By Meal

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 »

Chez Colette and Breakfast Eggs with Smoked Salmon

On a cold, blustery winter day in search of some comfort food in a warm setting, we trekked out to a French-American restaurant called Chez Colette.  Actually, anything would have been warmer than outside at that time, but this place was especially inviting. Conveniently located inside the Sofitel Hotel in Rosemont, IL near Chicago’s O’Hare airport and the Rosemont Convention ... Read More »

Italian Herb-Stuffed Mushrooms

Fresh Mushrooms

My family has been making stuffed mushrooms since I can remember eating savory foods. They look tedious to make, but I promise you they are super simple. I only cut off the stem to use in the stuffing, not the core of the mushroom. I think it makes the recipe easier, less messy and I don’t have to worry about ... Read More »

A Chocolate Drink Three Ways

Mexican Hot Chocolate

One of the first pages I opened in the book Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé, written by Dorie Greenspan, was a recipe for Hot Chocolate with Coffee. On a cold early morning when you need caffeine, but also realize it’s the ‘season’ for hot chocolate, what couldn’t be better? One look at the recipe and I found my groggy self ... Read More »

Homemade Banana Pudding

If you’re a regular reader of My Halal Kitchen, you probably know that I keep frozen bananas in my refrigerator at all times- not because I necessarily must have a stash on hand, but because we just normally don’t eat them fast enough. When they’re mature- just beginning to brown- I throw them in the freezer and save for some ... Read More »

Swedish Crab Canapes

Snails and Real Crab Meat

Ok, I know I’m really pushing this whole Scandinavian food thing here. Most people weren’t really turned on to the Norwegian Veal Scallops in Cream Sauce. Why? I have no idea, because when you actually try them you’ll truly enjoy veal in a whole new way you’ve not probably tried before. Open minds and open taste buds are critical aspects ... Read More »

Chocolate Bread Recipe & A Bit About Chocolate Liquor

Several weeks ago I took a chocolate tasting class taught by my friend, chocolatier and author, Annmarie Kostyk. I didn’t really know what to expect exactly, but I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I actually learned about eating chocolate for good health. I just have to share it here with all of you! I arrived at Le Flour, ... Read More »

At The Martha Stewart Show 1st Annual Pie Bake-Off

It’s been several weeks since I’ve returned from New York City and the Martha Stewart Pie Show. I still feel elated by just being there, as it was truly one of the most exciting things a foodie like myself could ever be invited to attend.   The moment I received the invitation to bring my own homemade pie to be judged by some of ... Read More »

Open-Faced Apple Tart & How My Halal Kitchen Was Born

I’ve had the fortune of being asked to contribute to some wonderful projects & work with some very talented people in the last couple of months.  I wanted to share with all of you readers a couple of pieces that were published on the website, Muslim Voices: Voices and Visions of Islam from a Global Perspective. One of our dessert recipes ... Read More »

Learn Your Chocolate

The Chocolate Lover

  The Chocolate Lovers’ Guide and Tasting Journal is a non-fiction book combining the fundamentals of chocolate including types of chocolate, varieties of chocolate, storing chocolate, tasting chocolate and your impressions, and a place to record your chocolate’s history and tasting as well as saving your chocolate’s wrapper.  It is a device to record your journey through your chocolate world ... Read More »