Tag Archives: Italian

Insalata Caprese

Insalata Caprese | My Halal Kitchen

Just because it’s not summer, it doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in a craving for fresh produce and a taste of sunny Italy…at least I don’t deny myself that when I find great organic tomatoes, fresh basil and of course the best fresh mozzarella around. It’s such a treat and takes away some of those winter blues.   Choose ... Read More »

Pine Nuts

Pine Nuts | Halal Pantry- My Halal Kitchen

Pine nuts, often referred to as pignole (Italian) in the culinary world, are a beautiful addition to so many of my favorite recipes. Pine nuts are the seed from pine cones of the pinyon tree or stone pine, which produce larger seeds that the type of pine trees in the Midwest and the main reason we can’t just grow pine nuts ... Read More »

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup | My Halal Kitchen

While making this recipe and preparing to share it with you, I decided to do a little research to find out the history behind the origin of a soup I grew up eating all the time and that is quite popular in Italian restaurants: Italian Wedding Soup. Growing up in a family with very Sicilian roots, we often ate this ... Read More »

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 »

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

before the cheese melted

What is it with me and Italian food lately? It’s all I crave, mostly because it’s comfort food tome. I’ve thought about it and feel like the think the overwhelm of life in general, catching up (if that’s possible) on the lack of uninterrupted sleep during Ramadan and getting the house as organized as possible during a very involved updating ... Read More »

Mostaccioli: The Great Italian Party Dish

cheesy mostaccioli

Every family has a favorite party dish, regardless of cultural background or ethnic makeup or religious observance. I happen to think that every special occasion in my family should contain a very large pasta dish of some sort: lasagna, pasta with meatballs, eggplant Parmesan or mostaccioli, that oven baked pasta dish that is oh-so filling and warms up the house ... Read More »

Classic Tiramisu- Without the Alcohol

Tiramisu in glass dish

Tiramisu, the quintessential Sicilian dessert, and the ultimate party food.  Although I’m (half) Sicilian, I didn’t grow up with this dessert at family dinner tables. I’m not exactly sure why no one ever made it, but it took for me to travel to Italy and taste the real deal for the first time to be hooked, over and over again.  Needless ... Read More »

Tuna, Red Pepper, Garlic and Basil Pasta

gorgeous tuna pasta with basil

My entire house has been under construction for several months now, and we’re living right in the midst of it. My kitchen is functional, but not exactly one that I’m accustomed to, partially because I keep thinking of all the ways I want it to be in the future, insha’allah, but also because I refuse to unpack every single kitchen ... Read More »

The Link Between Sicilian and Arabic Cuisine

I love to learn about the history of food- how ingredients crossed the ocean traveled long distances along the Silk Road or made their way from one distant culture to another from empirical expansion or conquest. They are fascinating instances of cultural exchange and a fascination with new flavors, textures and the healing power of culinary delights that people have ... Read More »

Linguine with Spinach, Mushrooms & Garlic

quick, easy recipes, linguine with mushrooms and garlic

If there is any one pasta dish you should make this week, it’s this one. Whether you’re a Meatless Monday subscriber (or any day of the week you plan to go vegetarian) or a strict vegetarian, this dish is savory, delicious and filling. Perhaps the trick is using fully aromatic Crimini mushrooms whose texture is full and meaty, giving your ... Read More »