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“Food, Faith & Culture” on CBS is Now Online- and Take a Look At Our Day Spent Filming

Many of you have already heard about the recent airing of the CBS program, “Food, Faith & Culture” of which I was honored to be included in as it highlighted the influence of faith and culture on food. The program, produced by Liz Kineke of CBS Religion & Culture, covered a kosher restaurant in Brooklyn that’s setting the standards for modern kosher cooking, a langar kitchen (free for everyone) in a Sikh community, and halal food and cooking by following moi around for the day. I’ll show you a glimpse below…

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A Sicilian Cooking Class: Comfort Food For Everyone

Last month I traveled to Cleveland to teach a cooking class for a group of young women, some of whom I met nearly ten years ago when I lived there. It was a nice blend of catching up with how everyone’s lives have evolved, as well as meeting some new friends who I hope to meet again.

I was asked to come and teach a class on Sicilian cooking, something the ladies had chosen collectively as a cuisine they wanted to learn more about. I set up the kitchen with some Sicilian pantry goods like candies and dried fruits and opened up our class with a short lesson on the geographic location of this Mediterranean island where my grandparents were born, raised and lived until they emigrated to America in the 1950s.

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Halal Nutrition Workshops with IFANCA

I’m really excited to announce my collaboration with IFANCA to bring the local Chicago community a series of hour-long workshops  in 2012 on eating halal and healthy. We’re teaming up to take some important information on the road: sourcing halal ingredients, what foods are most nutritious, how to read product labels and a quick and healthy recipe demonstrated live. Find out more by scrolling down.

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I’ll be working with Asma Ahad, Food Scientist with IFANCA, during the series. Maria Omar, coordinator of the series, will be tweeting during each event using the hashtag #halalnutrition. Follow IFANCA on Twitter as well as My Halal Kitchen.

 

 

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Compassionate Care Network’s Weight Management Workshops

For the past year or so, I’ve been giving lectures on eating real {halal} food and how to shop for and prepare these foods at weight management workshops sponsored by the Compassionate Care Network. CCN is a Chicago-based non-profit organization that offers medical care to the uninsured, but also offers additional free services to the local community … Read more

Clean Your Kitchen Green- My New Book is Coming Soon!

I’m so excited to be able to talk about my new pocket-size book on green cleaning! After numerous edits and an incredibly patient and talented designer, it’s finally at the printer doing its first run in print format. For those of you who purchased my Spring Cleaning E-book in the past, this is a much more … Read more

Edible Gardening Resources

Yesterday I aired a segment on my blog talk radio program called Organic Edible Gardening, where I gave 30 minutes of tips on what you need to think about and know in order to prepare, plant and maintain your own edible garden space, big or small. As promised during the program, I’m providing a list … Read more

Hummus Cups

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks around here. I’ve been visiting farmers’ markets everywhere I can here in Chicago and back home in Ohio. Did you see all the lovely produce I was able to capture? Needless to say, I’ve been busy with travel, family and my work here in and on My Halal Kitchen. I’ve met some wonderful people and gotten to know about … Read more

Halal Food is Good for Everyone: A Live Web Chat

I hope you’ll join me for something quite exciting- my first ever web chat, today at 2pm CST on the blog, Muslim Voices. You can go directly to the site link and join in on the conversation. Ask your questions, give your feedback or just follow the conversation until you feel ready to comment. I’ll be … Read more

Halal Kitchen Demos at the ISNA Convention: All Four Recipes

The ISNA Convention is over and I’m still reflecting on the wonderful experience it was.  I’m simply amazed by the level of interest and excitment everyone had for My Halal Kitchen. We set up shop at the Crescent Foods and Halal Healthy booths to conduct four total cooking demonstrations and to promote the halal recipes on this site, as well as sell our custom embroidered aprons. We gave away our signature measuring spoons, MHK recipe cards and the recipes I developed for the grilled chicken samples.

I met so many wonderful, happy and friendly people who stopped by to say salaam and were intrigued by what we were cooking up. I guess that’s what happens around food! It was so much fun to see people mesmerized by the fresh herbs decorating our demo table. They wanted to smell the rosemary, touch the thyme, and study the marjoram they’d never seen fresh before. Needless to say, we now have hundreds more subscribers to the site, growing our online community of halal foodies right here at my halal kitchen! (Scroll down to get links to the recipes demonstrated at ISNA)

MHK Measuring Spoons: Tablespoon on one end; Teaspoon on the other


Grilled chicken recipes demonstrated at the Crescent Foods booth

Day 1: Mediterranean Spiced Grilled Chicken 

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