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Bruschetta with Tomatoes, Garlic and Cheese

Bruschetta with Brown Tomatoes, Garlic and Cheese

Finger foods aren’t just for parties. When it’s really hot outside, I don’t like to get too complicated in the kitchen. When it’s cold outside, I like comfort food. Bread and cheese fit in both of these categories, so here comes my recipe for simple Bruschetta, or Italian toasts. They can be made on the grill if you don’t want to ... Read More »

Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables | My Halal Kitchen

A day in the life of recipe testing goes a lot like this: Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables  Read More »

Chicken Sausages with Heirloom Tomatoes

Chicken Sausages with Heirloom Tomatoes | My Halal Kitchen

On a recent trip to our local butcher, I inquired about the homemade merguez they always used to have on hand. He said they weren’t making any more of it because folks weren’t buying much of it, for some reason. Read More »

Arugula and White Cheddar Frittata

Arugula and Cheddar for Frittata

During my college years, I had a small patch of land in my back yard and would often make nice homemade meals for my younger cousin who lived in the dorms. Coming from Sicily just a few years earlier and craving a taste of home, she was so excited to see that there was an opportunity to have some freshly grown ... Read More »

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

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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 »

Chorizo and Eggs

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It's been more than ten years since I've eaten chorizo, a type of Spanish sausage spiced with flavors like paprika which gives it an orange color. The reason I haven't had it in so many years is because it's mostly made with pork. Read More »

Caprese Salad with Parsley

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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

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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 »