Seasonal Recipes

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

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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 »

Red Lentil and Carrot Soup

Red Lentil & Carrot Soup | My Halal Kitchen

Those of you who’ve been reading my recipes for a while probably already know that I’m a total soup lover and a lover of the Fall season. I love warm and cuddly sweaters, crisp and dry weather. A good bowl of freshly made soup is the perfect way for me to get comfy at home with a good book or ... Read More »

Angus Beef Burger with Cheese

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While grilling season may seem like it’s winding down or at a complete dead halt here in Chicago (we got a sudden cold spell), the weather usually takes a turn upwards again and we get a streak of a couple of hot (or at least some very warm days) where everyone wants to grill something. This recipe is the perfect ... Read More »

Cucumber, Red Onion, and Avocado Salad

Cucumber, Red Onion, and Avocado Salad | My Halal Kitchen

 At the time I made this recipe, it still felt like summer. Two short days later, it feels like we skipped right to Autumn and possibly on the verge of winter. Oh well, I’ll eat avocados at any time of year and when mixed with cucumbers and red onions, it reminds me of summer days. At least the cucumbers I’ve ... Read More »

Smoothie Packs

Smoothie Packs | My Halal Kitchen

This past Ramadan I got really used to drinking smoothies at iftar and sometimes even at suhoor.  Now here were are a couple of months out, and they are very much still on my radar, especially since I’ve frozen so much of the fruit that was leftover and still gets left over from weekly shopping. But what I decided to ... Read More »

Cucumber Spritzer

Cucumber Spritzer | My Halal Kitchen

Even though we’re almost at the end of August, the weather seems to be getting hotter and hotter. This cucumber spritzer is the perfect way to stay cool and refreshed at this time of year. All you need is sparkling water, lemons, and cucumbers of course! There are two cucumbers photographed below, but you only need one. Add more if ... Read More »