Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

Lemon-Lime Granita

With so much produce left over from the cooking demonstrations I conducted at the ISNA convention over 4th of July weekend, I had to come up with ways to use and preserve the goods. This lemon-lime granita is just one of the ways I used over 80 limes and 60 lemons left from our beautiful display. Granita, similar to a ... Read More »

Is it Halal? How to Figure Out What’s In Ethnic & American Foods

Restaurant Tortellini

Based on my own experience with a variety of world cultures and foreign languages, trying everything from food in the the US, Mexico, Southern Europe and the UK, I’ve developed these tips for deciphering specialty foods, international cuisine menus and grocery items so you’ll know what to watch out for whether you’re dining out, shopping or staying in places like ... Read More »

My Interview with Jules Dervaes of The Path to Freedom: The Modern Urban Homestead

Dervaes/UrbanHomestead.org

Many of you who follow this blog or actively participate on the MHK Facebook Page probably remember my several mentions of the Dervaes Family, the nearly self-sufficient Californians who garden just about every inch of their modest Pasadena home and even sell their harvest to local chefs and restauranteurs. I first learned about Jules Dervaes a few years ago while watching a ... Read More »

Halal Kitchen Demos at the ISNA Convention: All Four Recipes

The ISNA Convention is over and I’m still reflecting on the wonderful experience it was.  I’m simply amazed by the level of interest and excitment everyone had for My Halal Kitchen. We set up shop at the Crescent Foods and Halal Healthy booths to conduct four total cooking demonstrations and to promote the halal recipes on this site, as well as sell our custom ... Read More »

Rice Paper Rolls with Mango & Shrimp Stuffing and Orange-Lime Asian Sauce for Dipping

This recipe is unbelievably simple and there’s absolutely no cooking involved- a perfect crowd pleaser for these hot summer days. Use the freshest ingredients, including oranges and limes, instead of juices or concentrates which really makes a difference in the resulting taste. Makes 10 rolls (20 servings)  Rice Paper Roll Ingredients 2 ounces rice vermicelli noodles ½ lb. tiny cooked shrimp or ... Read More »

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 »