Interviews

Sally Fallon Morell and Nourishing Traditions (Part 2)

Nourishing Traditional Diets ppt

This post is a continuation of my previous post about Sally Fallon and her work with the Weston A. Price Foundation, whose mission is to inform the public of some rather politically ‘incorrect’ dietary suggestions… Sounds intriguing, right? About Weston A. Price Weston A. Price, a dentist who studied people living in more primitive societies on a diet that did ... Read More »

Sally Fallon Morell and Nourishing Traditions

Sally Fallon Morell at the Family Farmed Expo in Chicago

If you haven’t heard about the work of Sally Fallon Morell, President of the Weston A. Price Foundation, you’re about to meet someone extraordinary. She’s a revolutionary in the food world and has been around long enough to know exactly what she’s talking about. A close friend first introduced me to Ms. Fallon’s classic book, Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that ... Read More »

Top Chef Contestant Malika Ameen Talks to My Halal Kitchen

Malike Ameen

It isn’t every day that you get to ‘meet’ a pastry chef like Malika Ameen. If you don’t know her already, here’s a great chance to get acquainted with one of the country’s finest culinary professionals–and we’re fortunate enough to have her right here with us in Chicago. Even if you’ve seen her as a contestant on Top Chef: Just ... Read More »

Meet Chief Halal Officer Adnan Durrani and Saffron Road Halal Frozen Entrees

Saffron Road Chicken Biryani

It wasn’t too long ago that I first heard about Saffron Road, halal frozen entrees that are now sold at Whole Foods stores. At first glance, I thought they were just another frozen ethnic entree that would be out of reach for halal-eating Muslims. Upon closer look at the packaging, I noticed the words Halal Cuisine. Digging a bit further, I ... Read More »

Talking Iftar On the Kojo Nnamdi Show, American University Radio

The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Last week was an incredibly busy and productive week, alhamdullilah. For starters, I saw the very impressive food documentary, Fresh, which I plan to review here soon. I also met some wonderful people at the Chicago Botanic Garden where I learned about how to properly clean gardening tools, everything you want to know about growing tomatoes, keeping bees or every variety of ... 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 »

If You’re really Into Molecular Gastronomy…or Don’t Even Know What It Is

octopus at Alinea (www.alinea-restaurant.com)

Check out this site by Martin Lersch about molecular gastronomy and the science of cooking. It’s interesting cooking, done with super modern techniques that use nitrogen and other methods to create incredibly rare menus.  If you’re from Chicago or are a super foodie, think Grant Achatz and how he artistically designs and cooks food at Alinea. If you’re like me and dream of visiting ... 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 »

A Food Revolution for Muslims

Cherry Tomatoes from Coloma, Michigan | Yvonne Maffe, My Halal Kitchen

You don’t have to be a medical expert to notice that among the Muslim community living in the United States, there is a prevalence of high sugar, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, all of which can lead to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and heart attacks, even in young individuals. There doesn’t seem to be a lack of ... Read More »

Chicken Bouillabaisse

Chicken Bouillabaise

Those of you who know me well enough know that my favorite cooking mentor is Julia Child–and it’s not because of the book or movie, Julie & Julia (though I really enjoyed both). Around this time last year I completely absorbed myself in The French Chef videos, those early years where Julia Child enlightened the American housewife about how to cook French ... Read More »