conference 2013 right here in the Chicago suburbs, attended by business, industry and political leaders from around the globe. Who would have thought so many different kinds of people from such a huge variety of professions could be interested in the halal food and consumer goods market? ... 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 »

Sponsored Video: Global Cuisine with Saffron Road Foods

Global Cuisine with Saffron Road | My Halal Kitchen

I love international cuisine and I love traveling the world to seek them out. Of course that’s not always possible, so here are some ways to get global flavors conveniently and of course, halal. Enjoy! Video sponsored by Saffron Road foods. Read More »

Amara Halal Cosmetics: A Glossy Giveaway!

Amara Halal Cosmetics Giveaway | My Halal Kitchen

A few years ago I got rid of all my makeup that had any sort of dangerous or questionable ingredients (i.e. chemicals like parabens and petrochemicals that are allegedly linked to cancers, ones I couldn’t understand or that contained pork by-products).  That didn’t leave me with but a few brands I found at Whole Foods Market, The Vitamin Shoppe, or the plant-based makeup by Origins. Thankfully, ... Read More »

Slow Cooked Beef Stew- A Classic Comfort Food Recipe

Beef Stew Recipe | My Halal Kitchen

I always crave comfort food in the winter time, but right now as a nation and a global community, it looks as though we could all use a lot of comforting, whether it’s through the gathering together of a community or our small family meals we need to be there for one another and offer support, a lending ear or ... Read More »