Dessert

Fruit Kebobs

There is nothing more refreshing to me on a hut summer day than cold, cold watermelon. Pineapple is great, too. So are melons! I just love them all and I love them cold. I made these kebobs because not only did I have a lot of fruit from my foray at the grocery store that morning, but I also wanted ... Read More »

Unique Ice Cream Flavors Hit the Spot

I know, I’ve already posted about my gelato fix more than once this month,  but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell you about my favorite ice cream place close to home. We try to take all our out-of-town guests here for a treat of unique ice cream flavors made daily with fresh, all natural ingredients. Rainforest Crunch: creamy vanilla with acai berry ... Read More »

Chicago French Market

When you live in a big city like I do, it doesn’t mean you always get a chance to see the touristy spots like visitors usually do. We are busy on weekends, working during the week and so most of the time the only real excuse we give ourselves to enjoy Chicago is when family or friends come to visit. ... Read More »

How to Make Creme Fraiche

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Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while probably already know that I have a pure affinity for crème frâiche, or French style cream. If you haven’t tried it before, I urge you to begin with this recipe or even a store-bought one to lure you into the wonderful ways it can enhance the flavors of ... Read More »

Chocolate Velvet Cake

This week I’ve been testing recipes for good old-fashioned (halal) southern food. It’s a fun and tasty job, but not always so easy. This cake, for example, was almost eaten up entirely before a single photo was taken! I devoured the cookbook, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea, by Martha Hall Foose. She writes a loving memoir of southern cooking and recipes- you’ll want ... Read More »

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

As promised, I’ve put together the recipe for the Chocolate Banana Bread I demonstrated at last week’s Baking Demo in Naperville, IL. At the demo, I discussed baking tips and halal substitutes for particular baking ingredients, which you can find a summary of on one of my previous posts. To the demo I also brought samples of my Banana Blueberry Loaf and Cranberry & White Chocolate Mini ... Read More »

Cranberry & White Chocolate Mini Muffins

I offered samples of these muffins to those who attended the My Halal Kitchen Baking Demo for a Sunday school just a couple of days ago. I was demonstrating how versatile the batter for my Banana Blueberry Loaf can be just by substituting a few ingredients and changing up the presentation. The base is the same, so you can rest assured ... Read More »

And the Winner Is…

The My Halal Kitchen Nutella Recipe Contest has chosen a winning recipe! It was fun testing all of your submissions, so I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who took the time to choose a recipe and send it in to us. Your time and effort is very much noticed and appreciated. The winning recipe was a NutelLava Cup, ... Read More »

City Hall Bake Shop: Home of “Cake Boss”

Italian Flag Cookies by Cake Boss

  Many visitors to Manhattan miss out on the great opportunity to visit nearby Hoboken, NJ.  I have done the same on past trips to The Big Apple, but my most recent trip afforded me the great pleasure and impetus to try visiting the bustling bakery of Buddy Valastro (a.k.a. “Cake Boss”) and his family. Cake Boss is a reality ... Read More »

A Nutella Recipe Contest For You

  This is a recipe contest I’m really excited about! For those who aren’t familiar with Nutella, it’s a perfectly creamy, nutty, Italian chocolate-hazelnut spread. In fact, it’s the chocolate-hazelnut spread. My Nonna (Sicilian grandmother) used to give it to us kids as a snack, smothered all over plain, untoasted, soft, American bread. We would fold the bread in half ... Read More »