Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

Fruit Chaat

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The perfect starter to a Ramadan Iftar meal, this deliciously-spiced fruit salad recipe was submitted by reader Shazia Wahid. From experience, I know it tastes just as good as it looks and it’s the quintessential dish to appear at an Indo-Pakistani Iftar table during Ramadan.   Fruit ChaatBy Yvonne Maffei Published: July 17, 2013Yield: 4 cups (4 Servings)Prep: 15 minsA ... Read More »

Silver Envelope + My Halal Kitchen = Sweet Dawah Kits for Ramadan, Eid and Islam

My Halal Kitchen for Silver Envelope Sweet Dawah Ramadan and Eid Cupcake and Cookie Kits

One of the most incredibly satisfying parts of my work this year has been a collaboration with the wonderfully creative founder of Silver Envelope, Raana Smith. She’s brilliant, has an eye for design and is a really nice person- and that’s what made this project so special. Raana and I worked together to combine our interests in food, beautiful packaging ... Read More »

Latvian Breakfast Buns

Latvian Breakfast Buns

This recipe was submitted to Our Global Table (Ummah Kitchen) by Maria Kovalova. I think they look amazing! Preparation time: approx. 1 hour Yields 10 buns Cook time: 15-25 minutes Ingredients 2 cups flour 1 egg 1 cup of lookwarm water 2 teaspoons dry yeast 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2-3 tablespoons ... Read More »

What is a Halal Pantry?

Meals are quick and easy when you stock up on things that will supplement fresh meats and produce. Keep some of these items on hand to prepare everyday halal meals to create your own halal pantry.  If the item is highlighted, click on the link to see what the item looks like and how to use it. Related Pages: The ... Read More »

Linguine with Spinach, Mushrooms & Garlic

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If there is any one pasta dish you should make this week, it’s this one. Whether you’re a Meatless Monday subscriber (or any day of the week you plan to go vegetarian) or a strict vegetarian, this dish is savory, delicious and filling. Perhaps the trick is using fully aromatic Crimini mushrooms whose texture is full and meaty, giving your ... Read More »

How to Store & Preserve Olive Oil Properly

Olive oil is a staple in my house. I use it for everything from salads to cooking (lightly, not deep frying or anything intense like that). I don’t use one particular brand all the time because I like to try different things, but there is a method I like to use to keep it fresher longer and to make sure ... Read More »

Arroz con Gandules | Puerto Rican Rice with Pigeon Peas

Puerto Rican, Rice, Arroz

I grew up eating arroz con gandules, that quintessential rice dish that every Puerto Rican family has their own version of making. Most of the time it was made con pollo, or with chicken, but it was also made vegetarian, too. My mom is an American-born Puerto Rican whose family was very traditional in their foodways so this dish was always at ... Read More »

Baked Salmon with Dill & Thyme Recipe + Tips for Cooking Salmon

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Salmon is one of the easiest types of fish to make on a regular basis. It’s thick texture stays together nicely when cooking, so whether you’re frying, grilling or baking it, it tends to stay together really well.  This is great news for novice cooks or those who are a little intimidated to cook fish at all.  And winter is ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest

Buttermilk Pancakes with Orange Zest | My Halal Kitchen

Winter weekend mornings are the perfect time to cozy up to a pancake breakfast. I can eat them without all the side fixings of eggs and {halal} sausages, as long as the pancakes are flavorful. That’s why I like to make these pancakes with creamy buttermilk and the zing of citrus zest or peels. You could replace the orange with ... Read More »

A Conversation with Monica Bhide + a Giveaway of Her Modern Spice Cookbook

Giveaway of Modern Spice by Monica Bhide | My Halal Kitchen

If you don’t know who Monica Bhide is, perhaps you’re not reading enough books, magazines or essays about food because this woman is everywhere. She’s a Virginia-based food writer who writes beautifully about how our lives, cultures and emotions are influenced by food.  She has written books, has an iSpice app every cook can use and recently launched a line of spiced chocolates ... Read More »