Fall

Acorn Squash Hummus

Acorn Squash Hummus | My Halal Kitchen

Years ago I would have never openly served a hummus dish other than one made strictly from chickpeas and tahini (sesame seed paste). I thought I might offend a guest or anyone who thought it would be impossible to enjoy alternatives, although I’ve been playing around with recipes that used red pepper and different types of squash for years and ... Read More »

Create A Beautiful ‘Eid Appetizer Table This Fall

Eid Appetizer Table | My Halal Kitchen

I love entertaining during the holidays more than any other time of year. It gives me the opportunity to do what I love most: make healthy gourmet meals for the people I care about most and to show gratitude and respect for that time of year when it truly feels celebratory and special.  Read More »

Lamb Stew with Pumpkin, Plantain, Sweet Potato and Chickpeas

lamb stew with plantains pumpkin chickpeas

When we look through recipes online or in magazines, what really prompts us to go out of our way to make a list and head out to the store with the intention of buying all the ingredients specifically for that recipe we enjoyed looking at so much?                                                                                      I look at food for a living, literally, and am incredibly delighted by ... Read More »

Roasted Pumpkin

roasting pumpkin

If there’s ever one recipe that will help create even more recipes, it’s those for roasted vegetables. I absolutely love to fire up the oven and get my produce seasoned and roasted to eat them as-is, puree them into soups or throw them into stews. You can be as creative as you want to be or simply enjoy them straight ... Read More »

Super Quick Cherry Galette

Cherry Galette

Let’s face it- we’re all busy. We want to eat healthy and watch the ingredients in our food products for safety and for their halal factor, but it isn’t always possible to do absolutely everything from scratch, nor is it practical for most people. I’ll be the first one to say that it used to be a huge stress on ... Read More »

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts and Corn

Brussels Sprouts and Corn

Right now, it’s Brussels sprouts season and you can find them fresh at many local grocery stores throughout the Midwest. Places like Trader Joe’s even carry stalks of them this time of year. Unfortunately, Brussels sprouts get a bad rap because there used to be few good recipes to entice one into actually savoring what these little green veggies can do for the palate, ... Read More »

Chicago’s Green City Market and Roasted Chestnuts Recipe

Fall Gourds at the Green City Market

Saturday was a crisp fall morning perfect for heading out to any farmers’ market, even if  just to take a look at all of the beautiful fall colors existing within the produce: bright red beets, crisp green lettuces, orange pumpkins, gourds from green to yellow to orange, and of course apples in every shade of red imagineable. We needed to ... Read More »

Organic Ohio: Seasonal Salsa, Sicilian Swiss Chard and More

Dwarf Pear Tree in A Neighbor

Going back to Ohio this year at the cusp of summer’s end and the start of fall was a really blessed opportunity to appreciate what’s so beautiful about rural communities, ethnic neighborhoods and simple, all-American living. I was born here, raised here, and spent some of my best years in the nooks and crannies of this rustic place. I rode ... Read More »

Culinary Delights at Northeast Ohio Farmers’ Markets

Ohio Markets

This year during my stay in Ohio I tried to visit as many farmers’ markets and produce stands as possible so that I could get a grasp on the local food buzz- who’s who in local farming and vending and what’s the trend for organic and sustainable products. The Tremont Farmers’ Market & the tower at Cleveland’s West Side Market located ... Read More »

Blueberry Paletas

Blueberry Paleta

If you live in Chicago, Los Angeles, anywhere in Mexico or near a large Mexican population you’ve probably heard of paletas. If you haven’t heard, they are some of the most delicious summer treats one can enjoy. Made with fresh, frozen fruits in dairy or water base, these lovely popsicles aren’t just for kids. Recently, I made my husband run ... Read More »