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Angus Beef Burger with Cheese

While grilling season may seem like it’s winding down or at a complete dead halt here in Chicago (we got a sudden cold spell), the weather usually takes a turn upwards again and we get a streak of a couple of hot (or at least some very warm days) where everyone wants to grill something. … Read more

Preserved Lemons | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

Preserved Lemons

If there’s one ingredient that says “Moroccan cooking” it’s preserved lemons. They’re smaller than most lemons found in the U.S. and also sweeter. Traditionally preserved in salt and lemon juice, they are used in tagines, stews and other dishes after the lemons have had time to sit in a tightly sealed jar for several weeks. … Read more

Mina Harissa Giveaway | My Halal Kitchen

CLOSED: Spice Up Your Life with this Harissa Giveaway!

Have you ever had harissa, that hot and spicy condiment made red by combining chili peppers, garlic and perhaps some dry-roasted spices, then thrown into North African soups and stews for added flavor?

I liken harissa to the French pistou of North African cusine because, much like pistou, it is typically added to finished dishes for the fresh and pungent flavor it provides, to top off soups and stews, yet I would be perfectly happy dipping fresh rustic bread into a spoon of harissa (or pistou).

I recently taught a cooking class where we made a classic Moroccan dish: Chicken Tagine with Olives and Preserved Lemons, served with Couscous. We also made a homemade harissa to add to the tagine once it was on our plates, but with a new product on the market that offers harissa in a jar, made with healthy, high-quality ingredients, you could cut your cooking time down a bit while still incorporating a wonderful condiment into your dish.

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Super Quick Guacamole or Avocado Spread

I use avocadoes for a lot of things: sandwiches, homemade beauty care (it’s the best facial ingredient ever) and more. But, most people know avocadoes as the main ingredient in guacamole. In fact, some people (I’ve heard them say) confuse avocadoes with guacamole- in other words, they don’t really realize the main ingredient in guacamole … Read more

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