Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

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 »

Eat Right During Ramadan and Win $25 of FREE My Halal Kitchen Products

Italian Plums

I’m more than happy to participate in a very beneficial project for women and girls. It’s called the Heart Women & Girl’s Project committed to empowering women and girls in interfaith and community settings by building self-esteem and leadership through health and wellness.  Last year, I gave a presentation to young girls at their first ever health workshop for Muslim ... Read More »

How to Roast Garlic

How to Roast Garlic | My Halal Kitchen

Raw garlic is a bit…raw. And Strong. Don’t get me wrong, I love garlic. Maybe too much. There is a way, however, to soften the taste of garlic and pack a punch of flavor to certain recipes by using oven-roasted garlic. From here on out, I’ll often refer to roasted garlic in many recipes, linking back to this page for you to see ... Read More »

Peppers & Tomatoes Stuffed with Couscous…and a Drizzle of Lemon Olive Oil

Pre-Cooked Peppers

It’s a common Mediterranean and Middle Eastern culinary habit to stuff vegetables with a variety of grains such as rice or couscous as well as ground meats or nuts like pistachios. That said, this dish is amazingly versatile. If you don’t have peppers, you can substitute zucchinis or eggplants instead; if you don’t have couscous, try cooked rice or meat ... Read More »

A Spanish Iftar

Paella

My friends and I decided to get together for an Iftar (breaking of the fast dinner). We thought having a theme would be a great way to focus on the food, as well as make it easier to come up with dishes each one of us would be responsible to make. We got together a couple hours before sunset and ... Read More »

Baked Phyllo Shells with Scrambled Eggs: An Easy Suhoor

Breakfast Eggs in Phyllo Cups

What an easy recipe for suhoor (pre-dawn meal before fasting) for your family or for large gatherings such as a qiyam-al-layl (staying up all night for prayer). You can make the phyllo shells the day before and they’ll be just fine to fill them in with the freshly cooked scrambled eggs. For a savory appetizer using these wonderful, flaky homemade phyllo ... Read More »