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Yvonne Maffei

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup | My Halal Kitchen

It’s easy to enjoy the flavor of summer during our cold and blistery winter months, if you’ve jarred or preserved your own fresh tomatoes or have a favorite brand to buy. I love this recipe for creamy tomato soup because it reminds me of summer without worrying about having to use a fresh seasonal product.  Although it is creamy, I ...

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Insalata Caprese

Insalata Caprese | My Halal Kitchen

Just because it’s not summer, it doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in a craving for fresh produce and a taste of sunny Italy…at least I don’t deny myself that when I find great organic tomatoes, fresh basil and of course the best fresh mozzarella around. It’s such a treat and takes away some of those winter blues.   Choose ...

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Pine Nuts

Pine Nuts | Halal Pantry- My Halal Kitchen

Pine nuts, often referred to as pignole (Italian) in the culinary world, are a beautiful addition to so many of my favorite recipes. Pine nuts are the seed from pine cones of the pinyon tree or stone pine, which produce larger seeds that the type of pine trees in the Midwest and the main reason we can’t just grow pine nuts ...

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How to Make Gravy

finished gravy

Making gravy is sometimes an intimidating  task, but it doesn’t have to be! In fact, once you try it out and practice a few times, it’s super rewarding to know that you don’t have to rely on any type of packet to make it.  These are the main store-bought ingredients I use: unbleached flour, chicken broth, spiced cider, salt and pepper. ...

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