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Easy Bulgur and Vegetable Salad

This Ramadan, I’m all about quick and easy. With such a long fast and so much to do, I just don’t want to fuss with food- do you? This salad has been a mainstay- it’s got the bulgur wheat, which gives it some substance, but the veggies add flavor, crunch, texture and lots of good nutrition.  … Read more

Cucumber, Red Onion, and Avocado Salad

 At the time I made this recipe, it still felt like summer. Two short days later, it feels like we skipped right to Autumn and possibly on the verge of winter. Oh well, I’ll eat avocados at any time of year and when mixed with cucumbers and red onions, it reminds me of summer days. … Read more

Watermelon & Feta Salad

I have been waiting to make this salad since the winter time. Watermelon is my favorite fruit, mainly because it hydrates the body as you eat it, perfect to eat during non-fasting hours in Ramadan, so during this time I eat it as much as possible and in as many ways as possible. Being a coffee drinker, … Read more

How to Make Quick & Warm Salad Dressing

When you make a nice batch of eggs or meat in olive oil or butter, but don’t use up all the oil then it’s a really good thing to use up quickly in salad. You can deglaze the pan with some vinegar or something acidic like lemon juice and then pour the warm combo over salad greens. … Read more

How to Store & Preserve Olive Oil Properly

Olive oil is a staple in my house. I use it for everything from salads to cooking (lightly, not deep frying or anything intense like that). I don’t use one particular brand all the time because I like to try different things, but there is a method I like to use to keep it fresher longer and to make sure that what I’ve bought is actually the real thing. Have you heard about all that olive oil fraud lately?

How to Store & Preserve Olive Oil | My Halal Kitchen There is some debate on how to figure out if olive oil is pure and 100% what you think you’re paying for. Some say if the olive solidifies when refrigerated that it’s a pure oil; others, like the folks over at The Olive Oil Times, disagree. They suggest looking for harvest date on the packaging and checking for a seal of certification by the California Olive Oil Council.  

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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

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 shopping adventures by tweeting and posting updates to the MHK Facebook page . There was a great response and interest from readers and I was thrilled to know that many of you shop at farmers markets, many in California. What a great place for fresh, local and organic food.

I was also surprised to learn how many of you shared my love of vintage pieces, which I believe is a great way to have unique, inspiring pieces of home decor and furniture without being wasteful. One person’s junk can truly be someone else’s treasure, especially when one has a vision for old pieces recycled as new. Lots of older pieces are also incredibly sturdy and have character not often found in cookie-cutter items mass-manufactured with synthetic, perhaps toxic materials.

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Hummus Cups

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks around here. I’ve been visiting farmers’ markets everywhere I can here in Chicago and back home in Ohio. Did you see all the lovely produce I was able to capture? Needless to say, I’ve been busy with travel, family and my work here in and on My Halal Kitchen. I’ve met some wonderful people and gotten to know about … Read more

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