Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

Feta & Avocado Sandwich + A Recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise

Feta & Avocado Sandwich + A Recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise | My Halal Kitchen

Everyone has some sort of comfort food. Some people love cakes for soothing comfort; others love chicken noodle soup or a hearty chili.  For me, it’s always a sandwich: thick bread, a bit of mayo and mustard, and always some sort of cheese- extra cheese. Recently, I spent over a month in Cleveland with my family. After a few days there, ... Read More »

Cooking Video with Halal Healthy | Making Baked Phyllo with Sauteed Mushrooms and Goat Cheese

Over the summer during the ISNA convention in Chicago I was invited by Don Tymchuck, Founder and President of Med-Diet Laboratories, Inc. to conduct cooking demonstrations at his company’s Halal Healthy booth. Halal Healthy is a division of Med-Diet , selling halal products such as entrees, seasonings and 7-day care packs for those who may not have time or the ability to cook ... Read More »

Homemade Yogurt Cheese

homemade labneh

When I began this blog, one of the first recipes I shared with everyone was for homemade yogurt. If you have a yogurt maker, the recipe is ideal for going beyond yogurt to making yogurt cheese, commonly known as labneh in the Middle East. If you don’t want to make it yourself,  just start out with a good quality store-bought yogurt. Labneh is wonderful as a spread or dip any ... Read More »

Stuffed Chayote with Carne Molida | Caribbean Squash with Ground Beef

Chayote | Caribbean Squash

How do you decide which recipes to make daily or on special occasions? What sparks your interest? A good photo? A mouth-watering description in a cookbook? The smell of a particular food coming from a neighbor’s house? A memory of someone? For me, it’s usually a little bit of each, but this time tidbits of stories about my abuelita {grandmother} motivated me to hunt down chayote {a Caribbean ... Read More »

Vintage Kitchen Finds

vintage jars 400 vertical

I’m just crazy over vintage kitchen things. Though I’m not too fond of gadgets that clutter up the kitchen, I love anything that’s useful and sturdy. I love a good thrift store, garage sale, estate sale or flea market. I love the weight of old things. Ever notice how things made long ago are {still} sturdier than the things we have now?  Of course ... Read More »

Sweet Bread Rolls

Sweet Bread Rolls

You might not have heard much from me lately, but rest assured I’m in the kitchen cooking up lots of recipes to share with all of you. I’m home- in Ohio, helping family get through some pretty difficult times. Amidst it all, the baking and cooking, testing and developing healthy and halal dishes I think you’ll love is motivating me ... Read More »

Food Styling for a Halal Ad Campaign by IFANCA

Chicken Breast with Colorful Peppers and Lemons

I can’t tell you all how excited I am to finally be able to talk about this- my first time professionally styling food for a TV commercial! It was many months ago that I prepped the food and made it look pretty for the camera, but our lips were sealed until IFANCA, the Islamic Food & Nutrition Council of America, ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie Not From a Can

Pumpkin Pie Not From a Can | My Halal Kitchen

I could eat Pumpkin Pie any time of year. It just so happens that because pumpkins are seasonal in the fall here in the Midwest, I truly crave this exact type of pie at this exact time of the year. I love the smell of fresh pumpkin so I began to steam small pie pumpkins myself, also known as sugar pumpkins. I ... Read More »

How to Preserve Canned Tomato Paste Once It’s Opened

Paglicacci Tomato Paste

Do you ever open up a can of tomato paste for just one tablespoon required for your recipe and then you’re left with most of the can open or with the cut metal lid semi-open,semi-closed? The paste begins to blacken a bit after a couple of days. Pretty soon, if you haven’t closed it properly, the whole can goes moldy ... Read More »

Vegetable & Basil Penne Pasta

Basil and vegetables  Penne

I’m often asked by readers to provide quick and easy meals for busy families. To be quite honest, I’m really not a cook who goes out of her way to make most things, so quick and easy is my preferred style. I don’ t have the time or the desire (usually) to complicate my life by running back and forth ... Read More »