Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

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

Fig, Pine Nut, Garlic & Herb Stuffing

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

rosle thermometer giveaway

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 »

Photos from the First 2014 IFANCA Workshop on Halal & Healthy

Winner at IFANCA Halal & Healthy Workshops | My Halal Kitchen

Last month I had the pleasure and honor of working with IFANCA (Islamic Food & Nutrition Council of America) to present a new series of Halal & Healthy Workshops (we’ve done this in the past), this time focusin on how our bodies and minds work to desire certain flavors, textures and qualities of food. In the workshop we talk about ... Read More »

How to Eat Halal While Traveling

Halal Cart Niagara Falls, NY | My Halal Kitchen

Traveling across the state or across the world can be exciting and a chance to re-charge your internal batteries, a welcome a change of pace and scenery. Finding halal food in the sky or on the road, however, isn’t always as easy. Even though the word halal is beginning to penetrate common everyday lingo across the United States and Europe, ... Read More »

Is There a Link Between Sugar & Disease?

Secrets of Sugar  Documentary | My Halal Kitchen

I found a pretty remarkable video online that I think really articulates a lot of what I’ve been wanting to share for a very long time, all compiled into a 45-minute piece of staggering information about the connection between sugar with consumer wellness and how industry associations and food manufacturers place it in food products in quantities that are pretty surprising ... Read More »

How to Find a Culinary School That Will Accommodate for Halal Cooking and Baking

Q & A with Yvonne of My Halal Kitchen

I get this question so often and find myself answering the same thing over and over so I finally realized it was time to share with so many of you who are wondering “how in the world can I go to culinary school when everything in the classes touches, contains or deals with pork or alcohol in some way, shape ... Read More »