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Just Add Dates

Add chopped dates

One of the easiest things  you can do to a salad to spruce it up is to add something surprisingly sweet. I love chopped dates in my salads, especially around the end of summer and early fall when things like pears and apples are in season. They pair so beautifully with the chewy sweetness of dates and are delicious topped with a ... Read More »

Super Quick Chicken Marinade

super quick chicken marinade

We’re all getting back to a more ‘normal’ routine after the month of fasting in Ramadan, which in my house actually means more cooking- or at least more need to be prepared for three meals a day instead of 1.5, as at least either our Iftar or Suhoor doesn’t take up a lot of our stomach space by the end ... Read More »

How to Wash Mushrooms

how to properly wash mushrooms

In the wonderful summer season, don’t you crave grilled everything? Grilled meats, grilled vegetables, grilled fruit? There are so many interesting things to choose from at this time of year, and of course before cooking any of it, each one has to be washed properly- especially those that carry a lot of dirt. Mushrooms are that kind of food. When you ... Read More »

Make Ramadan Colorful on a Budget

colorful-plates1

Whatever our budget, there’s always a way to put color into your Summer (or Winter- for our friends halfway across the world) Ramadan. Whether you’r eating indoors or out, look for things like these wicker plate holders, which can be found in bright colors or you can paint yourself. It makes for a fun and festive table, visually appealing to ... Read More »

Prep Scrambled Egg & Omelette Mixtures the Night Before Suhoor

scrambled eggs mix

Who doesn’t need to save extra time in the morning for Suhoor or breakfast on any regular day? Precious minutes add up quickly, so one of the easiest things you can do is prepare scrambled eggs the night before. To a bowl, add the amount of eggs desired plus any other ingredients. I like to add salt and pepper,  fresh ... Read More »

How to Ripen Fresh Barhi Dates

fresh barhi dates

During Ramadan, we all love our dates so much and typically lean towards the Medjool and Deglet Noor variety. Barhi dates such as those shown in the picture, are a special and very seasonal breed found available at many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean markets. This Ramadan, you may catch a glimpse of them and if you do, grab them and ... Read More »

Freeze Delicate Herbs in Olive Oil

preserve fresh herbs in olive oil

 Beautiful and fragrant fresh herbs like rosemary, and basil do well by preserving them in olive oil and freezing. Use an ice cube tray for this purpose. Wash and dry herbs thoroughly, as leaving them wet will result in soggy and discolored herbs. Fill an ice cube tray with about one teaspoon of freshly chopped herbs. Pour olive oil on ... Read More »

How to Make Quick & Warm Salad Dressing

Tip of the Day | Salad Oil

When you make a nice batch of eggs or meat in olive oil or butter, but don’t use up all the oil then it’s a really good thing to use up quickly in salad. You can deglaze the pan with some vinegar or something acidic like lemon juice and then pour the warm combo over salad greens. This is a common practice ... Read More »

How to Re-Use Pistachio Shells

How to Re-Use Pistachio Shells

Once you’ve had your healthy dose of pistachios for the day, don’t throw out those precious shells! If you’re gardening on a small or large scale, you can use the shells to provide great soil drainage. No need to grind, just place at the bottom of the inside of the pot before adding dirty and they replace pebbles and other ... Read More »

Tips For Baking Perfectly Every Time

Baking Perfectly Every Time | My Halal Kitchen

Most people love to eat homemade baked goods, but if you aren’t the one making those goodies, the work involved in order to get things just right often goes unnoticed. Numerous factors affect baking results, so much so that books have been written on the subject and Pastry Chefs have studied the science behind every imaginable scenario For example, because ... Read More »