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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 »

Where Will You Go Shopping For Your Next Kitchen Makeover?

Where Will You Shop for Your Next Kitchen Makeover | My Halal Kitchen

It’s all over the television and online news and buzzing around in the world of social media: home improvement store, Lowe’s, has decided to pull advertising from The Learning Channel (TLC)’s new reality show, All American Muslim. It’s miffed a lot of people, and not all of them are Muslims. Read More »

Honey as an Endangered Food Source

pure honey sign

I wrote an extensive article about how important and endangered our honeybees and our honey is to us both historically as well as in today’s world. This article was just published in the new brand new magazine for Muslim women called Jenan, which is beautifully done. Read More »

Two San Diego Area Farmers Markets and Vintage Shops Nearby

San Diego Farmers Markets | My Halal Kitchen

During my trip to San Diego last May, I shared many of my culinary and shopping adventures by tweeting and posting updates to the MHK Facebook page . There was a great response and interest from readers and I was thrilled to know that many of you shop at farmers markets, many in California. What a great place for fresh, local and organic ... 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

grocery goods for wedding dinner smaller

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 Fresh Basil

Basil | Yvonne

It’s that time of year here in the Midwest of the U.S. and everywhere there is summer weather when our gardens are bursting with green and lovely plants and herbs. Since we’ve had a lot of hot weather lately, my basil, tomato and zucchini plants have suddenly bolted upward. That’s great for vegetable plants, but herbs like basil need to ... Read More »

5 of My New Favorite Things for the Kitchen

Five of My Favorite Useful Things | My Halal Kitchen

I’ve been gifted a few things recently that I love so much and really want to share with all of you. They make great gifts because not only are they cute and clever, they’re useful and beneficial, too. Microfiber Dish Cloths. These no-name dish cloths are not only so incredibly cute in color and pattern, they’re awesome to use. They’re super absorbent, ... Read More »

Clean Your Kitchen Green- My New Book is Coming Soon!

CYKG 600

I’m so excited to be able to talk about my new pocket-size book on green cleaning! After numerous edits and an incredibly patient and talented designer, it’s finally at the printer doing its first run in print format. For those of you who purchased my Spring Cleaning E-book in the past, this is a much more extensive guide that goes beyond ... Read More »

Edible Gardening Resources

Raised Bed Gardens

Yesterday I aired a segment on my blog talk radio program called Organic Edible Gardening, where I gave 30 minutes of tips on what you need to think about and know in order to prepare, plant and maintain your own edible garden space, big or small. As promised during the program, I’m providing a list of resources for you below.  The ... Read More »