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Winter Citrus & Walnut Salad

On a whim, I recently made a winter salad because the citrus was just so delicious and ripe that I was actually really craving it. I posted a photo on my Instagram page and it was so well-received I thought I better put it up on the website, too. I hope you enjoy it- it’s … Read more

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

I can’t remember the last time we had mashed potatoes from a box. Just the thought of it brings to mind the empty feeling I get from any foods that are simply a semblance of real food. I know it’s convenient, economical and sometimes the only option for people, but perhaps if we looked to … 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

Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest | My Halal Kitchen

Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest

Winter weekend mornings are the perfect time to cozy up to a pancake breakfast. I can eat them without all the side fixings of eggs and {halal} sausages, as long as the pancakes are flavorful. That’s why I like to make these pancakes with creamy buttermilk and the zing of citrus zest or peels. You could replace the orange with lemon and they’d be just as delightful.

Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest | My Halal Kitchen

I’m not a fan of store-bought syrups unless it’s a real maple syrup (Vermont is, of course, one of world’s very best) and if I don’t have that then I will use warmed honey or blackstrap molasses to drizzle on top.  

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Forcing Winter Bulbs: Amaryllis and Paperwhites

I just posted an article about how to force winter branches, which is probably the less common type of winter forcing of plants that is done in comparison to forcing bulbs, mainly because success rates are higher (i.e. branches can be damaged when cut or improper storage and hydration of the branches may result in blossoms falling off) but also because it’s quite easy to purchase bulbs, bring them indoors, water and wait.

lovely winter amaryllis

And of course you would want to do that, if the result is a gorgeous spread of flowers that typically grow outdoors or somewhere in humid and tropical lands, why not?   

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How to Force Winter Branches

I absolutely love bringing color indoors all year long, but in the winter it seems like more of a necessity than anything- to lift up the darkness outside (and how early it comes) and bring in a natural pop of color. It’s also fun to go out looking for branches to bring indoors and be surprised by the type of blooms that will emerge as  a result.

For those who aren’t familiar with forcing, it’s something that is often done with bulbs indoor, too, but the process is quite different. With branches, you need to carefully prune them from a tree (obviously one you have permission to cut) while making sure not to harm the tree in any way.  

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