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Kitchen Crafts for the Ramadan Iftar Table

This is a Guest Post by Sweet Pillar Food Founder, Nadia Hubbi The month of Ramadan may mean different things for different people, however at the end of the day, we can all agree that we are ready to feast! Growing up in a traditional Syrian household with an exceptionally great cook for a Mom, there was … Read more

Lamb Kofta Kabob Pita Sandwiches

Ramadan has absolutely flown by- it’s been busy, peaceful, productive, serene, full of blessings and absolutely perfect this year. I just hope we’ve maximized our potential for rewards taking every opportunity to seek them throughout the month. Insha’Allah, I hope and pray the same for all of you. One of the biggest blessings we’ve had … Read more

My Visit to Barkaat Foods

Whenever I decide to use a halal meat product in my own cooking, I like to know as much about the company as possible so that I can get a very good sense as to how they operate behind the scenes to understand that the sourcing of the animal- it’s feed and how they’re raised- are also … Read more

Pine Nuts

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 … Read more

CLOSED: Patchi Chocolate Gift Box Giveaway

Patchi has done it again- this box of chocolate sounds ah-mazing! Coming from one of my favorite chocolate producers ever, I’m so glad you’ll get the chance to try these wonderfully-made products for Ramadan or Eid! About the Giveaway Patchi chocolates is giving away this gorgeous gift box which includes delicacies that will bring sweetness … Read more

Sejouk (Spicy Sausage)

Sejouk (also known as sudjuk, sujuk, or merguez) is a spicy version of sausage that is common in Middle Eastern cuisine, stemming from places like Morocco, Algeria, Turkey, Bosnia, Albania and more. They are not made from pork, but typically beef and sometimes a lamb-beef mixture with an addition of spices like smoked paprika for flavor and … Read more

Cardamom | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

Cardamom

Cardamom is one of the most fragrant spices in the world and it’s popular in North African, Middle Eastern and Indian cooking. It’s used to spice rice, tea, and even salads. Break open the pod to release the fragrant seeds much like you would smash garlic- place a wide knife flat on top of the … Read more

Pita Bread | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

Pita Bread

The ubiquitous bread of the Middle East and North Africa, pita bread has found a new home in America and the Middle East due to the introduction of it by the many immigrants who opened restaurants, groceries and ethnic markets, offering the freshly homemade bread that wraps mouth-watering shawarma and kebob sandwiches and selling the … Read more

Holy Land Olives

Recently, my husband re-connected with an old college friend he hadn’t seen in years. As it turns out, when they reconnected many of their mutual friends wanted to have a small reunion.  That led to a dinner invitation extended to not just the guys but their growing families, as well- and a very special take-home gift for me: olives from the Holy Land.

Bowl of Palestinian Olives with Red Pepper

First, I should explain that an invitation is something Muslims are highly recommended to accept unless there’s a very valid reasons to decline (i.e. a previous commitment, an illness, etc.); not because you simply don’t want to go. I think there’s a lot of wisdom in this recommendation because I experience the blessings in it all the time.  

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