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Spicy Olive Tapenade

Spicy Olive Tapenade | My Halal Kitchen

Appetizer aren’t just for entertaining guests. I’ve come to learn that keeping homemade appetizers around my house is a great way to eat healthy by avoiding eating outside, eating junk food or not eating until one is ravished with hunger at the dinner table- not pretty. We definitely want to avoid that. Read More »

A Sicilian Cooking Class: Comfort Food For Everyone

oh sicily

Last month I traveled to Cleveland to teach a cooking class for a group of young women, some of whom I met nearly ten years ago when I lived there. It was a nice blend of catching up with how everyone’s lives have evolved, as well as meeting some new friends who I hope to meet again. I was asked ... Read More »

Pink Pasta: Penne with Swiss Chard and Beet Leaves

Penne Pasta with Swiss Chard and Beet Leaves | My Halal Kitchen

I didn’t intentionally set out to make pink pasta; it just happened as a result of my love affair with seasonal produce like swiss chard and beets, both of which were plentiful at the farmers market last weekend where I organized a Culinary Tour of the Green City Market here in Chicago. And then it occured to me that October is National Breast Cancer ... Read More »

Caprese Salad with Parsley

not so caprese 600

Caprese Salad is a somewhat Italian-American dish since it has increased so much in popularity in recent years. More and more people know what fresh mozzarella looks like and even prefer the boccancini, or the small fresh mozzarella balls, to processed and tasteless shredded ‘mozzarella’ cheese. I grew up on variations of Insalata Caprese. Caprese means of the isle of Capri, which is ... Read More »

The Importance of Suhoor & a Recipe for Parmesan-Feta Quiche

parmesan and feta quiche cut to 600

Everyone is talking about this year’s daily fasts in Ramadan being so long because sunset (the time when the fast is broken) will come a little after 8pm here in Chicago. It’s also a hot summer season. Very hot. Fasting isn’t meant to be perfectly easy or else how could we savor the reward of building self-discipline? It’s also not ... Read More »

Cooking Class: Sicilian Dinner Party

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One Saturday morning last month I conducted a cooking class for the winners of an auction at the Stars for Hope event back in January of this year. The auction item they bid for and won was a basket of MHK products combined with an in-home cooking class that I would eventually teach in their home. I’ve also taught this same ... Read More »

How to Make Homemade Bread Crumbs

Rustic Bread for Bread Crumbs

I love recipes that recycle and re-use foods that are beyond comfortable consumption but  just need to be broken down a bit in order to be perfectly good again. I think that’s the case with blessed bread and all the blessings that come with extending food to serve more purpose than throwing it away as soon as we think we’ve ... 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 »

Roasted Pepper Frittata

red pepper frittata

Talk about a quick dinner- and yes, frittatas make great quick and nutritious dinners. Just take it from the rural Italians who live on such rustic, satisfying food. I roasted my peppers ahead of time, but you can easily purchase peppers in glass jars from most grocery stores How to Roast Peppers Peppers of all kinds can be fire roasted in a ... Read More »