Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

Insalata Caprese

Insalata Caprese | My Halal Kitchen

Just because it’s not summer, it doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in a craving for fresh produce and a taste of sunny Italy…at least I don’t deny myself that when I find great organic tomatoes, fresh basil and of course the best fresh mozzarella around. It’s such a treat and takes away some of those winter blues.   Choose ... Read More »

Homemade Croutons

Homemade Croutons | My Halal Kitchen

Making croutons for things like salads or stuffing is so easy, you seriously never have to buy it in the store. Ever! All you need is a loaf of rustic bread- French or Italian are great- and an oven (even a toaster oven would work). Get the recipe below… Now you can use the croutons in your favorite salads, stuffing and even ... Read More »

Pine Nuts

Pine Nuts | Halal Pantry- My Halal Kitchen

Pine nuts, often referred to as pignole (Italian) in the culinary world, are a beautiful addition to so many of my favorite recipes. Pine nuts are the seed from pine cones of the pinyon tree or stone pine, which produce larger seeds that the type of pine trees in the Midwest and the main reason we can’t just grow pine nuts ... Read More »

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

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I can’t remember the last time we had mashed potatoes from a box. Just the thought of it brings to mind the empty feeling I get from any foods that are simply a semblance of real food. I know it’s convenient, economical and sometimes the only option for people, but perhaps if we looked to our grandparents and those before ... Read More »

How to Make Gravy

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Making gravy is sometimes an intimidating  task, but it doesn’t have to be! In fact, once you try it out and practice a few times, it’s super rewarding to know that you don’t have to rely on any type of packet to make it.  These are the main store-bought ingredients I use: unbleached flour, chicken broth, spiced cider, salt and pepper. ... Read More »

Fig, Pine Nut, Garlic & Herb Stuffing

Mediterranean Ingredients

Every good bird would love to have some stuffing alongside it, right? Well, there are tons of ways to make a great stuffing so you really can choose the ‘additions’ to the bread portions as you see fit (mostly dry goods) so in my case, I pulled from my Mediterranean heritage and decided to add dried figs, pine nuts, sage, thyme ... Read More »

Rosle Digital Instant Read Thermometer Giveaway Sponsored by Crescent Foods

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We’re giving away to one randomly-selected winner, a Rösle Digital Instant Read Thermometer from Williams-Sonoma. This giveaway is sponsored by Crescent Foods. Details about the Digital Thermometer:  Featuring an easy-to-read illuminated digital display that measures in both Celsius and Fahrenheit, Rosle’s instant-read thermometer is a must-have for everyday cooking. It quickly checks roasts, deep-fry oil, infant food, even water for making tea. ... Read More »

Classic Roasted Chicken with Fall Vegetables

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Everyone loves a classic roasted chicken and there are countless recipes in the world on to make the perfect one, and I certainly have my own that I stick to pretty much every time I have a craving for the comfort food that it is.What’s my secret?  Two things: 1) Butter and 2) fresh herbs. They’re stuffed right under the ... Read More »

Pumpkin Saffron Soup

Pumpkin Saffron Soup | My Halal Kitchen

‘Tis the season for lots and lots of pumpkins everywhere…and I definitely can’t bear to see them going to waste any time soon. So, if you don’t quite have the time to make baked desserts like pumpkin pies or pumpkin rolls from scratch, you can definitely make this quick and easy soup over the weekend, in a pinch. Having guests ... Read More »

GLOW Moisturizers Giveaway

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I was recently introduced to these new moisturizing creams called GLOW Moisturizers and have discovered some new and interesting things I never knew about the science of cosmetics creation as well as things that aren’t in moisturizers that make them even better. You can read more in my interview with Safiya Morgan, CEO & Founder of GLOW.    I was able to ... Read More »