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Cranberry Sauce with Apples & Pears

final cranberry on spoon 2

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 »

Softened Red Potatoes & Parsley

Red Potatoes & Parsley | My Halal Kitchen

My mom used to make these potatoes often when I was growing up. I’m not quite sure where she got the recipe, but she used to read a lot of cookbooks and magazines to get ideas, and when a dish worked (i.e we all liked it), she kept making it. Read More »

Quick Kidney Beans with Tomatoes, Onions and Cilantro

Quick Kidney Beans in Tomatoes | My Halal Kitchen

It’s true, I travel with food. It’s not because I’m a food blogger, a halal foodie or averse to outside food. It’s because I like to feel good and comfortable by eating what I know is healthy, especially when I have the time to relax and cook (yes, cooking is relaxing to me).   Quick Kidney Beans with Tomatoes, Onions ... Read More »

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 »

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Oven Roasted Tomatoes | My Halal Kitchen

Tomatoes may not be summer-ready here in the Midwest, but there’s no shortage of beautiful ones in the grocery store, perhaps coming in from California. I picked up some beautiful Roma variety, ripening them on the counter for several days before roasting. After roasting, I really wasn’t sure what exactly I waould even use them for, but I knew they would be ... Read More »

Sauteed Spinach with Garlic

Spinach and Garlic Side Dish 600

Spinach is that quintessential health food. We know it’s good for us, but how often do we really eat it fresh and lightly cooked? With numerous health scares related to tainted spinach, it’s a food many people are often weary of eating at restaurants or even fresh or frozen from the grocery store. In that case, it’s easy to grow ... Read More »

Chile Relleno Tacos at Las Asadas

Inside Chile Relleno Taco | Las Asadas Mexican Restaurant

I absolutely love Mexican food.  Having lived and studied in Mexico during my college days and since traveled to both the Yucatan Peninsula and the Jalisco area since those times, I’ve really experienced a great variety of Mexican cuisine. Each region has such a diverse culinary culture- the coastal areas are naturally endowed with the freshest fish; inland there are more meat, cheese and ... Read More »

Stuffed Chayote with Carne Molida | Caribbean Squash with Ground Beef

Chayote | Caribbean Squash

How do you decide which recipes to make daily or on special occasions? What sparks your interest? A good photo? A mouth-watering description in a cookbook? The smell of a particular food coming from a neighbor’s house? A memory of someone? For me, it’s usually a little bit of each, but this time tidbits of stories about my abuelita {grandmother} motivated me to hunt down chayote {a Caribbean ... 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 »

Swiss Chard with Toasted Cashews

swiss chard with cashews

Swiss chard is a spring vegetable that thrives and grows in cool weather, which means you can enjoy it again in the fall.  I found some lovely Swiss chard, bright green and firm, at my local Asian market. Here’s what I did with it to make a delicious side dish to meat, but will go great with fish or poultry ... Read More »