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Sun-Dried Tomato & Cheese Appetizers

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Ever been in a pinch for a quick appetizer or dish to take to an event or someone’s home? I had a meeting over with the awesome folks at Crescent Foods and decided I wanted to bring something. Last time it was my banana blueberry loaf, but this time I wanted to bring someting savory so I decided on this super ... Read More »

Chicken Parmesan for Two

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There’s just two of us at home for dinner on most nights, unless we have guests.  With guests dinner just instantly doubles or quadruples and I can make great use out of larger pots and pans.  So, because of the clean up involved, on most nights it’s a pain to use big, oversized dishes when I only need just a small pan ... Read More »

Superbowl Foods

Football Party Sub Sandwiches

I’m not the biggest football fan in the world. Actually, I really don’t understand the rules of the game. I know what a touchdown and a field goal is, but that’s about it. All the other things the players do to bring each other down is just one big question mark in my head.  I’m ok with that- I prefer to ... Read More »

Zucchini & Walnut Dip

Zucchini Walnut Dip | My Halal Kitchen

One of my dearest friends now lives far away from me, across the country. We stay in touch when we can and pick up our conversations where we left off the last time. What’s so wonderful about this friendship is the feeling that no matter how much time or physical space between us, there is a bond of deep and ... Read More »

Chile Relleno Tacos at Las Asadas

Inside Chile Relleno Taco | Las Asadas Mexican Restaurant

I absolutely love Mexican food.  Having lived and studied in Mexico during my college days and since traveled to both the Yucatan Peninsula and the Jalisco area since those times, I’ve really experienced a great variety of Mexican cuisine. Each region has such a diverse culinary culture- the coastal areas are naturally endowed with the freshest fish; inland there are more meat, cheese and ... Read More »

Top Chef Contestant Malika Ameen Talks to My Halal Kitchen

Malike Ameen

It isn’t every day that you get to ‘meet’ a pastry chef like Malika Ameen. If you don’t know her already, here’s a great chance to get acquainted with one of the country’s finest culinary professionals–and we’re fortunate enough to have her right here with us in Chicago. Even if you’ve seen her as a contestant on Top Chef: Just ... Read More »

Super Quick Guacamole or Avocado Spread

Quick Guacamole

I use avocadoes for a lot of things: sandwiches, homemade beauty care (it’s the best facial ingredient ever) and more. But, most people know avocadoes as the main ingredient in guacamole. In fact, some people (I’ve heard them say) confuse avocadoes with guacamole- in other words, they don’t really realize the main ingredient in guacamole is actually a fruit by ... Read More »

Cooking Video with Halal Healthy | Making Baked Phyllo with Sauteed Mushrooms and Goat Cheese

Over the summer during the ISNA convention in Chicago I was invited by Don Tymchuck, Founder and President of Med-Diet Laboratories, Inc. to conduct cooking demonstrations at his company’s Halal Healthy booth. Halal Healthy is a division of Med-Diet , selling halal products such as entrees, seasonings and 7-day care packs for those who may not have time or the ability to cook ... Read More »

Homemade Yogurt Cheese

homemade labneh

When I began this blog, one of the first recipes I shared with everyone was for homemade yogurt. If you have a yogurt maker, the recipe is ideal for going beyond yogurt to making yogurt cheese, commonly known as labneh in the Middle East. If you don’t want to make it yourself,  just start out with a good quality store-bought yogurt. Labneh is wonderful as a spread or dip any ... Read More »

Stuffed Chayote with Carne Molida | Caribbean Squash with Ground Beef

Chayote | Caribbean Squash

How do you decide which recipes to make daily or on special occasions? What sparks your interest? A good photo? A mouth-watering description in a cookbook? The smell of a particular food coming from a neighbor’s house? A memory of someone? For me, it’s usually a little bit of each, but this time tidbits of stories about my abuelita {grandmother} motivated me to hunt down chayote {a Caribbean ... Read More »