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An Easy Way to Protect Your Floors & Walls

It’s amazing what doing a lot of things yourself in your house can do to your psyche. First of all, it makes you feel really accountable for caring for the things in your home that you worked very hard to purchase and that now you want to protect and keep looking nice. Though I haven’t posted it yet, we put in some ... Read More »

Updating Your Kitchen with Style: Simple & Easy Kitchen Improvements That Make a Huge Impact

Kitchen Updates | My Halal Kitchen

In a tough world economy not everyone can afford a complete kitchen makeover, but is it necessary to make such major changes? Some kitchens can get a few small changes that’ll go a very long way. In this article by native New Yorker and Interior Designer, Saudah Saleem tells us exactly how you can make that happen. Today’s kitchens are ... Read More »

Quick Coffee Tip

Quick Coffee Tip | My Halal Kitchen

I love freshly ground coffee and since I do it myself without any type of grinder attachment to a coffee maker, it does take an extra few minutes and effort to get out the separate grinder, grind the coffee beans (which is loud, especially in the morning) and then deal with measuring and pouring the coffee, plus cleaning up the ... Read More »

5 Tips to Create Your Very Own Moroccan Escape at Home

moroccon

Lately I’ve been quite reminisce about my trip to Tangiers, Morocco in the mid-90′s. It was my first time in Africa and I’d never been to a place as exotic and strikingly different from the U.S. or Europe. The flavors, colors and scents were ones I felt instantly comfortable with and the intricate designs and deep-colored decor using uniquely Moroccan textiles ... Read More »

Citrus Presses

variety of citrus presses

Most of us don’t think about having citrus fruits in the winter as eating seasonally, but the fact is that somewhere from November to February (late fall thru the winter) juicy lemons, limes, grapefruit and oranges are in season–in warm places throughout the world such as Florida, California and even some parts of Arizona. To extract the juices there are a variety ... Read More »

Welcome, Ramadan!

chocolate truffles from Alladin

Ramadan Mubarak!  Yesterday was the first full day of fasting for us here in Chicago. We had a great suhoor (pre-dawn meal) of eggs with spinach, ground beef with Italian herbs and a side of black beans. For iftar (breaking of the fast) we had skirt steak with only four ingredients: olive oil, salt, black pepper and balsamic vinegar. Both were simple and ... Read More »

Kitchen Efficiency During Ramadan

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Being efficient is a skill that can always be improved upon. During Ramadan, however, it’s more important than ever to be incorporate efficiency into your life so that you spend less time in the kitchen and more time taking advantage of the opportunities for ibadat during this blessed month.   Check out these ten tips to get you in and ... Read More »

How to Preserve Canned Tomato Paste Once It’s Opened

Paglicacci Tomato Paste

Do you ever open up a can of tomato paste for just one tablespoon required for your recipe and then you’re left with most of the can open or with the cut metal lid semi-open,semi-closed? The paste begins to blacken a bit after a couple of days. Pretty soon, if you haven’t closed it properly, the whole can goes moldy ... Read More »

About Citrus Zest

Yvonne Maffei Food Photos | www.myhalalkitchen.com

Did you know that most citrus fruits were traditionally grown for their zest, not for their fruits?  When you zest, or peel away the skin of citrus, you get all the flavor of a lemon, lime or orange in this skin- without all the acidity of the flesh. One has to just be careful not to zest too much of the outside ... Read More »

Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

Spring Cleaning…the thought of it is refreshing while at the same time overwhelming to some people. In Chicago, we’re feeling as though we’re back to winter- cold temperatures and icy wet snow visited us this weekend and will hopefully leave us with warmer temperatures soon. insha’allah. Since I have been planning for and writing this e-book for quite a while now, I decided ... Read More »