Seasonal Recipes

Watermelon & Feta Salad

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I have been waiting to make this salad since the winter time. Watermelon is my favorite fruit, mainly because it hydrates the body as you eat it, perfect to eat during non-fasting hours in Ramadan, so during this time I eat it as much as possible and in as many ways as possible. Being a coffee drinker, it’s super important to stay ... Read More »

Beef Samosa Puff Pastries

Beef Samosa Puff Pastries | My Halal Kitchen

If you’ve never tasted keema, or that wonderfully spiced Indian-style ground beef, you’re totally missing out on some great flavor. Surely every family makes it a little different- even I have a few different versions, but for samosas I like to recreate a certain flavor. The first time I ever had it was at a suhoor in which I was ... Read More »

Kathy Hester’s Indian Yogurt Salad

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Kathy Hester is a food blogger and the author of some really great cookbooks that I’m happy to know about and have on my bookshelf because they demonstrate wonderful ways to substitute meat when you want to or you have to, for one reason or another. We met briefly at the Eat Write Retreat in Washington, D.C. a couple of years ago and later ... Read More »

Carrot Purée as a Healthy Secret Ingredient

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I learned a really cool cooking idea many years ago that I’ve used over and over again to flavor soups, rice dishes and more. It’ll also help you use up that whole bag of carrots that’s going bad in your fridge right now. If you have kids, you can also use the same trick to slip into a whole host ... Read More »

Halal Korean Cuisine Made Delicious and Convenient

Beef Bulgogi by Saffron Road

When I first came to Chicago over thirteen ago, the last type of cuisine I ever thought I would fall in love with is Korean, not for any other reason than the fact that I had no idea there was such a large population of Koreans living in and around the city. The first way I found out was by ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie Recipe Card Printables

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We’ve been talking about pumpkin a lot lately, way before Thanksgiving, just about as soon as the leaves started to change colors. It’s when many of use get excited about cooking and baking with these garden gems. Since pumpkins and other gourds last so long and can so well, they can be used way into the winter season for all ... 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 »

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

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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 »

Creamy Fusilli Pasta with Swiss Chard and Chicken

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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

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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 »