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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 »

How to Make a Hand-Crafted Serving Tray

serving tray on frame

Although I haven’t talked about it much on this blog, I really am a lover of home made crafts, especially those where I can re-purpose things I already have. I’m not big on spending a lot of money at craft stores, either. I go for basics while I’m there, but I don’t buy much of the new things I can find on my ... Read More »

Family Farmed Expo in Chicago

Family Farmed Expo

I have to admit, I’ve been really glued to the television and any news media outlet to catch updates on the situation in Japan.  It was hard for me to write about food or develop recipes when all I could think about was the hardship and suffering of the Japanese people and how the nuclear radiation could affect the entire ... Read More »

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Gardening Groove On

Window Box Seeds

Here in the Midwest, much like other parts of the country we’re experiencing a complete and utter freeze. It’s incredibly hard to imagine colorful flowers, edible gardens, or even water that doesn’t freeze when poured right now, but this is the best time to think about your spring garden. The Butchart Gardens Seeds- Vancouver, Canada Yes, your spring garden. And summer ... 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 »

Chocolate Mousse Cups | ‘Eid Bazaar Baking

Handmade Moroccan Candles

I had the great fortune of being able to do a little baking for a local school bazaar this past weekend. Teachers were raising money to fund the children’s Hajj re-enactment program where the kids learn how to properly perform the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. You see, it’s Hajj ‘season’, meaning that most piligrims from all over the world ... Read More »

My Interview with Jules Dervaes of The Path to Freedom: The Modern Urban Homestead

Dervaes/UrbanHomestead.org

Many of you who follow this blog or actively participate on the MHK Facebook Page probably remember my several mentions of the Dervaes Family, the nearly self-sufficient Californians who garden just about every inch of their modest Pasadena home and even sell their harvest to local chefs and restauranteurs. I first learned about Jules Dervaes a few years ago while watching a ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market Salad

Strolling through the farmer’s market on a humid summer morning is enough inspiration to seek out the best salad ingredients you can find. I returned recently with beautiful radishes and purple scallions. Combining that with my balcony garden herbs made this a super local food.   Ingredients ½ bunch radishes, julienned 1 cucumber, seeds removed, sliced lengthwise 3 scallions, cut ... Read More »