Jul 7 - 13, 2011 
Halal in the Duke City

Mina's Dish

Halal in the Duke City

Meat with a higher calling

By Mina Yamashita

Middle Eastern cuisine is one of my favorites, but I only recently learned about eating halalthe Islamic version of kosher. The word “halal” simply means lawful or allowed. The Islamic laws that govern the preparation of foodespecially meatare nearly identical to the requirements for the best organic products. In accordance with Islamic law, the person taking the animal’s life must invoke the name of God at the time of the slaughter. Animals have to be treated humanely from field to table. Companies that sell halal products are certified. Pork is haramunlawful.

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“Plant offal” includes carrot tops and spinach bottoms.
Ari LeVaux

Flash in the Pan

Robbing the Compost Pile

Carrot tops, spinach bottoms and the whole radish

By Ari LeVaux
The preparation and consumption of animal offal has become trendy in recent years. From headcheese to braised pig feet, there are all sorts of ways of turning animal refuse into delicacies. And while plant offal hasn't exactly become the new rage, B-list plant parts can be incorporated into tasty meals as well. Ari LeVaux provides recipes for three such underused ingredients: spinach roots and the greens of carrots and radishes.

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