I asked Creative Designer Kung Pik Liu over at Sakina Design to share something special with us this Ramadan to make our homes feel festive, bright and beautiful. To that end, she has indeed come up with a craft you’ll definitely want to make, especially since she provides a colorful downloadable printout for us, too. Sakina Design’s Ramadan Lantern can ... Read More »
Although not necessarily a food-related product, I have a real affinity for Noor Kids books for seve...
The following post comes to us all the way from Doha, Qatar where our friend and partner in creating...
Since we’ve moved into our house and begun construction, it’s the simple things in life ...
This next post and giveaway comes to us from the online Etsy store, Salaam Cards. I’ve watched...
We’re all getting back to a more ‘normal’ routine after the month of fasting in Ra...
Every family has a favorite party dish, regardless of cultural background or ethnic makeup or religi...
Tiramisu, the quintessential Sicilian dessert, and the ultimate party food. Although I’m (hal...
If you live anywhere in California or nearby, you’ve probably heard of date milkshakes and the pretty well-known stands at farms and orchards who sell them. I have lived in California, driven through it many times from all different angles and have never tried one, but I’ve heard plenty about them. A date shake perfect for iftar, and a great ... Read More »
Last year during Ramadan I introduced you to Patchi chocolates because I fell in love with their quality and taste. I had all but given up on ever finding the taste of real chocolate mixed with real nuts like hazelnuts, pistachio, and almonds that I grew up enjoying whenever someone in my family came to visit from Italy bearing gifts of ... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »