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On Being Half Sicilian

box of sicilian tomatoes

It’s so important to appreciate and respect our family roots, no matter how old we are or well-traveled or educated. One always comes full circle in when you’re able to understand at least a little something about our grandparents, great-grandparents and beyond them. What where their struggles? What were their professions? How did they live, what did they eat? What ... Read More »

5 Inexpensive Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without This Winter

Olive Tree Soap Company Organic Argan Oil

We are all pretty well aware that this has been our coldest winter or record. Polar Vortex, ChiBeria, Snowmageddon, whatever you call it, it doesn’t look like we’ll be forgetting this one any time soon.  As we remain warm and comfortable (alhamdullilah) in our homes to ride out the cold wave, each time I look down to my red, dry ... Read More »

[Video] My Interview of Amin Aaser of Noor Kids Book Series

Although not necessarily a food-related product, I have a real affinity for Noor Kids books for several very important reasons. One is that the are excellent books for kids that teach them about Islam in a fun, colorful and visual way with cartoon characters the kids can get to know throughout the series. Amin Aaser, the Harvard educated co-creator of the ... Read More »

Teaching Kids About Eid ul Adha

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The following post comes to us all the way from Doha, Qatar where our friend and partner in creating the Sweet Dawah™  Kit line of products at her company, Silver Envelope, Raana Smith lives. Photo Courtesy of Silver Envelope As we move in to the last 10 days leading up to Eid al-Adha, we notice a flurry of things going ... Read More »

Mostaccioli: The Great Italian Party Dish

cheesy mostaccioli

Every family has a favorite party dish, regardless of cultural background or ethnic makeup or religious observance. I happen to think that every special occasion in my family should contain a very large pasta dish of some sort: lasagna, pasta with meatballs, eggplant Parmesan or mostaccioli, that oven baked pasta dish that is oh-so filling and warms up the house ... Read More »

Patchi’s Chocolate Eid Giveaway

Patchi's Chocolate Eid Giveaway | My Halal Kitchen

Okay, so by now you all know that Patchi has to be one of my most favorite chocolates in the whole wide world. Truly, it was love at first bite for me. Which is why I convince them to give away these beautiful bundles to you. I’m looking out for your chocolate interests, folks.   Well, the folks at Patchi don’t ... Read More »

CLOSED: Modern Muslim Home- An Artful, Beautiful Giveaway

Favors of Allah | Modern Muslim Home

I stumbled upon Modern Muslim Home online a while ago and instantly realized how beautiful their work was–and that it should be sold in stores like Home Goods, Kohl’s and Target- you know, those stores we all shop at but might not choose some of the hanging decor with inspirational quotes simply because we’re looking for something more, well, Islamic ... Read More »

5 of My Favorite Things This Ramadan

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It takes a lot for me to find things I really love. I’m not only picky about what comes into my home, but I’ve come to a point in my life where I only want to surround myself with things that I absolutely love. It’s quality over quantity and it helps me to simplify everything from household goods to what I stock ... Read More »

Salted Caramel Macadamia Cheesecake + FREE Eid Printables

Sweets are the biggest hit during any Eid celebration. It is not ‘Eid until you have sweets and desserts on the table. In fact, every house we visit during Eid, will have delectable sweets/desserts served to their guests. It is definitely a day to celebrate the long days of fasting in Ramadan and indulge that sweet tooth a bit, if ... Read More »

Patchi’s Tassali Box Giveaway to Kickoff Ramadan 2013

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Take a look at this chocolate. Wouldn’t it make a nice hostess gift? Or a gift to yourself? Patch is giving away one Tassali Variety Box (560grams, 19.75 ounces), a once-a-year-only treat,  to a randomly-selected reader of My Halal Kitchen (see details below).  The box retails at $65.00. This gift box contains 45 pieces of Tassali chocolates–mouth watering Ramadan specialties that will ... Read More »