Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

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 »

Coconut & Chocolate Macaroons

‘Eid Mubarak to all of you and your families! What are you doing to celebrate ‘Eid? What have you given as gifts to your family, friends and neighbors? What have you eaten and shared with those you love?  I have so many questions… Read More »

How to Make Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin Puree | My Halal Kitchen

Are you tired of pumpkin from a can? I most certainly am. I know it’s not the worst thing in the world, especially when there are some really good organic varieties out there, but I’d much rather have the fresh alternative without any hint of aluminum taste in the pumpkin. This is definitely the season for pumpkins- not just for ... Read More »

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 »