Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

A Conversation with Monica Bhide + a Giveaway of Her Modern Spice Cookbook

Giveaway of Modern Spice by Monica Bhide | My Halal Kitchen

If you don’t know who Monica Bhide is, perhaps you’re not reading enough books, magazines or essays about food because this woman is everywhere. She’s a Virginia-based food writer who writes beautifully about how our lives, cultures and emotions are influenced by food.  She has written books, has an iSpice app every cook can use and recently launched a line of spiced chocolates ... Read More »

Forcing Winter Bulbs: Amaryllis and Paperwhites

I just posted an article about how to force winter branches, which is probably the less common type of winter forcing of plants that is done in comparison to forcing bulbs, mainly because success rates are higher (i.e. branches can be damaged when cut or improper storage and hydration of the branches may result in blossoms falling off) but also ... Read More »

How to Force Winter Branches

I absolutely love bringing color indoors all year long, but in the winter it seems like more of a necessity than anything- to lift up the darkness outside (and how early it comes) and bring in a natural pop of color. It’s also fun to go out looking for branches to bring indoors and be surprised by the type of ... Read More »

MHK Recipes and a Q & A Column in SISTERS Magazine

For several years now I’ve been working with the fabulous women of Sisters, a U.K.-based magazine for Muslim women.  I began contributing recipes at first, then articles on cooking basics (i.e. a cooking school on the monthly pages of the magazine). Now I’m contributing quick weeknight meal recipes, as well as offering answers to some of your most pressing cooking questions ... Read More »

Our Galena Getaway

Galena Getaway | My Halal Kitchen

Recently my husband announced that he had some vacation days he wanted to use to get a little rest and relaxation. It wasn’t a very convenient time for me as I had deadlines and commitments to prepare for that I felt would be pushed down if I went away. I basically resisted a mini-vacation not realizing how much I needed ... Read More »

10 Recipes for Halal Grub on Superbowl Sunday

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If there’s one thing I’ll take on Superbowl Sunday, it’s the fun of planning and executing the game-day menu. I’m not a fan of football, though. I don’t really know the rules of the game, despite being a cheerleader (which was a long time ago) and attending countless Friday night games during high school. Realistically, most of us girls were ... Read More »

Four Great Products to Try This Year + a Giveaway

Four Great Products to Try in 2013 | My Halal Kitchen

One of the best things about my job and what most chefs would probably agree on is that we get to try an amazing array of foods and products as part of our work. I’ve been fortunate enough to come across products simply by visiting restaurants and grocery stores or by connecting with purveyors of quality products who are eager to ... Read More »

15 Smart Things You Can Do to Avoid the Flu

15 Ways to Avoid the Flu | My Halal Kitchen

Everyone knows the flu is absolutely no fun. In fact, from what I’ve heard it’s absolutely horrible this year. Actually, there are several types of flu going around that are quite scary- one was more respiratory while the other was gastrointestinal. What’s really bad is that both came earlier than the normal flu season this year, indicating that there’s likely ... Read More »

Holy Land Olives

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Recently, my husband re-connected with an old college friend he hadn’t seen in years. As it turns out, when they reconnected many of their mutual friends wanted to have a small reunion.  That led to a dinner invitation extended to not just the guys but their growing families, as well- and a very special take-home gift for me: olives from ... Read More »

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe: A Winter Necessity

Chicken Soup Recipe | My Halal Kitchen

The flu is hitting a lot of people hard right now. On the local news here in Chicago, we’ve been told that area hospital emergency rooms are swamped with people being treated for the flu- heavy coughing and sneezing that they just can’t shake off without medical attention. And flu season hasn’t even officially begun.   In our house, we’ve ... Read More »