Fruits

Fruit Chaat

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The perfect starter to a Ramadan Iftar meal, this deliciously-spiced fruit salad recipe was submitted by reader Shazia Wahid. From experience, I know it tastes just as good as it looks and it’s the quintessential dish to appear at an Indo-Pakistani Iftar table during Ramadan.   Fruit ChaatBy Yvonne Maffei Published: July 17, 2013Yield: 4 cups (4 Servings)Prep: 15 minsA ... Read More »

Lime Chicken Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

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When I went to Irvine, CA last April for Sameer’s Eats Halal Food Tour, Lime Chicken Tacos was one of the recipes on the menu that I demonstrated. I made a quick tomatillo salsa (salsa verde) to go with it. Sameer got a try and so did a few fortunate halal foodies out there in the audience. It was so much fun- I need to dig out those ... Read More »

Sauteed Bananas Over Pound Cake: A Winning Recipe!

Sauteed Bananas Over Pound Cake | My Halal Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago, I was part of a Culinary Challenge at the Muslim Women’s Alliance Annual Celebration Luncheon where three Muslim women were honored for their service to humanity. Each gave heartfelt speeches about their work and really touched everyone who listened- there were lots of tears in the crowd, to say the least. One of the women receiving an ... Read More »

Cooking Video: Apple & Acorn Squash Soup

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This is by far one of my absolute favorite Fall soups. I look forward to it every year because it utilizes fresh, seasonal and local ingredients for us here in the Midwest, but wherever you are, you can try it with your own similar local ingredients, too.  This video explains how to make it and my preference for Saffron Road’s ... Read More »

Stuffed Figs with Yogurt Cheese & Topped with Honey, Almonds and Walnuts

Stuffed Figs with Creme Fraiche, Honey & Almonds | My Halal Kitchen

I never used to proclaim a favorite season, mainly because  to me, all seasons without extreme temperatures are beautiful in and of themselves. Each one has something special about it and something I attach to it, whether it’s food, activity or travel-related. I’ve noticed, however, that year after year the one time I have come to appreciate most is the ... Read More »

How to Cut an Avocado

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Have you ever really just wondered if there was a super quick and mess-free way to dig into an avocado, particularly the part where you grab the seed out with a knife like all the really cool chefs do on The Food Network? Well, I’ve had a lot of practice, being married to a man who is half Mexican- one ... Read More »

Mission Fig Jam

Mission Fig Jam | My Halal Kitchen

Fig season is one of my favorite times of year. It reminds me that the Fall season is soon on its way, that the intensity of the summer heat is over {usually} and it’s almost time to wrap myself up in a comfy sweater and curl up with a good book food magazine. It’s not dark very early or very ... Read More »

Michael Natkin and the Herbivoracious Cookbook Giveaway

Herbivoracious by Michael Natkin | My Halal Kitchen

Several months ago I attended the Eat Write Retreat event for food writers and bloggers, which took place in Washington, D.C. It was a weekend filled with discussions and a chance to meet some very interesting people in the food industry.  Cookbook author Michael Natkin was one of those people. He talked about the process of writing Herbivoracious, an incredibly ... Read More »

5 Steps to a Great Fruit Salad

5 Steps To A Great Fruit Salad | My Halal Kitchen

Ramadan + summer= a great time for fresh and delicious fruit salads. Believe it or not, there is a way to make fruits salads even better, particularly when they’re part of the Iftar (breaking of the fast) part of the sunset meal and need to be made ahead of time for guests. Fresh fruit salad paired with Saffron Road’s new ... Read More »

Ruby Red Grapefruit & Blood Orange Juice

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One of the ways I try  improve my overall health is by making fresh juice most mornings and sometimes again later in the evenings for a refreshing drink.  Right now (winter season), grapefruits and oranges are at their best so they are absolutely delicious and juicy. My favorites are the ruby red grapefruits and blood oranges, which are almsot the same ... Read More »