Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

Hummus Cups

Hummus Cups Your Guests Will Love

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks around here. I’ve been visiting farmers’ markets everywhere I can here in Chicago and back home in Ohio. Did you see all the lovely produce I was able to capture? Needless to say, I’ve been busy with travel, family and my work here in and on My Halal Kitchen. I’ve met some wonderful people and gotten to know about the work they’re doing on ... Read More »

Chicago’s Green City Market and Roasted Chestnuts Recipe

Fall Gourds at the Green City Market

Saturday was a crisp fall morning perfect for heading out to any farmers’ market, even if  just to take a look at all of the beautiful fall colors existing within the produce: bright red beets, crisp green lettuces, orange pumpkins, gourds from green to yellow to orange, and of course apples in every shade of red imagineable. We needed to ... Read More »

Organic Ohio: Seasonal Salsa, Sicilian Swiss Chard and More

Dwarf Pear Tree in A Neighbor

Going back to Ohio this year at the cusp of summer’s end and the start of fall was a really blessed opportunity to appreciate what’s so beautiful about rural communities, ethnic neighborhoods and simple, all-American living. I was born here, raised here, and spent some of my best years in the nooks and crannies of this rustic place. I rode ... Read More »

Savory Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritter | My Halal Kitchen

At the end of every summer, it’s easy to take the plethora of zucchini and other types of summer squash for granted. In my experience, people are trying to give it away because they have so much, and if they can’t give it to you as-is, they’ll try to give it to you in the form of zucchini bread! This ... Read More »

Culinary Delights at Northeast Ohio Farmers’ Markets

Ohio Markets

This year during my stay in Ohio I tried to visit as many farmers’ markets and produce stands as possible so that I could get a grasp on the local food buzz- who’s who in local farming and vending and what’s the trend for organic and sustainable products. The Tremont Farmers’ Market & the tower at Cleveland’s West Side Market located ... Read More »

Quick Pickled Peppers

Pickling Peppers

I’ve been really enjoying my time in Ohio among all the backyard gardeners in my family and in our neighborhood. Needless to say, I have been overwhelmed with the amount of produce people have gifted us, but found that pickling was the answer to enjoy the sweet and the hot peppers from my aunt’s garden. In general, the pickling process ... Read More »

Halal in Cleveland

Halal in Cleveland- Sahara Supermarket

For a city not ranked as one of the largest in the U.S., Cleveland has a lot to offer in the way of halal foods. There’s an area on Cleveland’s west side that is home to a large Arab-American population, many of whom are of Palestinian descent and Muslims who seek out halal foods. Within just a few blocks of ... Read More »

Italian Lamb Stew

Italian Lamb with Peppers

‘Eid Mubarak to you and your families! May all your fasts and prayers be accepted.  We’ve fasted the month of Ramadan and now it’s time to enjoy the celebration of ‘Eid with family and friends. Lamb dishes are usually a must on ‘Eid day celebrations, but every culture has a different, delicious way of making it. I love this way of preparing the ... Read More »

Paula Wolfert’s Recipe for Anatolian Purslane, Lamb and Lentil Stew

Paula Wolfert

Paula Wolfert, an expert in Moroccan cooking and the award-winning author of cookbooks about Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine has honored us with her summer’s end recipe for Anatolian Purslane, Lamb and Lentil Stew. It’s just perfect for the last iftar meal of this Ramadan or to serve up to guests during one of the three days of the upcoming ‘Eid celebration. Among her many interesting cookbooks ... Read More »

Tangy Lime & Sumac Summer Salad

Tangy Lime and Sumac Summer Salad

While still experiencing the heat of the summer, it’s always nice to have a refreshing, light salad to accompany other summer foods. I love this salad not only because I love the addition of  lime juice to salads, but I also love sumac, the dried, crushed and ground fruit of the sumac flower typical of the Mediterranean. Sumac also gives a ... Read More »