Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

Homemade Banana Pudding

If you’re a regular reader of My Halal Kitchen, you probably know that I keep frozen bananas in my refrigerator at all times- not because I necessarily must have a stash on hand, but because we just normally don’t eat them fast enough. When they’re mature- just beginning to brown- I throw them in the freezer and save for some ... Read More »

Swedish Crab Canapes

Snails and Real Crab Meat

Ok, I know I’m really pushing this whole Scandinavian food thing here. Most people weren’t really turned on to the Norwegian Veal Scallops in Cream Sauce. Why? I have no idea, because when you actually try them you’ll truly enjoy veal in a whole new way you’ve not probably tried before. Open minds and open taste buds are critical aspects ... Read More »

Scandinavian Dishes Made Halal: Norwegian Veal Scallops in Cream Sauce

Norwegian Dishes Made Halal

My most recent food interest has cast me far away into the land of the Nordic countries of Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. I never imagined I would find such an incredibly clean and tasty way of cooking and choosing ingredients from lands far colder than Chicago. I’ve learned by watching cooking shows such as New Scandinavian Cooking and A Perfect ... Read More »

Purple Scalloped Potatoes

Tonight I made a dish that even surprised me- purple potatoes. I saw them in a local Asian market and wondered if they were a South American variety I’d seen before at a dinner with Peruvian friends years ago. I knew these weren’t fingerling or heirloom potatoes because they are the size of Idaho potatoes, only purple instead of brown. ... Read More »

Chocolate Bread Recipe & A Bit About Chocolate Liquor

Several weeks ago I took a chocolate tasting class taught by my friend, chocolatier and author, Annmarie Kostyk. I didn’t really know what to expect exactly, but I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I actually learned about eating chocolate for good health. I just have to share it here with all of you! I arrived at Le Flour, ... Read More »

FREE POM Juice Giveaway

  The makers of POM Wonderful have been generous enough to provide My Halal Kitchen with the opportunity to give away FREE POM (pomegranate) juice! For those of you who don’t know about POM, it’s a wonderful, healthy drink high in antioxidants. Check out the POM Wonderful website for a more extensive look at the clinical research data they provide on ... Read More »

Frittata al Tonno (Tuna Omelet)

What’s so ironic about writing about food and testing recipes all day is that I find myself looking for quicker meals to make than I ever have before. I work two steps away from my kitchen, yet most days I have very little time to make extravagent meals. Well, I figure many others are just as busy and most people have ... Read More »

Lamb Chops in Creamy Mint Sauce

I’ve been told that I’m obsessed with lamb, which is not quite the case although I do love the taste and versatility of how it can be prepared. When you have a lot of this type of meat on hand- as we do now- you have to come up with clever and interesting ways to cook it to make it ... Read More »

Udhiyah Lamb & Lentil Stew

I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to cook the freshest lamb possible, something we really only get once a year. Today when we picked up our Udhiya (also known as Qurbani, or the sacrificial meat of ‘Eid ul Adha time) at Mediterranean Oasis (Naperville, IL) I had no idea how I would be cooking it. I just knew it had to ... Read More »

At The Martha Stewart Show 1st Annual Pie Bake-Off

It’s been several weeks since I’ve returned from New York City and the Martha Stewart Pie Show. I still feel elated by just being there, as it was truly one of the most exciting things a foodie like myself could ever be invited to attend.   The moment I received the invitation to bring my own homemade pie to be judged by some of ... Read More »