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  • Brunch: Poached Eggs & Salmon Over Vegetables & Greens

    Brunch: Poached Eggs & Salmon Over Vegetables & Greens

    Last Saturday night, I watched a great documentary on how to reverse diabetes by going on a raw food...

  • Turkish & Mediterranean Online Market Giveaway!

    Turkish & Mediterranean Online Market Giveaway!

    When I lived closer to the city, I used to frequent Mediterranean and Middle Eastern grocery stores ...

  • Zaffron

    Zaffron

    Zaffron, also known as azafran or osfer, are actually the threads of the safflower plant and serve a...

  • Sejouk (Spicy Sausage)

    Sejouk (Spicy Sausage)

    Sejouk (also known as sudjuk, sujuk, basterma or merguez) is a spicy version of sausage th...

  • Quail Eggs

    Quail Eggs

    Quail eggs are tiny eggs that can be cooked just like your average egg, although some chefs like to ...

  • Preserved Lemons

    Preserved Lemons

    If there’s one ingredient that says “Moroccan cooking” it’s preserved lemons...

  • Ostrich Eggs

    Ostrich Eggs

    Ostrich eggs might not even be on your radar as anything other than what you might see at a zoo, but...

Traveling Spices

Traveling Spices | My Halal Pantry

Travel. It’s one of my absolute favorite words.  It’s a word of action that implies adventure, change and the addition of spice to an otherwise mundane everyday life. Who doesn’t love the thrill of going to new places, not to mention trying new foods? Yes, that usually is the case for travel abroad, though things are changing dramatically on the American food ... Read More »

Fresh Turmeric: What it Looks Like and How to Use It

Fresh Turmeric | Halal Pantry | My Halal Kitchen

Most of us who venture into the world of Indian cooking (outside of India) are introduced to the spice turmeric in its bright yellow ground form as opposed to the fresh form which looks so similar to fresh ginger.  Turmeric gives a beautiful color to rice and meats and is a popular ingredient in curry dishes, different types of biryani and even American mustard. For this reason, it’s often ... Read More »

Spice Up Your Life with this Harissa Giveaway!

Mina Harissa Giveaway | My Halal Kitchen

Have you ever had harissa, that hot and spicy condiment made red by combining chili peppers, garlic and perhaps some dry-roasted spices, then thrown into North African soups and stews for added flavor? I liken harissa to the French pistou of North African cusine because, much like pistou, it is typically added to finished dishes for the fresh and pungent flavor it provides, to top ... Read More »

How to Find and Join a CSA

How to Join a CSA | My Halal Kitchen

I just published a post about where raw milk comes from and what I went throug to get myself to the point of actually joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in order to feel assured about the safety (insha’allah) of consuming raw milk products and local organic produce in .  You can read that here. Variety of pumpkin, squash and raw milk from Family Farms Co-op CSA  ... Read More »

How We Get Raw Milk

How We Get Raw Milk | My Halal Kitchen

By now, most of my family, friends and fellow comrades on Facebook and Twitter know my stance on raw milk. In short, I fully support it, love it and recommend it to others. Middlebury, Indiana in Amish Country is a great place for Dairy Farming If you’re familiar with raw milk or have had it as a source of food, ... Read More »

Super Quick Guacamole or Avocado Spread

Quick Guacamole

I use avocadoes for a lot of things: sandwiches, homemade beauty care (it’s the best facial ingredient ever) and more. But, most people know avocadoes as the main ingredient in guacamole. In fact, some people (I’ve heard them say) confuse avocadoes with guacamole- in other words, they don’t really realize the main ingredient in guacamole is actually a fruit by ... Read More »

Feta & Avocado Sandwich + A Recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise

Feta & Avocado Sandwich + A Recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise | My Halal Kitchen

Everyone has some sort of comfort food. Some people love cakes for soothing comfort; others love chicken noodle soup or a hearty chili.  For me, it’s always a sandwich: thick bread, a bit of mayo and mustard, and always some sort of cheese- extra cheese. Recently, I spent over a month in Cleveland with my family. After a few days there, ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie Not From a Can

Pumpkin Pie Not From a Can | My Halal Kitchen

I could eat Pumpkin Pie any time of year. It just so happens that because pumpkins are seasonal in the fall here in the Midwest, I truly crave this exact type of pie at this exact time of the year. I love the smell of fresh pumpkin so I began to steam small pie pumpkins myself, also known as sugar pumpkins. I ... Read More »