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Spring Garden Party

By Contributing Writer, Sobia Hussain Despite the recent fluctuations in temperatures, spring is officially here in North America. It represents life, renewal, growth, and warmth–something to be happy about. After being bundled up in heavy coats and scarves for several months, it’s nice to be able to step out for some fresh air and sunlight … Read more

Pan Roasted Lamb and Potatoes

Each Spring I wait with anticipation to make my favorite lamb dishes. I’m not sure why I don’t crave it as much in the Winter season, but I think it has to do with the perfect pairing lamb makes with fresh herbs, garlic, potatoes and carrots. What’s nice is that combination can go on to … Read more

Spring Into The Season With A DIY Infinity Scarf

By Sobia Hussain for My Halal Kitchen Spring is finally here! Was it just me or did this winter feel exceptionally longer?  Either way, I’m looking forward to the new season and warmer weather.  Although the temperatures are gradually rising, we still get those chilly days requiring some added warmth.  So, for this tutorial, 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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5 Simple Ways to Get Your Gardening Groove On

Here in the Midwest, much like other parts of the country we’re experiencing a complete and utter freeze. It’s incredibly hard to imagine colorful flowers, edible gardens, or even water that doesn’t freeze when poured right now, but this is the best time to think about your spring garden.

The Butchart Gardens Seeds- Vancouver, Canada

Yes, your spring garden. And summer garden. And fall garden.– it’s uplifting to consider the possibilities of seeing green, red, yellow, purple and all the other vibrant colors that flowers and vegetable, berries in your very own space, even if you have a small space. Do you have a small patio? A balcony? What about joining a community garden– perfect for apartment dwellers.

Here are some simple suggestions to get you in the mood and warm up to the idea of bringing some green into your life and your home:

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Swiss Chard with Toasted Cashews

Swiss chard is a spring vegetable that thrives and grows in cool weather, which means you can enjoy it again in the fall.  I found some lovely Swiss chard, bright green and firm, at my local Asian market. Here’s what I did with it to make a delicious side dish to meat, but will go … Read more

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