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In the Name of Allah, the Most Benevolent, the Most Merciful, All Praises are due to Him
Asalaamu’alaikum Dear Readers and Fellow Bloggers,
Welcome to my very first blog on everything related to halal cooking, eating and of course the halal kitchen itself. I hope you will join me in sharing and exchanging delicious halal recipes for all seasons and all meals you can prepare any day of the week.
About Me (Author of this Blog)
Although I was born and raised in the U.S., I claim a Sicilian and Puerto-Rican ethnic heritage, but most importantly I am a Muslim. My husband, who is also U.S. born and raised, is Mexican-Italian. He is also a Muslim.
We live in Chicago and frequently scope out ways to eat the same kinds of food we were raised on, as long as that food is halal.
Being a Muslim mandates that we Muslims eat halal (pure foods ordained for mankind by Allah in the Holy Qur’an and Hadith). That being said, when I converted to Islam over seven years ago, I agreed to forgo all alcohol, pork and any other forbidden foods. This includes avoiding ingredients in food products that may contain haram, or impermissible, foods in them. For example, boxed jello may contain gelatin, which is often made from pig; and the ever-popular Italian tiramisu dessert, is often made with amaretto liquer or sometimes rum, both of which are forms of alcohol.
Why I created the My Halal Kitchen Blog
The reason I created this blog was to open up a forum where I would be able to share with readers (Muslim or not) the tasty recipes I’ve been fortunate enough to gather from our family and friends around the globe. I also wanted to share kitchen tips, stories about cooking, my thoughts on food, and where you can find all the same things I do to create my halal meals.
Over the last several years, I’ve tried fervently to educate myself on the source of food product ingredients so that my husband and I could avoid ingesting anything impermissible, but also so that we could enjoy our favorite traditional and ethnic foods, only now with halal (permissible) substitutions. For example, I’ve had to master my own chicken parmesan, beef tacos and veal stew because there isn’t a halal restaurant anywhere who will serve it up the way I’m used to eating it.
I have also gathered a small collection of trusted companies and stores that offer not only halal products, but ones that are also healthy for us. This has proven to be a challenge when it comes to things like sausages or veal meat because not only are they are non-traditional fare at most Muslim-owned restaurants, but few grocers provide a large variety of raw and deli meats from which to buy and make the dishes yourself.
My journey has taken me on a mission to re-create our family favorites of Puerto Rican, Mexican, Sicilian and all other types of Mediterranean dishes, while avoiding as much pre-packaged and low quality food items as possible. I’ve also gained the desire to make more foods from scratch, simply because then I am guaranteed to know exactly what’s inside. The result has been simply delicious, simply pure, simply… halal.
I hope you will enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy creating it for you. May it be of benefit, insha’allah, God willing.
For a more detailed explanation of halal food, please refer to the following trusted websites. I do not claim to be a scholar of the Islamic Sciences, therefore, I much prefer to allow the experts to explain.