Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

Slow-Roasted Moroccan Mechoui

I’m really thrilled to bring you the next ‘Eid ul Adha recipe from Christine (Amina) Benlafquih, a journalist, wife and mother living in Morocco since 2000 who writes everything you want to know about Moroccan food at About.com. She has so many wonderful recipes, tips, and insights about Moroccan cuisine and culinary traditions that if you’re interested in this part of the ... Read More »

Baked Pita Chips

Baked Pita | My Halal Kitchen

If you’re having a party this ‘Eid (or any time), you’ll definitely want to make your own pita chips instead of buying them- they’re that easy {and quick} to make and are hearty enough to scoop up hummus or your favorite chip dip. Baked Pita Chips- homemade and healthy   Read More »

Creamy Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip | My Halal Kitchen

The last article I posted was about how to put together and decorate a beautiful ‘Eid appetizer table and I hope you were inspired by the tips and ideas for serving ware and the quick and easy foods you can offer your guests. One of the dishes mentioned still needs a recipe to go along with it, so here it ... Read More »

Create A Beautiful ‘Eid Appetizer Table This Fall

Eid Appetizer Table | My Halal Kitchen

I love entertaining during the holidays more than any other time of year. It gives me the opportunity to do what I love most: make healthy gourmet meals for the people I care about most and to show gratitude and respect for that time of year when it truly feels celebratory and special.  Read More »

Contemplating the Many Meanings of Sacrifice This ‘Eid ul Adha {PLUS a Giveaway from Silver Envelope}

by Raana Smith My Eid-al-Adha 2012 checklist:  Read More »

Softened Red Potatoes & Parsley

Red Potatoes & Parsley | My Halal Kitchen

My mom used to make these potatoes often when I was growing up. I’m not quite sure where she got the recipe, but she used to read a lot of cookbooks and magazines to get ideas, and when a dish worked (i.e we all liked it), she kept making it. Read More »

Bruschetta with Tomatoes, Garlic and Cheese

Bruschetta with Brown Tomatoes, Garlic and Cheese

Finger foods aren’t just for parties. When it’s really hot outside, I don’t like to get too complicated in the kitchen. When it’s cold outside, I like comfort food. Bread and cheese fit in both of these categories, so here comes my recipe for simple Bruschetta, or Italian toasts. They can be made on the grill if you don’t want to ... Read More »

Cooking Video: Apple & Acorn Squash Soup

apples for squash soup

This is by far one of my absolute favorite Fall soups. I look forward to it every year because it utilizes fresh, seasonal and local ingredients for us here in the Midwest, but wherever you are, you can try it with your own similar local ingredients, too.  This video explains how to make it and my preference for Saffron Road’s ... Read More »

“Food, Faith & Culture” on CBS is Now Online- and Take a Look At Our Day Spent Filming

CBS Food Faith and Culture | My Halal Kitchen

Many of you have already heard about the recent airing of the CBS program, “Food, Faith & Culture” of which I was honored to be included in as it highlighted the influence of faith and culture on food. The program, produced by Liz Kineke of CBS Religion & Culture, covered a kosher restaurant in Brooklyn that’s setting the standards for ... Read More »

Stuffed Figs with Yogurt Cheese & Topped with Honey, Almonds and Walnuts

Stuffed Figs with Creme Fraiche, Honey & Almonds | My Halal Kitchen

I never used to proclaim a favorite season, mainly because  to me, all seasons without extreme temperatures are beautiful in and of themselves. Each one has something special about it and something I attach to it, whether it’s food, activity or travel-related. I’ve noticed, however, that year after year the one time I have come to appreciate most is the ... Read More »