Seasonal Recipes

Sauteed Zucchini with Yogurt & Basil

Zucchini, Yogurt and Basil

Our garden zucchini isn’t ready yet, but our basil plant is quite full and the local markets are carrying really nice and plump striped zucchini that I love so much. These two ingredients prompted me to come up with this dish which takes under 15 minutes to make. You could cook the zucchini longer, but that’s up to you. Insha’allah ... Read More »

5 Simple Ways to Get Your Gardening Groove On

Window Box Seeds

Here in the Midwest, much like other parts of the country we’re experiencing a complete and utter freeze. It’s incredibly hard to imagine colorful flowers, edible gardens, or even water that doesn’t freeze when poured right now, but this is the best time to think about your spring garden. The Butchart Gardens Seeds- Vancouver, Canada Yes, your spring garden. And summer ... 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 »

Savory Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritter | My Halal Kitchen

At the end of every summer, it’s easy to take the plethora of zucchini and other types of summer squash for granted. In my experience, people are trying to give it away because they have so much, and if they can’t give it to you as-is, they’ll try to give it to you in the form of zucchini bread! This ... 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 »

Quick Pickled Peppers

Pickling Peppers

I’ve been really enjoying my time in Ohio among all the backyard gardeners in my family and in our neighborhood. Needless to say, I have been overwhelmed with the amount of produce people have gifted us, but found that pickling was the answer to enjoy the sweet and the hot peppers from my aunt’s garden. In general, the pickling process ... Read More »

Tangy Lime & Sumac Summer Salad

Tangy Lime and Sumac Summer Salad

While still experiencing the heat of the summer, it’s always nice to have a refreshing, light salad to accompany other summer foods. I love this salad not only because I love the addition of  lime juice to salads, but I also love sumac, the dried, crushed and ground fruit of the sumac flower typical of the Mediterranean. Sumac also gives a ... 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 »