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On Being Half Sicilian

box of sicilian tomatoes

It’s so important to appreciate and respect our family roots, no matter how old we are or well-traveled or educated. One always comes full circle in when you’re able to understand at least a little something about our grandparents, great-grandparents and beyond them. What where their struggles? What were their professions? How did they live, what did they eat? What ... Read More »

5 Inexpensive Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without This Winter

Olive Tree Soap Company Organic Argan Oil

We are all pretty well aware that this has been our coldest winter or record. Polar Vortex, ChiBeria, Snowmageddon, whatever you call it, it doesn’t look like we’ll be forgetting this one any time soon.  As we remain warm and comfortable (alhamdullilah) in our homes to ride out the cold wave, each time I look down to my red, dry ... Read More »

Surviving Chiberia

tall trees in winter

Most of the world now knows how incredibly and inhumanely cold it is here in Chicagoland and by the time this post is published, there have been countless articles and photos posted around the web about our insanely freezing temperatures. At the time of writing, we are way beyond negative temperatures but the real feel is even more so. I ... Read More »

My Interview with Golden Room (UK Website)

Printscreen Goldenroom

Recently I was interviewed via Skype by a British woman named Dr. W.J. Tuinstra who resides just north of London. She is the Editor in Chief of Goldenroom, an Online Journal for Cross Cultural Relations, and wanted to talk to me about how I started My Halal Kitchen and why. I love this topic and any opportunity to talk about things ... Read More »

Cooking On the Farm with Saffron Road’s New Halal Lamb Broth + a Giveaway

lamb broth

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw some of my snapshots last month where I traveled to an Elkhort, Wisconsin farm to conduct a cooking demo for the Chicago-based halal meat supplier Whole Earth Meats. The event was called “Eid on the Farm” and it was a unique opportunity for families could come to enjoy the scenery, food ... Read More »

Eid on the Farm with Whole Earth Meats

whole-earth-meats-farm-picnic-event-04

Please join me this Saturday, October 19 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin as I perform a LIVE cooking demo for a spectacular and unique event organized by Whole Earth Meats, a Chicago-based artisanal meat company who provides fresh organic meats. Those who attend will learn more about how dhabiha halal beef, lamb and goat are raised and brought to the table- ... Read More »

A Fascinating Glimpse at the Crescent Foods Plant Tour

workers on production line

Growing up in small-town Ohio I had a lot of opportunities to see how things were made, whether they were apples into apple cider at the local orchard, fruits into jam at a small nearby farm or potatoes into potato chips at the area’s largest food factory, it was all part of the things kids did on a field trip ... Read More »

Your Peek at The Summer Ramadan Cooking Chicago Cookbook Tour (Video Trailer)

CookBook Tour 2013

I have FREE tour events going on this June- be sure to tell your friends, register and come to one near you! Read More »

2nd Cookbook Tour Stop Takes Us to the Chicago Suburbs

We’re in Glendale Heights, IL and heights we reached! Perdesi Grocers took on the second stop of the Summer Ramadan Cooking cookbook tour, with a colorful audience! From aunties to newlyweds to grandmothers, tiny tots with sticky mango juice hands in tow, the crowd gathered around a cozy corner of taco salad, alcohol-free sangria, and watermelon coolers. There was talk ... Read More »

The First Summer Ramadan Cooking Chicago Cookbook Tour Stop

Starting at IFS

Eager eyes, chattering moms, and a delectable arrangement of lemons, watermelons, and garnish greeted attendees of the Summer Ramadan Cooking cookbook tour at Islamic Foundation in Villa Park. On the way in, the first 25 people received reusable swag baskets filled with goodies from our sponsors such as Crescent Foods, Taaza2U, Midamar Halal, Calphalon and Guidance Residential. In Rachel Ray ... Read More »