Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

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 »

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 »