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Insalata Caprese

Insalata Caprese | My Halal Kitchen

Just because it’s not summer, it doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in a craving for fresh produce and a taste of sunny Italy…at least I don’t deny myself that when I find great organic tomatoes, fresh basil and of course the best fresh mozzarella around. It’s such a treat and takes away some of those winter blues.   Choose ... Read More »

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Add sour cream and butter

I can’t remember the last time we had mashed potatoes from a box. Just the thought of it brings to mind the empty feeling I get from any foods that are simply a semblance of real food. I know it’s convenient, economical and sometimes the only option for people, but perhaps if we looked to our grandparents and those before ... Read More »

How to Make Gravy

finished gravy

Making gravy is sometimes an intimidating  task, but it doesn’t have to be! In fact, once you try it out and practice a few times, it’s super rewarding to know that you don’t have to rely on any type of packet to make it.  These are the main store-bought ingredients I use: unbleached flour, chicken broth, spiced cider, salt and pepper. ... Read More »

Fig, Pine Nut, Garlic & Herb Stuffing

Mediterranean Ingredients

Every good bird would love to have some stuffing alongside it, right? Well, there are tons of ways to make a great stuffing so you really can choose the ‘additions’ to the bread portions as you see fit (mostly dry goods) so in my case, I pulled from my Mediterranean heritage and decided to add dried figs, pine nuts, sage, thyme ... Read More »

Classic Roasted Chicken with Fall Vegetables

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Everyone loves a classic roasted chicken and there are countless recipes in the world on to make the perfect one, and I certainly have my own that I stick to pretty much every time I have a craving for the comfort food that it is.What’s my secret?  Two things: 1) Butter and 2) fresh herbs. They’re stuffed right under the ... Read More »

Pumpkin Saffron Soup

Pumpkin Saffron Soup | My Halal Kitchen

‘Tis the season for lots and lots of pumpkins everywhere…and I definitely can’t bear to see them going to waste any time soon. So, if you don’t quite have the time to make baked desserts like pumpkin pies or pumpkin rolls from scratch, you can definitely make this quick and easy soup over the weekend, in a pinch. Having guests ... Read More »

Creamy Zucchini & Potato Soup

Potato and Zucchini Soup

I absolutely love, love, love this soup. I’ve been told it’s like a broccoli cheddar soup without the broccoli or the cheddar. I think my guests are referring to the texture, which is thick and creamy, made possible by the starch in the golden and silky Yukon potatoes that are used here. Of course the half and half adds a ... 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

Snack Mix

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 »

Flatbread Triangles with Cheese and Fresh Veggies

Flatbread

I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council) 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 flatbread triangles, great kid-friendly snack, is just one of four I’ll be making and our audience tasting at each workshop. If ... Read More »