Tag Archives: dates

Nut-Filled Dates with Melted Chocolate

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I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified products. These uber delicious Medjool dates stuffed with almonds and topped with melted chocolate and pistachios are just just one of four recipes ... Read More »

Green Breakfast Smoothie

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I’ve heard all sorts of people say that they’ve never felt better after drinking ‘green’ smoothies- with lots of green veggies like celery, spinach, kale, avocados as well as other things like beets and carrots. Chock full of vitamins, minerals and fiber, they’re said to help detox the body, or cleanse it.  To be honest, it just never seemed appetizing ... Read More »

5 of My Favorite Things This Ramadan

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It takes a lot for me to find things I really love. I’m not only picky about what comes into my home, but I’ve come to a point in my life where I only want to surround myself with things that I absolutely love. It’s quality over quantity and it helps me to simplify everything from household goods to what I stock ... Read More »

How to Ripen Fresh Barhi Dates

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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 »

Creamy Date Shake

If you live anywhere in California or nearby, you’ve probably heard of date milkshakes and the pretty well-known stands at farms and orchards who sell them. I have lived in California, driven through it many times from all different angles and have never tried one, but I’ve heard plenty about them. A date shake perfect for iftar, and a great ... Read More »

Couscous with Dates and Butter

I recently posted a recipe for Moroccan Goat Stew which is fabulously delicious and can certainly be served over rice or even with just bread. When I was making it, however, I found myself craving a sweetened couscous. I thought about adding dried apricots to the couscous but I just didn’t have them on hand. I did have a handful ... Read More »

A Quick Guide to Dates & How to Store Them

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Our latest guest post is by Nadia Hubbi, Founder & CEO of Sweet Pillar & Co. Her chocolate-covered dates captured me so much that I asked her to tell us all about how to find the perfect one for our tastebuds and the origins of this ancient, lovely fruit so that we can appreciate them all the more. Let’s talk ... Read More »

Sweet Pillar & Co.’s Nadia Hubbi Gives Us Her Story and Some Ramadan Chocolate

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Everyone who knows me also knows that I love chocolate– as many women do. I’m not, however, a lover of all chocolate. In fact, I’m not a fan of chocolate companies who fool consumers into thinking they’re getting real chocolate when in fact they’re getting a hefty dose of things like high fructose corn syrup or unhealthy fats and oils added ... Read More »

Date and Walnut Tart

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Dates are also the perfect baking fruit- they freeze well, they don’t make your baking products soggy and they add just the right about of sweetness to a dessert. Below is a deliciously simple tart recipe adapted from one of my favorite and most-used cookbooks, Mediterranean: A Taste of the Sun in Over 150 Recipes by Jacqueline Clark and Joanna ... Read More »

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 and testing recipes for cooking demos I plan to do at the upcoming annual ISNA convention here in Chicago. I’m also working on articles for Sister’s Extra, the new blog of the lovely Sister’s Magazine. I’m also testing halal Thai recipes for my monthly contribution ... Read More »