How-To

Ramadan Tips from My Halal Kitchen [VIDEO]

ramadan tips from my halal kitchen

This video was prepared in 2012, but I don’t recall whether or not I shared it recently, so I thought it was worth a re-post. Enjoy!   Read More »

How to Enjoy the New Korean BBQ and Chipotle Crunchy Chickpeas by Saffron Road

Saffron Road, a company that makes a nice line of high quality, convenient halal food products, has come out with two new flavors of Crunch Chickpeas: Korean BBQ and Chipotle.  As the labels indicate, I’m also so happy to know that they’re made with organic chickpeas, they’re Non-GMO verified and gluten- free.  I love snacks just as much as the ... Read More »

Four of My Favorite Gardening Shows on YouTube

alys fowler garden show

During the whole “Chiberia” we had throughout the winter, we watched A LOT of tv. Okay, a lot of YouTube. After watching every movie and documentary I’ve ever thought I needed to see, I finally turned to thinking Spring and about my garden. I’ve always had some sort of small garden, whether it was on our balcony or in a ... Read More »

Pumpkin Rolls

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It seems to me that everyone I know is looking more and more towards comfort food , whether in the form of soups, casseroles, pot pies and even desserts. Maybe it’s because of the uncertainty we all live through in today’s world. So many of us live further and further away from family and friends for economic or academic reasons, ... Read More »

How to Store & Preserve Olive Oil Properly

Olive oil is a staple in my house. I use it for everything from salads to cooking (lightly, not deep frying or anything intense like that). I don’t use one particular brand all the time because I like to try different things, but there is a method I like to use to keep it fresher longer and to make sure ... Read More »

How to Remove Seeds From a Pomegranate + Make Pomegranate Punch

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It seems as though pomegranate juice has been all the rage for several years, although it may now be surpassed by the marketing of the benefits of the acai berry.  I hope these unique fruits aren’t forgotten any time soon because they’re absolutely delicious and so beneficial to health, as they are full antioxidants and excellent for heart health. They ... Read More »

How to Cut an Avocado

How to cut avocado

Have you ever really just wondered if there was a super quick and mess-free way to dig into an avocado, particularly the part where you grab the seed out with a knife like all the really cool chefs do on The Food Network? Well, I’ve had a lot of practice, being married to a man who is half Mexican- one ... Read More »

Video Tip: Quick Ways to Defrost Meat Safely

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I’ve heard (and seen) one too many times that people find it perfectly fine to defrost meat over the counter, overnight. This is a big no-no in food safety because bacteria begins to form on meat when it reaches unsafe temperatures- basically temperatures warmer than your home refrigerator. We all lead busy lives and find ourselves with a frozen brick ... Read More »

Video Tips: How to Save Time and Money at the Grocery Store

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I finally decided to put some of my tips on video for you! Isn’t that fun? Well, it was fun for me to get started so I hope you enjoy- let me know what you think. There are more being cooked up where this one came from (my office)… Have a great day, everyone! (P.S. you can subscribe to my ... Read More »

How to Check Red Meat for Freshness in Three Easy Steps

raw meat, halal meat, red meat

Meat can be one of the tastiest foods on the planet, or the most dangerous, depending upon how it reaches you. Read More »