Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

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 »

Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables | My Halal Kitchen

A day in the life of recipe testing goes a lot like this: Creamy Pasta with Roasted Vegetables  Read More »

Capturing Ramadan in Photos

Photographing Ramadan traditions around the world is a genius idea- what a way to educate, inform and inspire. I’m so glad much of it was captured through a competition called ‘Capture the Spirit of Ramadan’. Have you seen?  It took us on journeys to far away places where we could view amazing images of Ramadan traditions and Islamic culture around ... Read More »

How to Cut an Avocado

How to cut avocado

Have you ever really just wondered if there was a super quick and mess-free way to dig into an avocado, particularly the part where you grab the seed out with a knife like all the really cool chefs do on The Food Network? Well, I’ve had a lot of practice, being married to a man who is half Mexican- one ... Read More »

Molokhia

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It’s a wonder I haven’t posted this recipe earlier. I’ve been making it for many years and it’s considered on of our favorite healthy go-to soups, but I wasn’t sure how many others would be interested to know how make it.  After numerous requests, I had my answer. I really hope you’ll make it at home, too… Molokhia (soup with ... Read More »

Pickling Dill

Pickling Dill | My Halal Kitchen Pantry

When it’s pickling season you’ll see this in many grocery stores and farmers markets. It’s meant to add to vegetables, typically after you’ve boiled the produce with vinegar and sugar and any other spices during the canning process. Just wash, dry and add a small amount of dill to each jar before sealing tight. Have you ever tried this type ... Read More »

Mission Fig Jam

Mission Fig Jam | My Halal Kitchen

Fig season is one of my favorite times of year. It reminds me that the Fall season is soon on its way, that the intensity of the summer heat is over {usually} and it’s almost time to wrap myself up in a comfy sweater and curl up with a good book food magazine. It’s not dark very early or very ... Read More »

Healthy Snacking

Healthy Snacking Ideas | My Halal Kitchen

With kids back to school and everyone seeming to be on more of a straightforward schedule, it also seems to make mealtime more structured, though perhaps there’s less time to get full meals on the table in between homework and sports schedules. I don’t have kids, but juggle a hectic work schedule and I’m the only one cooking {most of ... Read More »

The Culinary History of Algerian Pastries {and Algerian Food in Chicago}

flickr photos of algerian pastries by Rachel Finn

Have you ever planned to spend a theme-filled day out?  We seem to do it a lot of this in Chicago since there are so many great neighborhoods to explore. For example, there are some great Swedish places to visit in Andersonville (delis, clothing stores, museum and cafes); the Pilsen neighborhood for some Latin flavor; Greektown for the cafes & ... Read More »

Quick Coffee Tip

Quick Coffee Tip | My Halal Kitchen

I love freshly ground coffee and since I do it myself without any type of grinder attachment to a coffee maker, it does take an extra few minutes and effort to get out the separate grinder, grind the coffee beans (which is loud, especially in the morning) and then deal with measuring and pouring the coffee, plus cleaning up the ... Read More »