Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

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 »

Ramadan Recipes App is Now the My Halal Kitchen App!

My Halal Kitchen Recipes App for iPhone

It’s hard to believe it’s  almost been a year since we started working on the Ramadan Recipes app for iPhone and iPad. Batoul Apps, the super talented developers and technological brain behind the app, have done an amazing job to lay out the recipes I developed, tested and photographed. In the past year, we’ve been working on some updates, including the ... Read More »

Caribbean Shrimp Salad

Caribbean Shrimp Salad | My Halal Kitchen

I used to do a lot of traveling in the winter months- short escapes to warmer climates like anywhere in Florida or south of the border to Mexico.  Coming from the Midwest, I was indeed a  young snow bird of sorts. Sometimes I did it with the excuse of studying (i.e. taking intensive Spanish language courses in Merida, Yucatan Peninsula ... Read More »

Sponsored Video: Global Cuisine with Saffron Road Foods

Global Cuisine with Saffron Road | My Halal Kitchen

I love international cuisine and I love traveling the world to seek them out. Of course that’s not always possible, so here are some ways to get global flavors conveniently and of course, halal. Enjoy! Video sponsored by Saffron Road foods. Read More »

Three Quick Baking Tips for Cocoa Lovers

Three Quick Tips for Cocoa Lovers | My Halal Kitchen

I absolutely love sharing tips with readers. It is so enjoyable to pass on things I’ve learned from doing or things that have been passed down to me by those who were willing to share culinary knowledge, which I believe is incredibly valuable to any home cook.  When I’m in the process of doing something, it’s exceptionally enjoyable to share ... Read More »

Amara Halal Cosmetics: A Glossy Giveaway!

Amara Halal Cosmetics Giveaway | My Halal Kitchen

A few years ago I got rid of all my makeup that had any sort of dangerous or questionable ingredients (i.e. chemicals like parabens and petrochemicals that are allegedly linked to cancers, ones I couldn’t understand or that contained pork by-products).  That didn’t leave me with but a few brands I found at Whole Foods Market, The Vitamin Shoppe, or the plant-based makeup by Origins. Thankfully, ... Read More »

How to Remove Seeds From a Pomegranate + Make Pomegranate Punch

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It seems as though pomegranate juice has been all the rage for several years, although it may now be surpassed by the marketing of the benefits of the acai berry.  I hope these unique fruits aren’t forgotten any time soon because they’re absolutely delicious and so beneficial to health, as they are full antioxidants and excellent for heart health. They ... Read More »

What Exactly is a Persimmon?

If you’re wondering whether a persimmon is some type of tomato or if it’s even a fruit or a vegetable, let me tell you that the most I know is it’s a fruit that grows and is consumed widely in Mediterranean climates during the winter, although it’s also consumed widely in Asia, too. Hachiya Persimmon Fruit  As Mediterranean blooded as ... Read More »

Winter Salad with Cranberries & Nuts

Winter Salad with Cranberries | My Halal Kitchen

You might not think of salads as a winter time food, but actually this is one of my favorite times of year to enjoy them. Citrus is at its best in the winter, though it’s obviously not growing up here in the Midwest; it’s coming from wonderful groves in Florida, Arizona and California.  You can find fragrant meyer lemons, oranges ... Read More »

Savory Party Snack Mix

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Party season is well underway, whether you get into it or not. People are off work and ready to gather with family and friends to enjoy some great food. And almost everyone laments eating all that rich food and all those amazing cookies and other sweets that seem to find their way on your plate– even if that plate is ... Read More »