Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

Contemplating the Many Meanings of Sacrifice on ‘Eid al Adha

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

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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 »

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 »