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Pumpkin Saffron Soup

‘Tis the season for lots and lots of pumpkins everywhere…and I definitely can’t bear to see them going to waste any time soon. So, if you don’t quite have the time to make baked desserts like pumpkin pies or pumpkin rolls from scratch, you can definitely make this quick and easy soup over the weekend, … Read more

Pumpkin Pie Recipe Card Printables

We’ve been talking about pumpkin a lot lately, way before Thanksgiving, just about as soon as the leaves started to change colors. It’s when many of use get excited about cooking and baking with these garden gems. Since pumpkins and other gourds last so long and can so well, they can be used way into … Read more

Pumpkin Rolls

It seems to me that everyone I know is looking more and more towards comfort food , whether in the form of soups, casseroles, pot pies and even desserts. Maybe it’s because of the uncertainty we all live through in today’s world. So many of us live further and further away from family and friends … Read more

10 Uses for Homemade Pumpkin Puree

We see pumpkins everywhere right now, don’t we? And they come in all shapes and sizes and even colors (i.e. orange, green, light beige). They’re kind of intimidating when you look at them. Hard, rounded but not perfectly round. Many have ridges that make them hard to cut, too. Forget about using a small knife, … Read more

Lamb Stew with Pumpkin, Plantain, Sweet Potato and Chickpeas

When we look through recipes online or in magazines, what really prompts us to go out of our way to make a list and head out to the store with the intention of buying all the ingredients specifically for that recipe we enjoyed looking at so much?                                                                                     

I look at food for a living, literally, and am incredibly delighted by the vibrant colors and gorgeous photography that exists in the blogosphere and in the publishing world.  I can’t, however, make everything that awakens my stomach or inspires me to fly off the couch and dig into my cabinets for every spice listed in a recipe so that I, too, can make a gorgeous Thai noodle dish.

There is one Libyan dish, however, that prompted me to set out to use up our Qurbani meat to make this dish called Tbeikhet ‘Eid  which features pumpkin, chickpeas and raisins. I liked the idea of using seasonal produce like pumpkin so much that I decided to give it a try, though digressing a bit by using other ingredients that I had at home that were in much need of being used:

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Roasted Pumpkin

If there’s ever one recipe that will help create even more recipes, it’s those for roasted vegetables. I absolutely love to fire up the oven and get my produce seasoned and roasted to eat them as-is, puree them into soups or throw them into stews. You can be as creative as you want to be or simply enjoy them straight out of the oven.

Vegetables with similar roasting times to pumpkin are acorn squash and butternut squash, depending on their sizes, of course.

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Pumpkin Pie Not From a Can | My Halal Kitchen

Pumpkin Pie Not From a Can

I could eat Pumpkin Pie any time of year. It just so happens that because pumpkins are seasonal in the fall here in the Midwest, I truly crave this exact type of pie at this exact time of the year. I love the smell of fresh pumpkin so I began to steam small pie pumpkins myself, also known as sugar pumpkins. I steamed about three already this fall. (You can find my recipe for steamed pumpkin puree here).

With the freshly steamed pumpkins I made smoothies, soups and of course, pumpkin pie. It’s healthy and nutritious and the smell of it takes me back to my youth, when I never tired of fresh pies made by nearly every single family member this time of year.

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