Vegetarian

Homemade Pizza

Cuisinart Cast Iron Pizza Pan

  Homemade Pizza. It’s by far my #1 favorite food. Anything with cheese. Anything with bread. When you combine the two, you have my undivided attention. I grew up on my Sicilian grandmother’s homemade pizza. With homemade sauce. She would make pizza on the days she was making her homemade bread. The whole family would gather in the evening just 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 »

Feta & Avocado Sandwich + A Recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise

Feta & Avocado Sandwich + A Recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise | My Halal Kitchen

Everyone has some sort of comfort food. Some people love cakes for soothing comfort; others love chicken noodle soup or a hearty chili.  For me, it’s always a sandwich: thick bread, a bit of mayo and mustard, and always some sort of cheese- extra cheese. Recently, I spent over a month in Cleveland with my family. After a few days there, ... Read More »

Vegetable & Basil Penne Pasta

Basil and vegetables  Penne

I’m often asked by readers to provide quick and easy meals for busy families. To be quite honest, I’m really not a cook who goes out of her way to make most things, so quick and easy is my preferred style. I don’ t have the time or the desire (usually) to complicate my life by running back and forth ... Read More »

How to Make Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin Puree | My Halal Kitchen

Are you tired of pumpkin from a can? I most certainly am. I know it’s not the worst thing in the world, especially when there are some really good organic varieties out there, but I’d much rather have the fresh alternative without any hint of aluminum taste in the pumpkin. This is definitely the season for pumpkins- not just for ... Read More »

Butternut Squash Soup

Finished Butternut Squash Soup

It’s amazing to think that a vegetable such as the butternut squash, so hard on the outside, can actually be broken into and puréed down to something as fine as a soup. subhanallah. Choose those with firm exteriors and no sign of bruising. They are a bit tough to chop, but that’s a good sign. You don’t want to start ... Read More »

Okra, South Indian Style

Curried Okra, South Indian Style

This recipe was given to me by a dear college friend, a Malaysian woman smarter than just about anyone I know. I think she was engineering student by day and master chef by night. She’s the one who introduced me to cooking with things like coconut milk, peanut oil and lots of cilantro. And wok cooking. I was fascinated by ... Read More »

Savory Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritter | My Halal Kitchen

At the end of every summer, it’s easy to take the plethora of zucchini and other types of summer squash for granted. In my experience, people are trying to give it away because they have so much, and if they can’t give it to you as-is, they’ll try to give it to you in the form of zucchini bread! This ... Read More »

Peppers & Tomatoes Stuffed with Couscous…and a Drizzle of Lemon Olive Oil

Pre-Cooked Peppers

It’s a common Mediterranean and Middle Eastern culinary habit to stuff vegetables with a variety of grains such as rice or couscous as well as ground meats or nuts like pistachios. That said, this dish is amazingly versatile. If you don’t have peppers, you can substitute zucchinis or eggplants instead; if you don’t have couscous, try cooked rice or meat ... Read More »