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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 »

Reader Q & A: How to Make Perfect Mechoui (Roasted Lamb)

MHK Reader's Mechoui Lamb

I recently received this series of questions from a reader who wrote in to ask how to make her mechoui (roasted lamb) dish turn out great. She was making it for an Iftar and was really interested in getting the advice pronto. Here’s how it went down- take a look at the results she shared!    ​Reader Question: “Salaam, I want ... Read More »

Start Eco-Friendly Kitchen Compost Bins

compost materials

This Ramadan is a great time to get eco-friendly or rev up your already environmentally-consciousness mindset by saving all fruit and vegetable scraps, eggs shells, tea bags, and coffee grounds…to make compost.  You can get a small bucket with a tight-fitting lid and keep the scraps somewhere that makes it easy for you to move to your compost bin. If ... Read More »

Remove Stubborn Food Remnants From Pans With Just Two Simple Ingredients

This is how I remove stubborn food remnants from my pans (aluminum or stainless steel): 1) sprinkle the area with baking soda; 2) spray or pour vinegar on top, then watch it fizzle (my favorite part); 3) Let sit 5 min., or more for really tough stains); 4) Scrub off w/ a little water + sponge. Repeat if you don’t ... Read More »

9 Easy Things You Could Be Doing Right Now to Get Ready for Ramadan Cooking

very chopped ingredients

Caution ahead: There’s a lot of chopping on this list, so let’s talk about what can get chopped away first. And yes, it is easy to do a little extra when you’re already chopping at mealtime now, anyway. If not, set aside a little time over the weekend or on a weeknight after dinner.  CHOPPING Chop away, it’s good therapy. Trust ... Read More »

Freezing Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce Cubes | My Halal Kitchen

I always get pretty large jars of tomato sauce, yes mostly because I’m Italian and grew up with it as a staple ingredient- we put it in just about everything  we make.  I’ve noticed over the years that I use it in almost all of the other types of dishes I make, too. It seems as though just about everyone I know loves tomatoes, ... Read More »

Ramadan Tips from My Halal Kitchen [VIDEO]

ramadan tips from my halal kitchen

This video was prepared in 2012, but I don’t recall whether or not I shared it recently, so I thought it was worth a re-post. Enjoy!   Read More »

Lamb Steaks: The Overlooked Cut of Meat

lamb steak

Gorgeous lamb steaks are all I need to get my mind racing about the multitude of ways I can serve them up, but they do seem rare to find, perhaps because they’re not often requested by customers.  All you have to do is ask your butcher ahead of time and it shouldn’t be a problem for him to cut and ... Read More »

Quick Tip: How to Cook a Pot Roast

How to Cook a Pot Roast

To make a pot roast, you will need a boneless cut of beef that’s commonly referred to as chuck roast, pot roast (top blade) or rump roast. Approximately 5 pounds will make a nice roast and serve 6-8 people (thinly sliced). I like to cook it slowly with vegetables like carrots, onions and potatoes in a Dutch oven, as this braising method is great ... Read More »

How to Prevent Food From Sticking to a Pan

salt the pan

If you don’t own a non-stick pan, you don’t have to go out and buy one to prevent food from sticking to it. You can make any sort of stainless steel pan non-stick by covering the surface with salt (preferably a coarse salt) then proceeding with your cooking fat, then then the items you want to sauté.  Just use the ... Read More »