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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

creme fraiche 375

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 »

Chicken Pot Pie in Phyllo Dough

Chicken Pot Pie in Phyllo Dough | My Halal Kitchen

Many American kids like myself grew up eating chicken pot pies at some point during their childhood, whether homemade or store-bought and frozen. I used to love them because they smelled delicious, were very filling and simply reminiscent of simple comfort food. I haven’t made chicken pot pies in years and recently have been craving this type of food, but I didn’t have ... Read More »

A Recipe for Spring: Asparagus Burgers

Asparagus Burgers Recipe | My Halal Kitchen

Sunday we took a trip out to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, just to capture the budding spring flowers on trees and, of course, the beautiful, colorful tulips. We also saw asparagus, which reminded me of my mom’s recipe for asparagus burgers, which is one of my favorite dishes.  Here’s the beautiful purple asparagus plant I spotted on our last leg of ... Read More »

The Spanish Tortilla

Spanish Tortilla | My Halal Kitchen

Among Mexicans and many Americans, the word ‘tortilla’ is commonly understood to be the type of corn or flour-based flat bread used to fill with things like rice, beans and meat. In Spain, however, ‘tortilla’ is more of a thick egg omelet, sometimes filled with things like shredded chicken and served as an appetizer or a sandwich on thick and ... 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 »