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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

An Abundant Antipasto Platter for Your Eid Buffet

If you’re having people over on Eid day, chances are you’re wondering what to put on the buffet for guests. In the hot summer...

Ramadan is an Opportunity in Culinary Diplomacy

My First Fast Was Just an Experiment The first time I fasted in Ramadan I wasn’t a Muslim; I was a curious young woman who...

FABULOUS CALIFORNIA FIGS FOR EID & A FIG GIVEAWAY!

By the end of Ramadan, most of us fasting Muslims have completely filled our status quo of date consumption for the month, and perhaps...

Summer Ramadan Cooking is Now Available in Paperback and the Kindle...

Many of you have shared your thoughts and your own versions of recipes coming from Summer Ramadan Cooking, my first cookbook that I put...

Cookbook Review & Giveaway of FEAST: Food of the Islamic World

If there’s one cookbook you’ll want to get this year, it’s this one. FEAST: Food of the Islamic World by Anissa Helou is a...

The American Qur’an Project at Chicago’s Sabeel Center

The American Qur’an project is one of the most surprising art exhibits I’ve ever come across. It’s one artist’s rendition of the Qur’an juxtaposed...

Book Suggestion | Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food

I read a lot of books over the course of year, some of which are skimmed throughly and some of which I hang on...

ICNA Relief’s Naazish Yarkhan Talks about #LeftoversReinvented

Recently I had the sheer pleasure of having a wonderful, heartfelt discussion with Naazish Yarkhan whom I first met years ago when she was...

Spices, Ingredients & Books From My Trip to Dubai

Those of you who followed me around Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter during my trip to Dubai got a glimpse at many of the activities...