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Cranberry Sauce with Apples & Pears

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The first winter break home from college was the first time I ever made Thanksgiving dinner for my family. I had never attempted it before and I actually didn’t even know I was going to be the one cooking until a few days before. My mom bought all the ingredients and gave me the Williams-Sonoma handbook of Thanksgiving cooking. It was a ... Read More »

Halal Pepperoni Pizza with Recipe for Homemade Sauce and Dough

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I grew up eating homemade pizza and pizza from very good local pizzerias. Both were excellent, though completely different from one another- one being the American version of pepperoni pizzas and the other being my grandmother’s version of the traditional Sicilian style pizza made from scratch and made like no other pizza in town. My grandmother made pizza on the ... Read More »

10 Uses for Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin Puree | My Halal Kitchen

We see pumpkins everywhere right now, don’t we? And they come in all shapes and sizes and even colors (i.e. orange, green, light beige). They’re kind of intimidating when you look at them. Hard, rounded but not perfectly round. Many have ridges that make them hard to cut, too. Forget about using a small knife, too- you need a chef’s ... Read More »

4 Easy Ways to Use Up Leftovers from Eid

cooking with seasonal produce

I know some people are particular are about leftovers and prefer only freshly-made food, but let’s get a reality check. That doesn’t work for most people who need to get back to work and get on with everyday life and don’t have the time or energy to continue the charade of menu planning, shopping and cooking- especially after hosting a ... Read More »

Chickpea and Cilantro Salad

chickpea and cilantro salad

Many of you have asked about the recipe for this dish that I served over the weekend, so I’ll give it to you simply- because it’s one of the easiest dishes to make, and super simple and healthy. Enjoy! Chickpea & Cilantro SaladBy Yvonne Published: October 17, 2013Yield: 12 ServingsPrep: 10 minsQuick, easy, fresh- isn't that what you like to ... Read More »

Fig, Apple and Cheese Panini & Salad with Creamy Date Vinaigrette

salad plate

By now, you might know that Fall is my absolute favorite season- for everything, but mostly for three very specific things: to wear comfy sweaters and jeans, to take walks or drives to admire the changing Autumn leaves and to visit  farmers markets for the gorgeous late harvest produce. I’m not a fan of the heat or humidity, which is ... 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 »

Creamy Fusilli Pasta with Swiss Chard and Chicken

creamy pasta with swiss chard

I have the most convenient times for food cravings. Right now our kitchen is completely unusable while it’s under construction. The stove is off the gas line, the sink is not even anywhere in the kitchen but resides in the middle of our living room hanging out and waiting for the demolition to be over and the re-building to begin ... Read More »

Just Add Dates

Add chopped dates

One of the easiest things  you can do to a salad to spruce it up is to add something surprisingly sweet. I love chopped dates in my salads, especially around the end of summer and early fall when things like pears and apples are in season. They pair so beautifully with the chewy sweetness of dates and are delicious topped with a ... Read More »

Kumato Tomato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

I feel like every year there has to be a late summer salad made of just tomatoes (in terms of produce) and I like to experiment by making a unique one. Last year, I made salads with a lot of heirloom tomatoes and salsa with the tomatillos from my garden. This year, since moving I haven’t been able to grow much except for ... Read More »