With so much produce left over from the cooking demonstrations I conducted at the ISNA convention over 4th of July weekend, I had to come up with ways to use and preserve the goods. This lemon-lime granita is just...
Have you ever planned to spend a theme-filled day out? I seem to do it a lot of this in Chicago since there are so many great neighborhoods to explore. For example, there are some great Swedish places to...
Somehow during this polar vortex we're having, I keep finding myself craving Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods- perhaps it's the hefty amounts of meat (with all that 'good' fat) involved, or the pungent spices that I crave when it's...
Everyone is talking about this year’s daily fasts in Ramadan being so long because sunset (the time when the fast is broken) will come a little after 8pm here in Chicago. It’s also a hot summer season. Very hot. Fasting...
I recently had the great pleasure of meeting with the very lovely, down-to-earth and talented young photographer, Sadaf Syed, a Chicago-based woman who literally wrote the book on how Muslim women in America wear the hijab (head covering). I...

Insalata Caprese

The summer season is when I truly crave Insalata Caprese (Capri-style Tomato & Mozzarella Salad) this dish because it reminds me of being in Italy during the summer time. Hot, arid days in Sicily bring out the best in...
My most recent food interest has cast me far away into the land of the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. I never imagined I would find such an incredibly clean and tasty way of cooking and...
While still experiencing the heat of the summer, it's always nice to have a refreshing, light salad to accompany other summer foods. I love this salad not only because I love the addition of  lime juice to salads, but I...
Rogan Josh is a north Indian curry dish that is typically served with lamb. The word rogan is Persian for oil and josh mans hot or heat (some also say it means passionate).  Despite the name or meaning, I've not ever had this...
One of the things I really love doing is showing people how to make simple, all-natural recipes using truly wholesome ingredients. It's an additional bonus when those products have been halal-certified to ensure that the entire process of bringing...

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