Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

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 »

My Special Announcement: I’m Coming to a Home Near You!

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I’ve been really excited to make this announcement for months. With lots of projects related to food and cooking and much buzz around the My Halal Kitchen blog, I’ve finally decided to launch my In-Home (Halal) Cooking Classes in order to bring you everything I know about making every meal halal. I hope you’ll be as interested as I am excited ... Read More »

Multigrain French Toast

French Toast

Weekend mornings may be the default, albeit traditional time to make griddled things like pancakes and waffles, but this recipe is so quick and easy you can really make them any day of the week. I like to use multi-grain bread to make French toast (my favorite comes from Trader Joe’s). The honey in this recipe is optional, but I think it adds some welcome sweetness ... Read More »

Okra, South Indian Style

Curried Okra, South Indian Style

This recipe was given to me by a dear college friend, a Malaysian woman smarter than just about anyone I know. I think she was engineering student by day and master chef by night. She’s the one who introduced me to cooking with things like coconut milk, peanut oil and lots of cilantro. And wok cooking. I was fascinated by ... Read More »

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 »