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 … Read more

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Linguine with Spinach, Mushrooms & 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.

Linguine with Spinach, Mushrooms & Pasta | My Halal Kitchen

Perhaps the trick is using fully aromatic Crimini mushrooms whose texture is full and meaty, giving your mouth and your taste buds the illusion of eating meat. I simply didn’t have any meat in the refrigerator when I made this dish and we were too hungry to wait for anything to thaw before cooking. I’m glad we didn’t wait- this dish was a wonderful surprise and testimony as to what can happen in the kitchen when you use what you’ve got and pair ingredients that have complimentary flavors. In this case, spinach, garlic and mushrooms taste good in eggs (i.e. omlettes), over steaks and even in rice such as arborio.  

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Bruschetta with Tomatoes, Garlic and Cheese

Finger foods aren’t just for parties. When it’s really hot outside, I don’t like to get too complicated in the kitchen. When it’s cold outside, I like comfort food. Bread and cheese fit in both of these categories, so here comes my recipe for simple Bruschetta, or Italian toasts. They can be made on the grill … Read more

Arugula and White Cheddar Frittata

During my college years, I had a small patch of land in my back yard and would often make nice homemade meals for my younger cousin who lived in the dorms. Coming from Sicily just a few years earlier and craving a taste of home, she was so excited to see that there was an opportunity to have some freshly grown produce that was definitely not available in the cafeteria or grocery stores nearby.  When she asked me to grow some arugula, I was intrigued by something I’d never grown before and so planted it for us to enjoy, and enjoy we did that year…

 It really can’t be easier than simply putting everything in a bowl and mixing it together

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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 the company has created. They have something called an Adopt-an-Olive-Tree program where you can get olive oil from your very own tree and even visit the tree in Italy. They support local farmers and sustainable practices for growing their products. I … Read more

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 of my love affair with seasonal produce like swiss chard and beets, both of which were plentiful at the farmers market last weekend where I organized a Culinary Tour of the Green City Market here in Chicago.

And then it occured to me that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are all exposed to the pink ribbons that indicate a fight against this disease, so I found it fitting that my pasta turned out pink as a result of the beet leaf juices that smother the pasta once it’s cooked and added in.  One person on our Facebook page even made reference to the fact that her girls would love it because it was girly.

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Roasted Pepper Frittata

Talk about a quick dinner- and yes, frittatas make great quick and nutritious dinners. Just take it from the rural Italians who live on such rustic, satisfying food. I roasted my peppers ahead of time, but you can easily purchase peppers in glass jars from most grocery stores How to Roast Peppers Peppers of all kinds can … Read more

Chicken Parmesan for Two

There’s just two of us at home for dinner on most nights, unless we have guests.  With guests dinner just instantly doubles or quadruples and I can make great use out of larger pots and pans.  So, because of the clean up involved, on most nights it’s a pain to use big, oversized dishes when I only need just a small pan to make enough of one of my favorite dishes for one night.

Chicken Parmesan is cooked to perfection in these wonderful, high quality stoneware dishes by Le Creuset. They’re not too deep, so this dish bakes faster in the oven than with some of my other pans.  Best of all, they’re super easy to clean.

I have to say, this is one of the best cookware companies out there. They stand behind their products and have a great call line to help their customers out with any problems related to their products, which is actually quite rare. In my house the only problems we’ve had with Le Creuset cookware have been ‘homemade’.  I’ll spare you the details of that for now…

I got this snazzy package of Le Creuset Stoneware from Cooking.com— and so can you!  They have lots of nice colors so for me it was hard to choose between Kiwi Green or Caribbean Blue, but I went with the color of most of my cookware and stemware, which is mostly a rustic Mediterranean or Mexican style. I think it’s actually much prettier, even a bit darker, in actuality than in the picture.

So, back to the recipe (which is in full detail at the end of this post). I”ll show you some of the steps involved here, which are quite simple.

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Italian Lamb Stew

‘Eid Mubarak to you and your families! May all your fasts and prayers be accepted.  We’ve fasted the month of Ramadan and now it’s time to enjoy the celebration of ‘Eid with family and friends. Lamb dishes are usually a must on ‘Eid day celebrations, but every culture has a different, delicious way of making it. I love … Read more

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