Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

New! Colored Aprons Make the Perfect Holiday Gift for Your Favorite Cook (or Yourself)

MHK Aprons in Various Colors

I’m so excited to announce the arrival of our new apron colors. We still have the traditional Creme Fraiche White aprons, but have added a few more fun colors to the mix. My Halal Kitchen aprons now come in the following colors: Blueberry Blue, Basil Green, Strawberry Red and Coffee Brown! Perfect for those who cook with foods and spices that are ... Read More »

Easy ‘Eid Recipes

Hajj season has begun, at the end of which Muslims the world over will celebrate ‘Eid al-Adha, the second of two Muslim holidays in the lunar calendar year. Most people will have small or large gatherings, though not as large as ‘Eid al-Fitr, or the celebration that marks the end of the month of fasting during Ramadan. That said, doesn’t ... Read More »

Chocolate Mousse Cups | ‘Eid Bazaar Baking

Handmade Moroccan Candles

I had the great fortune of being able to do a little baking for a local school bazaar this past weekend. Teachers were raising money to fund the children’s Hajj re-enactment program where the kids learn how to properly perform the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. You see, it’s Hajj ‘season’, meaning that most piligrims from all over the world ... Read More »

Nomination for a Brass Crescent Award; Cooking Halal Radio Show

Brass Crescent logo

I was simply stunned Wednesday morning to find out that I was nominated under the category of Best Female Blogger for writing My Halal Kitchen, in the 7th Annual Brass Crescent Awards. Deeply humbled and incredibly honored to be nominated among other talented writers, I wish everyone the best and ask you to please visit the voting site here. If you’re not familiar ... Read More »

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts and Corn

Brussels Sprouts and Corn

Right now, it’s Brussels sprouts season and you can find them fresh at many local grocery stores throughout the Midwest. Places like Trader Joe’s even carry stalks of them this time of year. Unfortunately, Brussels sprouts get a bad rap because there used to be few good recipes to entice one into actually savoring what these little green veggies can do for the palate, ... Read More »

Meet Chief Halal Officer Adnan Durrani and Saffron Road Halal Frozen Entrees

Saffron Road Chicken Biryani

It wasn’t too long ago that I first heard about Saffron Road, halal frozen entrees that are now sold at Whole Foods stores. At first glance, I thought they were just another frozen ethnic entree that would be out of reach for halal-eating Muslims. Upon closer look at the packaging, I noticed the words Halal Cuisine. Digging a bit further, I ... Read More »

Good Eats in San Diego

Fish Tacos at Roberto

We recently had a wonderful five day trip to one of my favorite places- San Diego, California. My sister in law decided on a destination vacation in the nearby coastal gem town of La Jolla, so…twist my arm. In between preparing for the at-home pre-wedding dinner the evening before and all the wedding-related shopping and errands, we did manage to get in ... Read More »

Easy Appetizer: Egg Salad and Baby Shrimp on Toast

Egg salad and Baby Shrimp on Toast

If you’ve already got egg salad on hand, this is a super quick appetizer to prepare. If not, here’s my recipe for a healthy and quick egg salad to get you started. This appetizer came about on a day when I was busy working, unprepared to cook and not feeling well enough to put out a spread of my usual fan fare ... Read More »

Egg Salad

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Once you’ve got a great recipe for egg salad, there’s so much you can do with it: serve it up in a sandwich or parcel it out for appetizers. Either way, I really love the versatility of this dish and the fact that it’s nutritious and always a crowd pleaser. Start out with the freshest, cage-free, organic eggs, if possible. ... Read More »

Butternut Squash Soup

Finished Butternut Squash Soup

It’s amazing to think that a vegetable such as the butternut squash, so hard on the outside, can actually be broken into and puréed down to something as fine as a soup. subhanallah. Choose those with firm exteriors and no sign of bruising. They are a bit tough to chop, but that’s a good sign. You don’t want to start ... Read More »