Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

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 »

Eating Local- What it Means and How To Do It

Eating Local Book Giveaway | My Halal Kitchen

Local food products are quite the buzz lately. Any time you shop at the supermarket and see products like local honey or local jams, they’re typically strategically placed where fresh produce is to give you the feeling of shopping at an outdoor market. Speaking of those, farmers markets are the place to be on a Saturday morning where local products ... Read More »

An Interview with Kathy Hester and the Vegan Slow Cooker Giveaway

Vegan Slow Cooker & Interview of Kathy Hester | My Halal Kitchen

I love cookbooks that offer interesting ways to cook familiar recipes while addressing the need to put healthy meals on the table despite our hectic lives as well as the need for economical ingredients that stretch to feed the whole family. What an added bonus it is to have a book that also offers hearty recipes without the meat for ... Read More »

Michael Natkin and the Herbivoracious Cookbook Giveaway

Herbivoracious by Michael Natkin | My Halal Kitchen

Several months ago I attended the Eat Write Retreat event for food writers and bloggers, which took place in Washington, D.C. It was a weekend filled with discussions and a chance to meet some very interesting people in the food industry.  Cookbook author Michael Natkin was one of those people. He talked about the process of writing Herbivoracious, an incredibly ... Read More »

Mediterranean Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is one of my all-time favorite soups. I can’t believe I waited until the end of Ramadan to finally make a huge pot, but it’ll keep us nice and happy for the last few days of it, insha’allah. Check out the giveaway at the end for a chance to get some of the same wholesome ingredients found in ... Read More »

Patchi’s Final Ramadan Giveaway

If you’ve  been paying attention to the many giveaways we’ve brought to you this season, you know that Patchi has been spoiling us with some incredible chocolate offerings that showcase their delicious varieties catering to our Ramadan and ‘Eid season celebrations. In this fourth and  last giveaway one person will receive 1/2 pound of chocolate in the amber vase pictured ... Read More »

Indian Spiced Whole Chicken

Midamar Halal Turkey- photo courtesy of Midamar

It’s so hard to believe the month of Ramadan is nearly over, which is a bit sad for us because we love it so much. It’s such a time of being scheduled and focused and distraction-free. However bittersweet the end is, there is also a great reward in the three-day long celebration of ‘Eid ul Fitr, where we can enjoy ... Read More »

5 Tips for An Easy ‘Eid Party

home-garden

This Ramadan has been so much fun. I’ve had a great time soaking up all the great ideas for home décor, party ideas for kids, and meeting the creative women and men behind design inspiration that caters to the way we Muslims celebrate and value our holidays in a colorful and beautiful way.   Rana Bacaloni is one of those women. ... Read More »