Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

Mediterranean Spiced Grilled Chicken

This is such a quick summer dish. Use herbs that are ready for picking, which come perfectly paired with grilled chicken. You can use dried herbs for this dish, but the flavor will not be as intense as using the fresh ones. Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 lb. thigh or breast boneless, skinless chicken (5 pieces) 3 cloves garlic, minced juice of 1-½ ... Read More »

Citrus-Herb Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps With Tomatoes & Feta

                  There’s nothing more enjoyable in the summer than no-fuss food.  Fresh produce and great halal chicken are all you need in this recipe, allowing time for more fun in the sun without sacrificing great flavor.Serves 4-6 Ingredients for the Grilled Chicken Herb & Citrus Sauce (recipe follows) ¼ cup olive oil 1 lb. ... Read More »

Baked Phyllo Cups with Sauteed Mushrooms & Warmed Goat Cheese

These appetizers are so tasty it’s hard to eat just one. Your guests will probably want several, so be sure to make at least triple for the amount of people you’re expecting. You can also substitute ground beef or turkey for an alternative to this vegetarian version. If you’re not fond of goat cheese, fresh mozzarella is a fine substitute. ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market Salad

Strolling through the farmer’s market on a humid summer morning is enough inspiration to seek out the best salad ingredients you can find. I returned recently with beautiful radishes and purple scallions. Combining that with my balcony garden herbs made this a super local food.   Ingredients ½ bunch radishes, julienned 1 cucumber, seeds removed, sliced lengthwise 3 scallions, cut ... Read More »

Quinoa with Swiss Chard, Garlic & Tomatoes

I went out to my balcony garden and found the swiss chard growing towards the sky, big and strong. It was so pretty to look at, but at some point I had to realize that I grew it for food and needed to do something with it. I wanted to make pasta but had none in the cupboard. I did ... Read More »

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I know this isn’t the best time to ask anyone to part with their hard-earned money. Believe me, I know just about as much as anyone that being frugal is smart. When you need something for your kitchen, you want to get a deal, so I always say to go with the best quality things, from the best quality stores you can afford. ... Read More »

If You’re really Into Molecular Gastronomy…or Don’t Even Know What It Is

octopus at Alinea (www.alinea-restaurant.com)

Check out this site by Martin Lersch about molecular gastronomy and the science of cooking. It’s interesting cooking, done with super modern techniques that use nitrogen and other methods to create incredibly rare menus.  If you’re from Chicago or are a super foodie, think Grant Achatz and how he artistically designs and cooks food at Alinea. If you’re like me and dream of visiting ... Read More »

My Cactus Plant is Flowering! And I Don’t Live in the Desert…

Yellow Cactus Flower

  I’m not only amazed by the fact that my cactus is growing and thriving here in the Midwest, but now it’s flowering! This is just too beautiful to keep to myself. I wish everyone the same joy in caring for plants that mine bring to me. I’m grateful to friends and family like my mother-in-law who was thoughtful enough ... Read More »

Custom Embroidered Halal Kitchen Aprons

Full Length of Apron

Get your very own beautifully designed, custom embroidered halal kitchen aprons. It’s fully covering for the messiest jobs in the kitchen and a comfortable cotton-polyester mix washes well on the delicate cycle of your washing machine.        $20 each (tax included)                Care instructions: machine wash delicate cycle, spot bleach away from embroidery.     MHK Apron Colors Basil Green $20.00 Blueberry Blue ... Read More »

About Citrus Zest

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Did you know that most citrus fruits were traditionally grown for their zest, not for their fruits?  When you zest, or peel away the skin of citrus, you get all the flavor of a lemon, lime or orange in this skin- without all the acidity of the flesh. One has to just be careful not to zest too much of the outside ... Read More »