Buying Halal

Quick and Easy Chicken Wings

Quick & Easy Chicken Wings

My love of eating chicken wings began in college when I really got a taste of how wonderful they were- mild, hot and spicy and always with some sort of creamy dip and a side of fries. It’s the college kid ting to do, right?  Well, the saucy wings weren’t the first kind I was exposed to, but the first kind ... Read More »

Mediterranean Couscous with Chicken & Olives

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We’re in the thick of winter. It’s cold, icy, slushy, and the snow is absolutely beautiful from indoors, as long as you don’t have to drive in any of it. It’s the time of year when you realize that on any given day, the snow storms could blow in and it’ll be a great opportunity to cook up some favorite ... Read More »

Sweet Giveaway: Amal’s Baklava

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Recently I’ve had the pleasure of trying a baklava that is new to me- it’s homemade by a woman named Amal out of her Los Angeles kitchen and it’s delicious in the way that only a  homemade baklava can be. For me, someone who grew up eating baklava from grocery stores that sold the hard but  flaky, almost too hard to ... Read More »

[Video] My Interview of Adnan Durrani, Chief Halal Officer at Saffron Road Food

This is our longest video in the series of interviews we conducted at the Halal Food Festival here in Chicago. It’s longer than the others and chock full of information about Chief Halal Officer of Saffron Road Food, Adnan Durrani’s journey through entrepreneurship in the halal industry. He offers insight and tips for those interested in pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors which ... 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 »

[Video] Yvonne Interviews Youssef Elayyadi of Minaret, Producers of Halal Hot Dogs

Yesterday I posted a video interview of Baba Pita Restaurant here in Chicago and I’m continuing on for the next few days with videos that we were able to capture of some of the vendors at the Halal Food Festival on Sept. 14, 2013 right here in Chicago. This next video is one of my favorites because I got to ... Read More »

Korean Slow Cooked Beef & Vegetables

Korean Slow Cooked Beef with Saffron Road Simmer Sauce

Since we’ve moved into our house and begun construction, it’s the simple things in life that have kind of gone straight out the window- like an organized closet, knowing where all my cooking spices are, and the luxury (because it truly is) of having a working stove hooked up to a gas line, right next to a working sink where ... Read More »

The Story Behind Patchi Chocolates

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 »

Chicken Rogan Josh with Potatoes, Peas and Cilantro

Rogan Josh is a north Indian curry dish that is typically served with lamb. The word rogan is Persian for oil and josh mans hot or heat (some also say it means passionate).  Despite the name or meaning, I’ve not ever had this dish at the multitude of Indian restaurants, weddings or gatherings that I’ve attended, and I thought I had tried just about ... Read More »

Myth #3: The Halal Slaughter is Barbaric

Some people have an issue with any meat that is ritually sacrificed or slaughtered; others have an issue with slaughtering any animals for food and regard it as barbaric. In Islam, while Muslims are not mandated to eat meat, they aren’t prohibited from it, either. Everything in balance is a key principle in Islam and there may be no other ... Read More »