Upright Roasting Rack for Chicken and Small Poultry

One of the most useful tools I have in the kitchen for roasting chicken and other small birds is this upright roasting rack that...

Steaming Basics

Steaming is universally known as a healthy method of cooking because little fat, if any, is needed in the process. One of the oldest...

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...

Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

A day in the life of recipe testing goes a lot like this: Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables  -shop for fresh ingredients and bring them home...

Culinary and Cosmetic Uses of Argan Oil

Have you ever tried argan oil?  It is some really amazing stuff that is great for cooking as well as making yourself beautiful on...

Tips For Celebrating Ramadan In Style

I am so delighted to bring you this article by Jomana Siddiqui, founder of modernEID.com who creates some of the most beautifully designed 'Eid decor...

Are You Ready for Ramadan Cooking?

Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar (lunar) and the holy month of fasting is approaching quickly. There is so much to prepare...

Chicken Rogan Josh with Potatoes, Peas and Cilantro

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...

Myth #2: Halal Food Isn’t Clean

The second notion to tackle in our series, Myths About Halal Food, is one that questions the cleanliness of halal foods (including the process of...

Myths About Halal Food

It’s not too often that I receive direct questions about what halal food is or what’s entailed in the processes that bring halal food...

Spicy Olive Tapenade

Appetizer aren't just for entertaining guests. I've come to learn that keeping homemade appetizers around my house is a great way to eat healthy...

A Simple Way to Jazz Up Your Refrigerator

A couple of weeks ago when my husband was away for a few days, I had some time on my hands to work on...

Ruby Red Grapefruit & Blood Orange Juice

One of the ways I try  improve my overall health is by making fresh juice most mornings and sometimes again later in the evenings for...

Saffron Road’s New Line of Vegeterian Entrees

You may have already heard about Saffron Road's new vegetarian entrees, which are making quite a buzz on places like Facebook and Twitter. Vegetarians, vegans...

Bon Appétit Magazine Presented Chicago Gourmet

Last Saturday morning I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Gourmet event in Chicago's Millenium Park. You know the kind of experience that leaves you in a...

Feta, Avocado & Homemade Mayonnaise Torta

Everyone has some sort of comfort food. Some people love cakes for soothing comfort; others love chicken noodle soup or a hearty chili.  For me,...

Chicago’s Green City Market and Roasted Chestnuts Recipe

Saturday was a crisp fall morning perfect for heading out to any farmers' market, even if  just to take a look at all of...

How to Dry Citrus Peels

Whether you have tons of lemons and limes around or just a few, it's easy to preserve the outer skin, or zest, for future...

Easy Oven-Roasted Baby Potatoes

I promise you this is a super easy side dish for any night of the week or any morning when you have some time...

Sponsored: Saffron Road’s Delhi Potatoes Giveaway

We have another fantastic giveaway for you this week, another one from fantastic halal food brand, Saffron Road. They are generous enough to offer...

All the Videos in My Meaning of Halal & Tayyib Series

If you've been following my audio series on The Meaning of Halal & Tayyib, you'll know I've been rolling them out daily for the...

The Meaning of Halal & Tayyib Part 5: Solutions to Cooking...

This is my fifth and last video in a series of audio discussions about what halal means and how that affects what we put...

The Meaning of Halal & Tayyib: Eating Out or Cooking Global...

This is my fourth video in a series of audio discussions about what halal means and how that affects what we put into our...

The Meaning of Halal & Tayyib Part 3: Breads & Doughs

This video is my third in a series of YouTube discussions about what halal means and how that affects what we put into our...

Benefits of Black Seed Oil & Its Healing Properties

Since the 1950’s, hundreds of scientific studies have documented remarkable results on black seed’s ability to help stop infections, regulate allergic reactions and improve...

Audio Discussion on The Meaning of Halal & Tayyib: Dairy Products

My second video in a series of discussions about what halal means and how that affects what we put into our bodies. In this...

7 Books & Cookbooks I’m Reading While in Quarantine

Everyone I know who isn't on the front lines of treating patients or in the service industries, is working at home, safe and sound...

My Story About Life in Turkey During the Global Covid19 Pandemic

I was asked by the Editor of Salaam Gateway to share my story of going through the covid19 pandemic while living abroad in Turkey....

Top 5 Things I’m Doing to Boost My Immunity

I don't know about you, but I've had some serious bouts of anxiety listening to all the bad news about the covid-19 pandemic our...

Videos: Let’s Talk Permaculture

I made this video during the last few months I was in my house in Chicago. It was long before I accepted that I...

Video: Strawberry & Watermelon Cooler

One of my all-time favorite recipes for drinks that truly hydrate without artificial sugars. This is great for a Spring or Summertime Ramadan when...

My Balcony Garden in Fethiye

The first time I traveled to Fethiye, I was completely and utterly taken in by how perfectly the botanics, the landscape and the climate...

Sponsored Video: Very Berry Smoothie Recipe

One of the very first recipes I ever created for Suhoor (early morning meal before a fasting day) was this Very Berry Smoothie. It...

Sponsored: Quick Avocado Toast with Pink Himalayan Salt

I don't know about you but the avocado is definitely one of my most favored foods on the planet. It's so nutritious and delicious,...

The Meaning of Halal & Tayyib: An Audio Series

There's no time like the present to either be reminded about or learn new things pertaining to our food system and what goes into...

Sponsored: Chickpea Masala Giveaway by Saffron Road Foods

We're all in this global pandemic together, sharing ideas and inspiration for ways to be healthy while quarantined, ways to share what we have...

Links to My Library of Really Good Turkish Cookbooks

In the past year, I've collected numerous cookbooks with different takes on Turkish cuisine, Ottoman food history, the celebration of Ramadan in Turkey and...

The Easiest No-Cook Cheese to Make During a Quarantine

I expect to be indoors for about a month, although it could be a much longer time than that. Before going stir crazy, I...