Growing up in small-town Ohio I had a lot of opportunities to see how things were made, whether they were apples into apple cider at the local orchard, fruits into jam at a small nearby farm or potatoes into...
There are many delicious halal restaurants popping up all over the U.S., but when I was asked to pick my new favorite, I chose a #Chicago restaurant I thoroughly enjoyed for its uniqueness and because it was my most recent...
Chances are, if you live somewhere in the U.S. and you seek out halal food then you’re already aware of Crescent Foods. If not, allow me to introduce you. Crescent Foods is a Chicago-based poultry company that is involved in the...
I've been reading Epicurious for years, but never expected to see this! I am so elated not because it's a cookbook I've written but because it will hopefully bring positive recognition to the abundant world of halal cuisine and cooking. Please...
You might remember that not too long ago I published a review of the gorgeous design book, Marrakesh by Design, by American expat Maryam Montague who resides in Morocco and runs a boutique hotel called Peacock Pavillions. I was...
I recently attended the Chicago Gourmet event right here in the Windy City, though on that day it was a rainy city--mostly in the morning. Good thing because the Chicago Gourmet event was held outdoors in Millenium Park. It...
Seems like it was just yesterday I had this photo shoot and interview with The Kitchn. I remember that day so clearly- a photo session at Lincoln Park farmers market, then back to my kitchen to prep food for another...
Few of us have ever experienced the sublimity of being near a fountain of flowing chocolate, never mind a kitchen faucet that brings forth silky milk chocolate at one’s disposal. Even fewer of us have the opportunity to work...
This post is a continuation of my previous post about Sally Fallon and her work with the Weston A. Price Foundation, whose mission is to inform the public of some rather politically 'incorrect' dietary suggestions… Sounds intriguing, right? About Weston A....
It wasn't too long ago that I first heard about Saffron Road, halal frozen entrees that are now sold at Whole Foods stores. At first glance, I thought they were just another frozen ethnic entree that would be out...

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