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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Add sour cream and butter

I can’t remember the last time we had mashed potatoes from a box. Just the thought of it brings to mind the empty feeling I get from any foods that are simply a semblance of real food. I know it’s convenient, economical and sometimes the only option for people, but perhaps if we looked to our grandparents and those before ... Read More »

Creamy Zucchini & Potato Soup

Potato and Zucchini Soup

I absolutely love, love, love this soup. I’ve been told it’s like a broccoli cheddar soup without the broccoli or the cheddar. I think my guests are referring to the texture, which is thick and creamy, made possible by the starch in the golden and silky Yukon potatoes that are used here. Of course the half and half adds a ... Read More »

Nut-Filled Dates with Melted Chocolate

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I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified products. These uber delicious Medjool dates stuffed with almonds and topped with melted chocolate and pistachios are just just one of ... Read More »

Crunchy Party Mix

Snack Mix

I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified products. This snack mix, which is great fpr parties, is just one of four I’ll be making and our audience tasting ... Read More »

Flatbread Triangles with Cheese and Fresh Veggies

Flatbread

I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified products. These flatbread triangles, great kid-friendly snack, is just one of four I’ll be making and our audience tasting at each workshop. If ... Read More »

Cucumber, Red Onion, and Avocado Salad

Cucumber, Red Onion, and Avocado Salad | My Halal Kitchen

 At the time I made this recipe, it still felt like summer. Two short days later, it feels like we skipped right to Autumn and possibly on the verge of winter. Oh well, I’ll eat avocados at any time of year and when mixed with cucumbers and red onions, it reminds me of summer days. At least the cucumbers I’ve ... Read More »

Stewing Summer Vegetables

Stewed Zucchini & Tomatoes | My Halal Kitchen

This isn’t really a formal recipe post but more of a suggestion for what you can do with summer veggies- stew them in herbs, oil and their own wonderful juices. Read on to find out how. Use a large saute pan to heat some oil, then add freshly cut vegetables such as zucchini, other types of squash, tomatoes, beans and garlic. ... Read More »

Summer Eggplant Soup

Summer Eggplant Soup | My Halal Kitchen

Do people ever question certain foods you like to eat or drink in the summer? Not the winter, but just the hot summer time. They might say things like,  ‘How can you eat that (insert said food/drink) when it’s so hot outside?”  No one ever really questions you when you have a big bowl of ice cream in the dead of winter, ... Read More »

Beet, Apple and Orange Juice Recipe

Fresh Beets at the Green City Market, Chicago

I’m simply amazed at how much everyone absolutely loved this ever so simple recipe for fresh beet juice, made with only three (four if you include water) ingredients. It is the simplest drink recipe to make and so good for you. See the recipe below. Read More »

Kathy Hester’s Indian Yogurt Salad

yogurt salad with pita

Kathy Hester is a food blogger and the author of some really great cookbooks that I’m happy to know about and have on my bookshelf because they demonstrate wonderful ways to substitute meat when you want to or you have to, for one reason or another. We met briefly at the Eat Write Retreat in Washington, D.C. a couple of years ago and later ... Read More »