Halal Living

Ramadan Greetings!

Ramadan is here and well underway- some people started fasting last Friday; others last Saturday. Regardless, everyone is on the same page right now, which is all that matters. So, Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan)! Tartlets with Lemon Cream and Fresh Summer Fruits, recipe available on our new app! Read More »

Traveling Spices

Traveling Spices | My Halal Pantry

Travel. It’s one of my absolute favorite words.  It’s a word of action that implies adventure, change and the addition of spice to an otherwise mundane everyday life. Who doesn’t love the thrill of going to new places, not to mention trying new foods? Yes, that usually is the case for travel abroad, though things are changing dramatically on the American food ... Read More »

How to Clean Copper Pots

Copper Pots | My Halal Kitchen - Cleaning

I don’t have many copper pots in my kitchen- in fact, I have just two and they are some of the best I own. They heat foods fast and cook them well, which is probably why they’ve been in gourmet kitchens for centuries. My small copper saucepan needs some TLC- see the difference between the top half and the bottom ... Read More »

In the Kitchen With Noor Kids Children’s Books

In the Kitchen with Noor Kids | My Halal Kitchen

Have you ever thought about what you would look like if someone attempted to sketch you and then color you inside all of the lines so that you would basically become a cartoon character? The cover of Noor Kids Go to Hajj, published in October 2011. I just love the casbah design in the background and the absolutely lovable cast of characters who ... Read More »

Halal Nutrition Workshops with IFANCA

Halal and Nutrition Workshop_P1

I’m really excited to announce my collaboration with IFANCA to bring the local Chicago community a series of hour-long workshops  in 2012 on eating halal and healthy. We’re teaming up to take some important information on the road: sourcing halal ingredients, what foods are most nutritious, how to read product labels and a quick and healthy recipe demonstrated live. Find out more ... Read More »

A Quick Guide to Dates & How to Store Them

Dates and Cream for Iftar

Our latest guest post is by Nadia Hubbi, Founder & CEO of Sweet Pillar & Co. Her chocolate-covered dates captured me so much that I asked her to tell us all about how to find the perfect one for our tastebuds and the origins of this ancient, lovely fruit so that we can appreciate them all the more. Let’s talk ... Read More »

CLOSED: Patchi Chocolate Giveaway for ‘Eid ul Adha

patchi nougat and square

Chocolate is among the world’s favorite foods. We are inundated with a variety of brands and flavors added to chocolate bars and other chocolate products. The popularity of dark chocolate or chocolates with a high percentage of cacao (ranging from 70-90%) is increasing, as the health benefits are being touted as a great excuse to eat them. Soft Nougat with ... Read More »

How to Find and Join a CSA

How to Join a CSA | My Halal Kitchen

I just published a post about where raw milk comes from and what I went throug to get myself to the point of actually joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in order to feel assured about the safety (insha’allah) of consuming raw milk products and local organic produce in .  You can read that here. Variety of pumpkin, squash and raw milk from Family Farms Co-op CSA  ... Read More »

My Interview of Mary Nolan, Chef de Cuisine at Bon Appétit Magazine

Mary Nolan of Bon Appetit | My Halal Kitchen

I recently attended the Chicago Gourmet event right here in the Windy City, though on that day it was a rainy city–mostly in the morning. Good thing because the Chicago Gourmet event was held outdoors in Millenium Park. It was also the day I would meet and interview Chef de Cuisine of Bon Appétit magazine, Mary Nolan. Mary Nolan is ... Read More »

Breakfast at Kingsbury Street Cafe

Breakfast at Kingsbury Cafe Chicago | My Halal Kitchen

Sunday morning is a great time to have breakfast out with the family, but some places actually offer wonderful breakfast menu items during the middle of the week, too. I was recently invited for breakfast at a place I’d never heard of before, Kingsbury Street Cafe, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Read More »