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Summer Squash Soup

I’m a huge fan of a hearty bowl of soup. I love to select, chop and see the change in texture of fresh, seasonal vegetables as I take them from market to my favorite Dutch oven. I love the smells that permeate my home from the dried or fresh herbs I’ve added. I love that soup can feed many people just by adding a little water and a few more herbs, a pinch of salt. There’s indeed much blessing in that.

Not everyone shares  my same passion for soup. There are a few around here that simply want a cup, not a bowl, of soup. They want to save room for meat, rice, pasta or anything else but all that hot liquid. Especially in the very hot summer.

During Ramadan, however, I get my way.

Soup is an amazing type of food to have when beginning the iftar (breaking of the fast) meal because it helps to acclimate the body to food after such a long period of not eating. We enjoy it after we break our initial fast with dates and water or juice, pray the maghrib (sunset) prayer and return to the table to begin the meal.

I enjoy soup even on hot summer days, though you can make any type of vegetable soup and eat it cool instead of hot. During Ramadan when we need extra hydration to keep us going throughout the fasting hours, it helps to have vegetables like squash which hold a lot of water and pass that on to us when we eat them.

Another quite important thing about soup is the grand opportunity to put calcium into your body. Did you know that animal bones provide an incredible amount of much-needed calcium to us when we cook with them? Add a little vinegar to the pot and it helps to leach out even more calcium from the bones.

Our dilemma as halal consumers is that it’s usually hard to find a healthy ready-made broth that we know is halal and made from animals that were treated and processed humanely.  I’ve personally spent hours toiling in the kitchen to make the perfect chicken stock, fish stock, beef stock, lamb stock, duck stock simply because it’s a rare opportunity to have halal broth made rich with halal gelatin for our meals. I love to do it myself, but like so many other busy people, it’s a rare occurrence to have that much time on my hands.

In comes Saffron Road.

You may be thinking that it’s all I’ve been talking about lately, but there’s a reason for that. I’m truly supportive not only of the quality halal products they’re providing to the halal consumer, they’re providing products that anyone who wants to feel good about what they eat can actually enjoy.

I’ll go into more detail about these broths later in the month, but for now I’ll leave you with one of my favorite summer soup recipes and a chance to win big from Whole Foods and Saffron Road.

 

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Summer Squash & Mediterranean Herb Soup

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

4 yellow squash, unpeeled and roughly chopped

4 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 cup carrot puree

salt, to taste

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram

3 cups Saffron Road Traditional Chicken Broth

3 cups water

2 cups shredded cabbage

Directions for Carrot Puree

You can puree any amount of carrots that you like. I prefer to get an extra large bag of them and process all at once since the puree freezes so well.

Steam or gently boil the carrots until soft in the center, which you can detect by poking with a fork.

Allow to cool, then place in a blender or food processor with just enough water (about 1/2- 1 cup for a bag of 24 carrots) to loosen up the contents enough for the blender to work.

Freeze the puree , unseasoned,  in freezer bags or jars and use to add to stews, rice dishes, soup or even smoothies.

Directions for Soup

In a large, heavy bottom pot or a Dutch oven, heat the olive oil gently over medium heat. Add the onions and stir until translucent, but not brown.

Increase the heat and add the cut squash and proceed to brown slightly. Add the garlic.

Add the carrot puree and stir until well-blended. Add the salt, pepper and spices and then immediately add the broth and water to the pot. Stir so that all the contents can cook evenly.

Add the cabbage and bring the pot to a boil, then quickly reduce the heat again to a medium-low simmer.

Cover and cook for 40 minutes or until all of the cabbage and the skins of the squash are completely tender.

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Fresh Turmeric | Halal Pantry | My Halal Kitchen

Fresh Turmeric: What it Looks Like and How to Use It

Most of us who venture into the world of Indian cooking (outside of India) are introduced to the spice turmeric in its ...

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A Simple Way to Change the Face of Your Refrigerator

A couple of weeks ago when my husband was away for a few days, I ...

Turkey Burgers with Feta | My Halal Kitchen

Turkey Burgers Stuffed with Feta

Considering the beautiful weather we’ve been having lately (strange, isn’t it?), this recipe for Turkey ...

Copper Pots | My Halal Kitchen - Cleaning

How to Clean Copper Pots

I don’t have many copper pots in my kitchen- in fact, I have just two ...

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My Favorite Products for Nurturing Winter Skin

Dry winter skin is the worst and after living much of my life in cold ...

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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 ...

Crescent Foods in a Chicagoland Grocery Store

Ahmad Adam, The Entrepreneur Behind Halal Chicken at Crescent Foods

Chances are, if you live somewhere in the U.S. and you seek out halal food ...

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Ruby Red Grapefruit & Blood Orange Juice

One of the ways I try  improve my overall health is by making fresh juice most ...

Tuna Pasta with Capers, Olives & Tomatoes

Tuna Pasta with Olives, Capers & Tomatoes

This is a great weekend dish- really healthy, light, and super quick to make. The ...

In the Kitchen with Noor Kids | My Halal Kitchen

In the Kitchen With Noor Kids Children’s Books

Have you ever thought about what you would look like if someone attempted to sketch you and ...

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Saffron Road’s New Line of Vegeterian Entrees

You may have already heard about Saffron Road’s new vegetarian entrees, which are making quite a ...

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Citrus Presses

Most of us don’t think about having citrus fruits in the winter as eating seasonally, but the ...

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Halal Pepperoni Pizza Bread

I love Fridays and for some reason I’m always craving pizza on Friday evenings. Maybe ...

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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 ...

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Chocolate 101

Last year I had the great pleasure of meeting Chicago-based chocolatier, Uzma Sharif, and tasting her ...

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5 Tips for Eating Well During Tough Economic Times

tIt’s no secret that many people are suffering right now as a result of unemployment, ...

Dates and Cream for Iftar

A Quick Guide to Dates & How to Store Them

Our latest guest post is by Nadia Hubbi, Founder & CEO of Sweet Pillar & ...

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Nudo Italian Products Giveaway

Nudo brand Italian olive oils and products are close to my heart because of the interesting concept ...

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The ‘Cook What You’ve Got’ Challenge

Many of you already know that recently I’ve moved- within Chicago but still across town ...

Fish Sticks | My Halal Kitchen

Homemade Fish Sticks

I was never a fan of frozen food as a kid. I could always tell ...

Blue Corn for Microwave Popcorn | My Halal Kitchen

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

I recently heard that it was possible to make microwaved popcorn without buying bags of pre-seasoned, ...

Where Will You Shop for Your Next Kitchen Makeover | My Halal Kitchen

Where Will You Go Shopping For Your Next Kitchen Makeover?

It’s all over the television and online news and buzzing around in the world of social ...

Mina Harissa Giveaway | My Halal Kitchen

CLOSED: Spice Up Your Life with this Harissa Giveaway!

Have you ever had harissa, that hot and spicy condiment made red by combining chili peppers, ...

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What if You Were Accidentally Served Pork?

I recently read a story on The Daily Meal that summarized a situation where the guests at ...

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Winners Paying it Forward

Recently My Halal Kitchen posted a giveway for Door to Door Organics produce and we ...

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Oven-Roasted Vegetables

I can’t think of a more perfect fast food dish that’s homemade and healthy. Roasted ...

Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin Coconut Oil Giveaway

Have you ever cooked with coconut oil? Ever used it on your skin? Until a ...

Introducing My Halal Kitchen by Video

I have been so eager to share this video with you! It was intricately prepared ...

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Honey as an Endangered Food Source

I wrote an extensive article about how important and endangered our honeybees and our honey ...

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3 Simple Steps to Eating Quality Food on a Budget

While a health movement has swept the nation, inspiring people to eat organic products and ...

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The AMCC: An Important Halal Industry Conference

Several weeks ago, I attended the American Muslim Consumer Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey. ...

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Fresh Organic Produce Straight to Your Door– Enter the Giveaway!

After recent holidays like ‘Eid ul Adha and Thanksgiving, everyone is tired- tired of shopping, ...

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Lamb Stew with Pumpkin, Plantain, Sweet Potato and Chickpeas

When we look through recipes online or in magazines, what really prompts us to go ...

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Roasted Pumpkin

If there’s ever one recipe that will help create even more recipes, it’s those for ...

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Oven Roasted Lamb Chops

I don’t normally set out to by lamb chops, but instead I wait for the ...

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‘Eid Mubarak! How We Celebrated ‘Eid ul Adha

‘Eid Mubarak to all of my readers who celebrate this holiday! I hope you’re enjoying ...

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The Many Varieties of Traditional ‘Eid Foods

Muslims all over the world will soon be celebrating the ‘Eid ul Adha, or the ...

Two Easy Eid Appetizers | My Halal Kitchen

2 Easy Dips for ‘Eid Appetizers: Chipotle Dipping Sauce and Yogurt Dip with Fresh Greens

Whether you’re planning an ‘Eid celebration at home or bringing a dish to your host, ...

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CLOSED: Patchi Chocolate Giveaway for ‘Eid ul Adha

Chocolate is among the world’s favorite foods. We are inundated with a variety of brands ...

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Hajj Season and Preparing for an ‘Eid ul Adha Celebration

The annual pilgrimage to Mecca, or the Hajj, is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for the Muslim ...

Cherry Galette

Super Quick Cherry Galette

Let’s face it- we’re all busy. We want to eat healthy and watch the ingredients ...

Penne Pasta with Swiss Chard and Beet Leaves | My Halal Kitchen

Pink Pasta: Penne with Swiss Chard and Beet Leaves

I didn’t intentionally set out to make pink pasta; it just happened as a result ...

The Skinless Project Conference | My Halal Kitchen

The Skinless Project Conference

Last weekend I had the wonderful blessing of being able to attend The Skinless Project ...

How to Join a CSA | My Halal Kitchen

How to Find and Join a CSA

I just published a post about where raw milk comes from and what I went throug ...

How We Get Raw Milk | My Halal Kitchen

How We Get Raw Milk

By now, most of my family, friends and fellow comrades on Facebook and Twitter know ...

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French Beans with Garlic, Cumin and Toasted Sesame

French green beans are one of my favorite side dishes. They’re light, go well with ...

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Chorizo and Eggs

It's been more than ten years since I've eaten chorizo, a type of Spanish sausage spiced with flavors like paprika which gives it an orange color. The reason I haven't had it in so many years is because it's mostly made with pork.

Mary Nolan of Bon Appetit | My Halal Kitchen

My Interview of Mary Nolan, Chef de Cuisine at Bon Appétit Magazine

I recently attended the Chicago Gourmet event right here in the Windy City, though on ...

Breakfast at Kingsbury Cafe Chicago | My Halal Kitchen

Breakfast at Kingsbury Street Cafe

restaurant Sunday morning is a great time to have breakfast out with the family, but ...

Bon Appetit at Chicago Gourmet | My Halal Kitchen

Bon Appétit Magazine Presented Chicago Gourmet

Last Saturday morning I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Gourmet event in Chicago’s Millenium Park. You ...

San Diego Farmers Markets | My Halal Kitchen

Two San Diego Area Farmers Markets and Vintage Shops Nearby

During my trip to San Diego last May, I shared many of my culinary and ...

Heirloom Tomato Salad | My Halal Kitchen

Heirloom Tomato & Chickpea Salad

I wanted to share this recipe with you before it gets too late to use ...

How to Preserve Fresh Parsley | My Halal Kitchen

How to Preserve Fresh Summer Parsley

It’s always been intriguing to me that despite how often our weather fluctuates, many of ...

Francis Hardy Art Gallery in Ephraim, WI

Cherries and Sunsets on a Wisconsin Peninsula

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a spontaneous trip, one that’s planned the ...

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‘Eid Cupcakes with Vanilla Orange Mascarpone Frosting

It’s hard to believe that Ramadan is over and we’re now celebrating ‘Eid-ul-Fitr, the three-day ...

Cuban Potluck Iftar Party

Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Buttermilk Dressing

Potluck parties are nice, but just the word ‘potluck’ is a bit unappealing to some ...

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Ricotta Pie

The last ten days of Ramadan are upon us and it’s a special time for ...

Date & Walnut Tart | My Halal Kitchen

Date and Walnut Tart

Dates are also the perfect baking fruit- they freeze well, they don’t make your baking ...

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Homemade Chappati

I’ve been really blessed to meet so many amazing people since I started this blog. People are ...

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Caprese Salad with Parsley

Caprese Salad is a somewhat Italian-American dish since it has increased so much in popularity in ...

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Cherry-Strawberry Frozen Juice

Contrary to what might be popular belief, not every Muslim family is a large one. ...

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The Importance of Suhoor & a Recipe for Parmesan-Feta Quiche

Everyone is talking about this year’s daily fasts in Ramadan being so long because sunset ...

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Chilaquiles

I love to use leftovers at any meal, and suhoor (the pre-dawn meal eaten before ...

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Welcome, Ramadan!

Ramadan Mubarak!  Yesterday was the first full day of fasting for us here in Chicago. We ...

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Let Your Freezer Help You This Ramadan

Freezers are sometimes the most underutilized kitchen appliance in American homes. They tend to be ...

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Tabbouleh (Parlsey & Bulghur Salad)

Tabbouleh, or Parsley Salad, is one of those dishes just packed with nutrition: high fiber ...

Ramadan Menu Day by Day 2011

4 Tips to Organize Your Ramadan Cooking

Ramadan is such a great time to get your home organized. Actually, for me all ...

Freezing Basil | My Halal Kitchen

How to Preserve Fresh Basil

It’s that time of year here in the Midwest of the U.S. and everywhere there ...

Five of My Favorite Useful Things | My Halal Kitchen

5 of My New Favorite Things for the Kitchen

I’ve been gifted a few things recently that I love so much and really want to share ...

Rustic Bread for Bread Crumbs

How to Make Homemade Bread Crumbs

I love recipes that recycle and re-use foods that are beyond comfortable consumption but  just ...

Peach Lemonade | My Halal Kitchen

Peach Lemonade Slush

Lately it’s been so hot outside that I have been craving some really fruity and ...

4 Steps to Quick Apricot Jam

Quick Apricot Jam

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been a sort of lazy cook recently. ...

Zucchini, Yogurt and Basil

Sauteed Zucchini with Yogurt & Basil

Our garden zucchini isn’t ready yet, but our basil plant is quite full and the ...

Spring 2011 Edible Garden

Gearing Up for Ramadan and the Winner of our Chocolate Uzma Giveaway

It’s been a busy week here at home and in the kitchen. I recently returned ...

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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! ...

Black Bean Dip | My Halal Kitchen

Five Layer Black Bean Dip + Homemade Tortilla Chip Recipes

This morning I had the great honor of being able to show young junior high ...

5 Things to Know Before Opening a Halal Restaurant | My Halal Kitchen

5 Important Things to Do Before Opening a Halal Restaurant

I’ve recently seen friends of mine open up {halal} restaurants and for many years considered opening ...

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Meet Halal Advocates

If you’re interested at all in the world of halal certification, or simply finding out ...

Oven Roasted Tomatoes | My Halal Kitchen

Oven Roasted Tomatoes

Tomatoes may not be summer-ready here in the Midwest, but there’s no shortage of beautiful ...

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Sauteed Spinach with Garlic

Spinach is that quintessential health food. We know it’s good for us, but how often ...

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Roasted Pepper Frittata

Talk about a quick dinner- and yes, frittatas make great quick and nutritious dinners. Just take it ...

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Three-Cheese Baked Pasta

Pasta is such a quick, easy and filling dinner meal. This recipe only requires a ...

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Churros & Chocolate at Xoco

I’ve wanted to come to this restaurant ever since I first heard of its opening ...

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Edible Gardening Resources

Yesterday I aired a segment on my blog talk radio program called Organic Edible Gardening, ...

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Sally Fallon Morell and Nourishing Traditions (Part 2)

This post is a continuation of my previous post about Sally Fallon and her work ...

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Sally Fallon Morell and Nourishing Traditions

If you haven’t heard about the work of Sally Fallon Morell, President of the Weston ...

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How to Make a Hand-Crafted Serving Tray

Although I haven’t talked about it much on this blog, I really am a lover of ...

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Green City Chicago Indoor Farmers Market

Most people don’t think there’s much to buy from a farmers market in the winter– ...

Chicken Soup with Cabbage and Sweet Potatoes | My Halal Kitchen

Chicken Soup with Cabbage & Sweet Potatoes

One of the reasons this soup is so delicious is because it creates a rich ...

Family Farmed Expo

Family Farmed Expo in Chicago

I have to admit, I’ve been really glued to the television and any news media ...

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Sun-Dried Tomato & Cheese Appetizers

Ever been in a pinch for a quick appetizer or dish to take to an ...

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Green Deen Book Giveaway!

If you haven’t heard of Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet or the ...

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Snow in Arizona

Everyone around here is more than ready for spring– tired of seeing snow and of the ...

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Chicken Parmesan for Two

There’s just two of us at home for dinner on most nights, unless we have ...

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Homemade Pizza

  Homemade Pizza. It’s by far my #1 favorite food. Anything with cheese. Anything with bread. ...

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5 Simple Ways to Get Your Gardening Groove On

Here in the Midwest, much like other parts of the country we’re experiencing a complete ...

Zucchini Walnut Dip | My Halal Kitchen

Zucchini & Walnut Dip

One of my dearest friends now lives far away from me, across the country. We ...

Inside Chile Relleno Taco | Las Asadas Mexican Restaurant

Chile Relleno Tacos at Las Asadas

I absolutely love Mexican food.  Having lived and studied in Mexico during my college days and ...

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Top Chef Contestant Malika Ameen Talks to My Halal Kitchen

It isn’t every day that you get to ‘meet’ a pastry chef like Malika Ameen. ...

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Super Quick Guacamole or Avocado Spread

I use avocadoes for a lot of things: sandwiches, homemade beauty care (it’s the best ...

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

Feta, Avocado & Homemade Mayonnaise Torta

Everyone has some sort of comfort food. Some people love cakes for soothing comfort; others ...

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Homemade Yogurt Cheese

When I began this blog, one of the first recipes I shared with everyone was ...

Chayote | Caribbean Squash

Stuffed Chayote with Carne Molida | Caribbean Squash with Ground Beef

How do you decide which recipes to make daily or on special occasions? What sparks your ...

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Vintage Kitchen Finds

I’m just crazy over vintage kitchen things. Though I’m not too fond of gadgets that clutter ...

Chicken Breast with Colorful Peppers and Lemons

Food Styling for a Halal Ad Campaign by IFANCA

I can’t tell you all how excited I am to finally be able to talk ...

Pumpkin Pie Not From a Can | My Halal Kitchen

Pumpkin Pie Not From a Can

I could eat Pumpkin Pie any time of year. It just so happens that because ...

Paglicacci Tomato Paste

How to Preserve Canned Tomato Paste Once It’s Opened

Do you ever open up a can of tomato paste for just one tablespoon required ...

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Vegetable & Basil Penne Pasta

I’m often asked by readers to provide quick and easy meals for busy families. To ...

Coconut & Chocolate Macaroons

‘Eid Mubarak to all of you and your families! What are you doing to celebrate ...

Pumpkin Puree | My Halal Kitchen

How to Make Pumpkin Puree

Are you tired of pumpkin from a can? I most certainly am. I know it’s ...

Handmade Moroccan Candles

Chocolate Mousse Cups | ‘Eid Bazaar Baking

I had the great fortune of being able to do a little baking for a ...

Brussels Sprouts and Corn

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts and Corn

Right now, it’s Brussels sprouts season and you can find them fresh at many local ...

Fish Tacos at Roberto

Good Eats in San Diego

We recently had a wonderful five day trip to one of my favorite places- San ...

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Easy Appetizer: Egg Salad and Baby Shrimp on Toast

If you’ve already got egg salad on hand, this is a super quick appetizer to ...

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Egg Salad

Once you’ve got a great recipe for egg salad, there’s so much you can do ...

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Butternut Squash Soup

It’s amazing to think that a vegetable such as the butternut squash, so hard on ...

French Toast

Multigrain French Toast

Weekend mornings may be the default, albeit traditional time to make griddled things like pancakes and waffles, but this ...

Curried Okra, South Indian Style

Okra, South Indian Style

This recipe was given to me by a dear college friend, a Malaysian woman smarter ...

Hummus Cups Your Guests Will Love

Hummus Cups

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks around here. I’ve been visiting farmers’ markets everywhere I can here ...

Fall Gourds at the Green City Market

Chicago’s Green City Market and Roasted Chestnuts Recipe

Saturday was a crisp fall morning perfect for heading out to any farmers’ market, even ...

Dwarf Pear Tree in A Neighbor

Organic Ohio: Seasonal Salsa, Sicilian Swiss Chard and More

Going back to Ohio this year at the cusp of summer’s end and the start ...

Zucchini Fritter | My Halal Kitchen

Savory Zucchini Fritters

At the end of every summer, it’s easy to take the plethora of zucchini and ...

Ohio Markets

Culinary Delights at Northeast Ohio Farmers’ Markets

This year during my stay in Ohio I tried to visit as many farmers’ markets and ...

Pickling Peppers

Quick Pickled Peppers

I’ve been really enjoying my time in Ohio among all the backyard gardeners in my ...

Halal in Cleveland- Sahara Supermarket

Halal in Cleveland

For a city not ranked as one of the largest in the U.S., Cleveland has ...

Italian Lamb with Peppers

Italian Lamb Stew

‘Eid Mubarak to you and your families! May all your fasts and prayers be accepted.  We’ve fasted ...

Paula Wolfert

Paula Wolfert’s Recipe for Anatolian Purslane, Lamb and Lentil Stew

Paula Wolfert, an expert in Moroccan cooking and the award-winning author of cookbooks about Moroccan and Mediterranean ...

Tangy Lime and Sumac Summer Salad

Tangy Lime & Sumac Summer Salad

While still experiencing the heat of the summer, it’s always nice to have a refreshing, ...

How to Roast Garlic | My Halal Kitchen

How to Roast Garlic

Raw garlic is a bit…raw. And Strong. Don’t get me wrong, I love garlic. Maybe too ...

Pre-Cooked Peppers

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

It’s a common Mediterranean and Middle Eastern culinary habit to stuff vegetables with a variety ...

Paella

A Spanish Iftar

My friends and I decided to get together for an Iftar (breaking of the fast ...

Breakfast Eggs in Phyllo Cups

Baked Phyllo Shells with Scrambled Eggs: An Easy Suhoor

What an easy recipe for suhoor (pre-dawn meal before fasting) for your family or for large ...

Cows, Sheep in Ohio

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 ...

Dates & Cream Iftar

Ramadan Mubarak! Muslims all over the world are embarking on another blessed month of fasting from ...

The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Talking Iftar On the Kojo Nnamdi Show, American University Radio

Last week was an incredibly busy and productive week, alhamdullilah. For starters, I saw the ...

Blueberry Paleta

Blueberry Paletas

If you live in Chicago, Los Angeles, anywhere in Mexico or near a large Mexican ...

Summer Guava Drink

I grew up drinking guava nectar, my first real introduction being rare, but exciting trips ...

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Caramel Sesame Candy

Though I’m not particularly a fan of candy, I do love anything with sesames seeds or honey. ...

Sour Cherry Syrup & Flavored Yogurt

Have you heard about all of the wild things they put in good old fashioned ...

10 Tips to Keep You Efficient in the Kitchen During Ramadan

Efficiency & productivity in the kitchen is a skill that can always be improved upon. During Ramadan, ...

Creme Fraiche, Figs and Honey

Honey is one of my absolute favorite food and health items.  I don’t consider it as ...

How to Dry Citrus Peels | My Halal Kitchen

How to Dry Citrus Peels

Whether you have tons of lemons and limes around or just a few, it’s easy ...

Lemon-Lime Granita

With so much produce left over from the cooking demonstrations I conducted at the ISNA ...

Restaurant Tortellini

Is it Halal? How to Figure Out What’s In Ethnic & American Foods

Based on my own experience with a variety of world cultures and foreign languages, trying ...

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My Interview with Jules Dervaes of The Path to Freedom: The Modern Urban Homestead

Many of you who follow this blog or actively participate on the MHK Facebook Page probably remember ...

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.  ...

Rice Paper Rolls with Mango & Shrimp Stuffing and Orange-Lime Asian Sauce for Dipping

This recipe is unbelievably simple and there’s absolutely no cooking involved- a perfect crowd pleaser for ...

Mediterranean Spiced Grilled Chicken

This is such a quick summer dish. Use herbs that are ready for picking, which come perfectly ...

Citrus-Herb Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps With Tomatoes & Feta

                  There’s nothing more enjoyable in the summer than ...

Baked Phyllo Cups with Sauteed Mushrooms & Warmed Goat Cheese

These appetizers are so tasty it’s hard to eat just one. Your guests will probably ...

Farmer’s Market Salad

Strolling through the farmer’s market on a humid summer morning is enough inspiration to seek ...

Quinoa with Swiss Chard, Garlic & Tomatoes

I went out to my balcony garden and found the swiss chard growing towards the ...

Everything You Could Want

Shop the My Halal Kitchen Amazon Store for all of your Cooking & Gardening Supplies

I know this isn’t the best time to ask anyone to part with their hard-earned ...

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If You’re really Into Molecular Gastronomy…or Don’t Even Know What It Is

Check out this site by Martin Lersch about molecular gastronomy and the science of cooking. ...

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My Cactus Plant is Flowering! And I Don’t Live in the Desert…

  I’m not only amazed by the fact that my cactus is growing and thriving ...

Fruit Kebobs

There is nothing more refreshing to me on a hut summer day than cold, cold ...

Insalata Caprese (Tomato and Mozzarella Salad)

The summer season is when I truly crave this dish because it reminds me of ...

My Strawberries

My (Edible) Balcony Garden

  Many of my family members and members of  our Facebook page have been asking me ...

Summer Mediterranean Salad with Citrus, Dates & Nasturtium Flowers

  I’ve taken an unexpected break from blogging, partially by choice and partially not. I’ve been developing ...

Mango Salsa | Yvonne Maffei, My Halal Kitchen Recipes

Hangar Steak with Mango Salsa

A great summer dish to leave you satisfied and refreshed all at once this hangar steak ...

Honeydew Melon Cooler | My Halal Kitchen

Honeydew Melon Cooler

It sure is hot. Humid, too. I’ve found the perfect way to cool off without ...

Cherry Tomato and Sharp Cheddar Cheese Quiche

One of my favorite things about pie crust is that it’s so versatile once you ...

Unique Ice Cream Flavors Hit the Spot

I know, I’ve already posted about my gelato fix more than once this month,  but I just couldn’t ...

Chicago French Market

When you live in a big city like I do, it doesn’t mean you always ...

Chocolate Velvet Cake

This week I’ve been testing recipes for good old-fashioned (halal) southern food. It’s a fun and tasty ...

Food Pics Spring 127

Eco-Friendly Gardening: Growing Seedlings in Eggshells

I decided to go very green while balcony gardening this year. I didn't want to invest in more clay or even plastic pots because I know I have some around here in storage and I don't need any more. Besides, I'd read somewhere that you can actually grow seedlings in eggshells. Could it work?

Chicken Pot Pie in Phyllo Dough | My Halal Kitchen

Chicken Pot Pie in Phyllo Dough

Many American kids like myself grew up eating chicken pot pies at some point during ...

A Staycation at the Chicago Botanic Garden

  One of the joys of living near a big city, in my opinion, are ...

Asparagus Burgers Recipe | My Halal Kitchen

A Recipe for Spring: Asparagus Burgers

Sunday we took a trip out to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, just to capture the ...

Earth Day and Reflections on “The Cove” Documentary

April 22 is designated as Earth Day. We know as Muslims that every day should ...

Cherry Tomatoes from Coloma, Michigan | Yvonne Maffe, My Halal Kitchen

A Food Revolution for Muslims

You don’t have to be a medical expert to notice that among the Muslim community ...

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

As promised, I’ve put together the recipe for the Chocolate Banana Bread I demonstrated at last week’s ...

Cranberry & White Chocolate Mini Muffins

I offered samples of these muffins to those who attended the My Halal Kitchen Baking ...

53rd and 6th Halal Cart

A NYC Halal Cart Known By Its Street Address

I’ve been to New York City many times as a tourist and have even stopped just ...

Udhiyah Lamb & Lentil Stew

I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to cook the freshest lamb possible, something we ...

At The Martha Stewart Show 1st Annual Pie Bake-Off

It’s been several weeks since I’ve returned from New York City and the Martha Stewart Pie Show. ...

Butter-Basted Roast Chicken

‘Eid Mubarak to everyone reading & subscribing to My Halal Kitchen.  May you all have ...

Radicchio

Baked Radicchio

Radicchio (pronounced ra-dee-kee-yo) is a leafy Italian vegetable mostly available in the fall seasons. It’s ...

Health & Wellness Workshop for Women & Girls

On November 15, 2009, a workshop empowering Muslim women and girls to make healthy choices ...

Penne Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce

Penne Pasta with Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce

One of the best things about large squash such as pumpkin is that since they ...

Amish Country: Holmes County, Ohio

I had an incredible time visiting my family this summer in Ohio. Among those fond ...

Fettucine with Simple Caper-Bechamel Sauce

This sauce is a delicious classic with subtle, yet flavorful additions that pair beautifully with ...

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Tomato & Roasted Pepper Soup

These cold fall days seem darker, windier, and overall just more like winter than fall. A good ...

Salted Squash Seeds

Oven-Roasted Acorn Squash Seeds

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49 comments

  1. I love Saffron Road’s availability and ease to the consumer while providing halal and quality ingredients.

  2. I love that Saffron Road has created prepared Halal meal options that are certified humane and 100% natural! You don’t find qualities like that in MAJORITY of frozen meals..and I think not one can be found in the limited halal frozen meals that exist. Knowing that the meat is vegetarian-fed and antibiotic free makes me feel confident in the brand. Also knowing that Saffron Road supports the natural food movement makes me immensely happy since they have strong ideals – which makes me believe that they won’t skimp on quality in their product.

  3. I am so excited that Saffron Road is making Halal broth. I love making chicken noodles soup but before I would have to get extra chicken to make sure I had enough broth. Now I can just pick up a package of there broth. I love adding fresh veggies in with my chicken and noodles. I love the convenience of Saffron Road after a long day of fasting if we don’t feel like cooking we don’t have to. Thanks to Saffron Road. Another big convenience is if we wake up late we don’t have to worry, we have already made meals in the freeze. All we have to do is warm them up and you can warm up some bread to eat with it while the food is warming is. Last year waking up late meant not eating till sun down but this year even with 10 minutes left we still have time to eat. Lets face it sometimes us women don’t want to cook and now we don’t have to we have already made meals that are halal available for us now.

  4. I am impressed that the company supports family farms. As a farmers daughter, that is not something seen often enough.

  5. Saffron Road products are unique in every way –

    1. As we all know, not all frozen products take such keen measures in quality control as saffron road which is why many health-watchers do not opt for frozen foods but the stringent measures taken by Saffron Road clearly show that they ‘care’ about us.

    2. I adore the fact that Saffron Road treats its livestock humanely. I have watched so many videos that show how ruthlessly the poor livestock is treated and left suffering in cages.

    3. Another quality I adore is the fact that the livestock is raised on vegetarian food and without antibiotics. It is of utmost importance that we know what ‘goes in’ and what doesn’t in the meat we consume.

    4. Their meals cater to people from all cultures and tastes and I am sure with more entrees to come they will cover up all the delicacies that are enjoyed in the world. It is also worth mentioning that their Indian entrees are gluten-free.

    5. I had also read that Saffron Road supports family owned farms and local growers which clearly shows their support for the community as well.

    To crunch it down, Saffron Road has gone way beyond any other frozen brand in every aspect right from how the livestock is treated, what it is fed, quality of the ingredients used, catering to different spice levels for each consumer and ofcourse making halal a ‘next-door’ thing. They have shown interest in each step from raising livestock until the very attractive packaging!

    Saffron Road without a doubt cares about it’s consumers and that’s the quality we consumers look for. I wish them success is all their future endeavors.

  6. After having been more aware about the food industry and now having started my own family, I have for some time been struggling to find the right balance when it comes to taste, good organic quality and off course halal. Saffron Road has been the answer for my family!

  7. I wasn’t aware of Saffron Road food until Whole Foods’s halal promotions this month. Now, I absolutely love the brand – Saffron Road supports local & family farms, makes organic food, and the food is halal! Ethical consumerism is very important to me, & I have yet to find any other brand that does all of these things. Now I have an option that is very accessible.

  8. What I like most about Saffron Road products is that they provide healthy, quality, delicious meal options for those who appreciate the convenience of frozen prepared foods, as I do! 🙂 Saffron Road products are so much better for everyone’s health than typical frozen meals. I also like that they raise awareness of the meaning and importance of “certified halal cuisine,” and are making it more available and accessible.

  9. I recently discovered, from a post on Facebook from Adnan Durrani (CEO of Saffron Road) that they not only ensure the animals are hand-slaughtered but they adhere to all the aspects of halal/zabiha. Most Muslims tend to forget that halal/zabiha extends well beyond just hand-slaughtering the animal and saying the tasmiya and takbir – it also incorporates how the animals are raised, cared for, and fed. Following the sunnah is very important to our family and it’s refreshing when a company makes a concerted effort to also follow the sunnah and not just their bottom line!

  10. Three words: “Certified Halal Cuisine”. What more could I ask for, Alhamdulillah! 🙂

  11. Wow! I just love squash. Never tried this brand before. I bet it is good. I would like to try it sometime.

  12. Gelatin has always been a problem for my family, so I’m thrilled to hear about Saffron Road’s halal broths. I’ll keep an eye out for it in our local co-op. Thanks for telling us all about these cool products. Ramadan Kareem. 🙂

  13. Wow! Can’t wait to pick this up and use in my cooking. Ramadan Mubarak!

  14. Finally, halal and healthy, in a box!

  15. How exciting to finally have halal chicken broth! this will definitely save me time from having to make my own 🙂

  16. Like MKH I love SOUP! Unfortunately most recipes call for broths and I get frustrated as there is no halal broth available. I am so excited to hear about the Saffron road making halal broth along with the fact that it is available at Whole Foods means it must be made from pure ingredients with no fillers etc. cant wait to try it!

  17. I like that Saffron Road is Halal for my family and has gluten-free options for my daughter. That combination is hard to find!

  18. I like that Saffron Road humanely raises their chicken without antibiotics.

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  19. Halal chicken broth??? FINALLY!!!! I’ve been making everything with veg broth and its just not the same!

  20. I love that I can get easy Halal foods and now ingredients where I already shop weekly. A blessing!

  21. I love that they make international food easy and attainable for the newbie cooks.

  22. As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,

    I love that Saffron Road is setting the bar high when it comes to halal by using meat from animals that are pastured, 100% vegetarian fed, and raised without antibiotics. A rare gem in the world of halal food. And they are currently on sale at my local Whole Foods alhamdulillah.

  23. Salaamz,

    This topic is really personal for me because I started eating Halal like three years ago. Basically it has been challenging to know exactly what type of life style the animal has lead; so when you have a product like Saffron Road that is (*Gluten Free, *Certified Humane+Vegetarian Fed Chicken, *All Natural, *Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics) its really wonderful & a true blessing Alhumdullilah.
    By the way I was in Whole Foods today, lol; I picked up a two boxes of Saffron Roads Chicken Bites & Tandoori Chicken Nuggets:) this will be my first time buying this product. The Quality looks great. Mash’Allah

  24. I just came to know about Saffron Road products. Very interesting.

  25. As Salaamu Alaikum,

    My husband and I recently made a trip to Whole foods specifically for the Saffron Road frozen meals. We were very very pleased with what we tried so far, the quality is excellent. I’m very excited to go back in order to try their chicken broth.

    Can I still be entered into the Giveaway even though I have decided against having a Facebook account, and therefore cannot “Like” either Whole Foods or Saffron Road?

  26. I love the variety Saffrod Road has to offer — so many options, professional and healthy! Love the recipe posted will have to try soon!

  27. I have never had Saffron Road products or even walked into a Whole Foods market (as it is farther than the local store) but I support them both in their efforts to provide products that support the health (both physical and spiritual) & well-being of their community. I keep entering because I think it would be the excuse I need to convince my family to go. When the friend who introduced me to Islam asked if I would ever become Muslim I remember telling her that if I did I would be all the way or not at all. Many, many years later I would take shahadah and with it the hijab with no second thought or reservations. This also included eating halal and so when my family realized I would not eat meat unless it was halal that is when we began shopping at our local halal meat store because as I said…”Halal means it is good for everyone!” :O) Now I am on a big health kick and losing weight for my health (I have lowered my high BP significantly). Insha-allah, hopefully each success in my health goals will also inspire my family as well and get us one step closer to becoming Whole Foods & Saffron Road consumers. Shukran for all your wonderful posts and work in the community Yvonne. You keep us informed and inspired!

  28. I tried Saffron Road for the first time two nights ago–the lamb stew and couscous. Several years ago I was in Morocco and the family of a friend prepared this meal for me…I was transported to that moment: the lamb hanging in the kitchen, the smell of the stew, how the women rolled the couscous into balls in their hands. Who knew one could get so romantic over a frozen dinner? And better yet: natural and healthy. Shukran!

  29. Ramadan Mubarak! I love that Saffron Road is making Halal food more mainstream in the natural foods market. It’s about time people realize the healthy benefits of Halal food. 🙂

  30. I love the variety. I’m not just eating halal chicken tikka masala but pad thai and lemongrass basil chicken. And the food quality is outstanding – I don’t do frozen food but this I will do !

  31. Thank You Saffron Road for making Halal sound so sophisticated!! I love that Saffron Road will make it that much easier to buy great-quality halal food!! Looking forward to “Whole Food-ing” Ramadan 2011!!

  32. I love the having access to Halal broths and other halal entrees is just great. With 3 kids in the house I love keeping these on hand for quick meals.

  33. I love Saffron Road’s commitment to a green balance; healthy, sustainable food and regard for animals and the environment. It’s a win for everyone!

  34. Thank you for leaving such wonderful comments- please pass on this giveaway to your family and friends, as well!

  35. So excited to see halal frozen entrees in the mainstream grocery stores:-) The variety and quality is fantastic and am excited to see the broths and nuggets for quick and easy cooking. Thank you Saffron Food!

  36. Ahhh I love Saffron Road! Cannot wait to try this soup…

  37. Hi! I just discovered your blog. Please enter me in the contest to win coupons
    for Saffron Road products at Whole Foods. My husband is disabled and on a fixed
    income, and I work part-time as a home health nurse aide. We love Whole Foods
    and sampling all sorts of foods, and we love lamb! Thank you for your Whole
    Foods blog; we have to drive 30+ miles to get to Whole Foods in Austin. We are
    not Muslim, but we respect all religions.

  38. I love Saffron Road frozen meals–I just bought four of them from Whole Foods today and I’m heating one up right now! After I switched to eating halal-only meat, this was so exciting to discover. Now I can have my chicken tikka masala or biryani again without having to go very far to find a halal version!

  39. Salaams,
    As a warning to those who may have to travel a distance to get to a Whole Foods, you might want to call them first to see what or how many Saffron Road products they are carrying. I stopped at my local Whole Foods yesterday, where I had already bought frozen meals, and couldn’t find the broths. When I asked at the service desk they said they didn’t carry the broths currently and it was unlikely they would start.

  40. My husband and I have tried many eating lifestyles due to our concern for the well-being and treatment of animals. We were vegetarian for about 3 months and also ate Kosher organic chicken and turkey as well. We’re very excited to try Saffron Roads Halal meals and ready to eat food without worrying and guilt. We bought some today and we’ll plan on trying them tomorrow and throughout the week. I love Saffron Road due to their accessibility, convenience, earth friendly, and animal friendly ways. THANK YOU!

  41. they sound like a great company! love their variety and company ethos. i just moved to an area with a whole foods so i’m excited to have a brand to look for!

  42. I love Saffron Road because they are providing delicious, easy and healthy meals which contain certified humane and most importantly halal meat. They understand and recognize the Muslim consumers’ tastes and discerning eye that wants to know where their meat is coming from and how it was raised, not just the fact that is it halal. Saffron Road is looking to fill this gaping void in the market by making it their mission to focus on sustainability and to make their products readily available to consumers (Muslim and non-Muslim) who care about and support this mission.

  43. I like their sustainability and humane treatment of animals!

  44. I like Whole Foods on FB!

  45. I like Saffron Road on FB!

  46. I know I’m too late for the giveaway but I was so excited to learn that SR makes broths that it was all I could do not to leave work immediately and head off to find some. I’m so glad you’re sharing more about their products since I’ve only had the frozen foods (and only from Whole Foods).

  47. @Aamina- yes, you would have to follow all of the requirements to be eligible for the contest, otherwise it wouldn’t be fair to everyone else who followed those guidelines. Though I certainly respect your decision to choose not to engage in that specific form of social media, I do hope you’ll make an exception this month so that at least you can have a chance at winning some great things!

  48. @Leslie, thank you very much for your comment, even after knowing the deadline for the giveaway was up. I hope you’ll make it in time for the next one and I always appreciate your feedback! -Yvonne

  49. yvonne–finally got around to making this soup…divine! i had quite a difficult time making the carrot puree, but after that it was smooth sailing. enough soup to last the week, perfect with a bit of bread for getting all the broth. thank you for the new summer staple : )

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