Buying Halal

GLOW Moisturizers Giveaway

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I was recently introduced to these new moisturizing creams called GLOW Moisturizers and have discovered some new and interesting things I never knew about the science of cosmetics creation as well as things that aren’t in moisturizers that make them even better. You can read more in my interview with Safiya Morgan, CEO & Founder of GLOW.    I was able to ... Read More »

Nut-Filled Dates with Melted Chocolate

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I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified products. These uber delicious Medjool dates stuffed with almonds and topped with melted chocolate and pistachios are just just one of ... Read More »

Crunchy Party Mix

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I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified products. This snack mix, which is great fpr parties, is just one of four I’ll be making and our audience tasting ... Read More »

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 »