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...

Pakistani Dundicut Peppers

I was pleasantly surprised to find these dried hot peppers at Penzey's Spices in Cleveland near the famed West Side Market. I had never...

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...

5 Tips for Eating Well During Tough Economic Times

tIt's no secret that many people are suffering right now as a result of unemployment, rising costs of food and just about everything else....

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...

Dried Persimmons are Your Next New Dessert

As I peruse the Fethiye markets, I don't even have to look too far before finding something I've never seen before from the same...

Rustic Turkish Style Hummus

Today I made hummus without a food processor or blender because I still don’t have one here in Turkey. I had been holding out...

Citrus Season on the Aegean Coast of Turkey

It’s citrus season in southern Turkey and the entire region is overflowing with oranges, lemons and tangerines. As I walk to the local market...

The Most Beautifully “Packaged” Spinach

There are gorgeous food markets all over Turkey. Any food lover or anyone looking for inspiration to cook or who simply wants to see...

A List of Top 10 Halal Restaurants in the US is...

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...

Meatball & Mini Ravioli Soup

If you're a soup lover like me, a big pot of soup on a chilly Fall day is one of the best things you...

Bourdain and Beyond at the New York Times Food Festival

I'm currently watching this.... There are many greats involved in this talk: Kim Severson, National Food Correspondent at the New York Times; Andrew Zimmern of...

The My Halal Kitchen Cookbook is Available in Indonesia

I'm always so delighted when readers show me where they've seen and purchased the My Halal Kitchen cookbook, which has been found around the...

American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago Oral History Project

Last September I had the pleasure and absolute honor of being interviewed by Mona Askar for the Chicago History Museum American Medina: Stories of Muslim...

My Recipe for Pomegranate, Pistachio & Goat Cheese Crostini in the...

I'm excited to share that a new recipe I've created will be featured in this Winter issue of The Costco Connection in the US, the UK...

Earthquakes, Borek, & a Relaxing Seaside Breakfast

A few days ago we had our third wobble here in Fethiye in the last few months. It was a little less intense than...

Who Really Cares About Halal? [Video Discussion]

This is something I've wanted to discuss for a very long time with everyone: Who Really Cares About Halal? I want to open up the conversation to...

Do You Think There’s a Relationship Between Nutrition & Mental Health?

I've been fascinated all my adult life by the relationship between food and mental and emotional health. I just never really knew other people...

10 Things to Try While You’re in Turkey

This is a list of things you may not be able to bring out of Turkey, but you should definitely try while there and...

20 Things You Should Bring Back from Turkey

I came to Turkey twice before making the leap to live here for an extended period of time. I've been mostly in Istanbul, the...

Suzme: Strained Turkish Yogurt

  I get a lot of questions daily asking me for recommendations on what people should try when they come to Turkey for a visit....

A Priceless Education About Where Food Comes From

These little sour plums (I believe they're called Victoria Plum) are in season now in southern Turkey and I can’t stop eating them. They remind...

Summer White Bean and Tomato Salad

I’ve been making several dishes this week with white navy beans (“kuru fasulye” in Turkish, which actually translates to haricot beans in English). This...

Sicilian Eggplant Rolls

This summer weather in Turkey reminds me exactly of my two summers spent in Sicily in the mid 90's. Very hot. Very dry. Limited...

Knowing How to Cook is Empowering

This little dish of Pasta with Bechamel Sauce represents the exact reason why cooking for oneself is not only an act of self-care, but...