Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

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

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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 »

5 Steps to a Great Fruit Salad

5 Steps To A Great Fruit Salad | My Halal Kitchen

Ramadan + summer= a great time for fresh and delicious fruit salads. Believe it or not, there is a way to make fruits salads even better, particularly when they’re part of the Iftar (breaking of the fast) part of the sunset meal and need to be made ahead of time for guests. Fresh fruit salad paired with Saffron Road’s new ... Read More »

Halal To Your Door {and a BBQ Box Giveaway}

Cooking Taaza Steaks on the Indoor Cast Iron Grill

It’s one thing to have halal meats available at my local grocer, all nicely packaged and ready for me to take home to cook as needed; it’s a whole other pleasure to have it delivered right to my door- literally.  And that’s exactly what I’ve been experiencing with Taaza2u, a Chicagoland halal meat (and other grocery items) delivery service of ... Read More »

Culinary and Cosmetic Uses of Argan Oil

Culinary & Cosmetic Uses of Argan Oil | My Halal Kitchen

Have you ever tried argan oil?  It is some really amazing stuff that is great for cooking as well as making yourself beautiful on a budget…not that you need any more beautifying, of course.  In the past year I’ve been using it in my cooking and even more so on my sensitive skin (the cosmetic grade) in a massive effort ... Read More »

Moroccan Crêpes

As you might be able to see from this blog, I’m a bit entranced by Moroccan things- style, geography, and the delicious, healthy and traditional food. Amanda Mouttaki is the author of Maroc Mama, a blog about her experience with and love of Moroccan culture and cuisine {and a whole lot more}. In this post she gladly shares her recipe ... Read More »

Home Design Elements for Ramadan and Eid Décor

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Saima Nasim runs the beautiful design blog, Azzure. Have you seen it? It caught my attention because of her gorgeous photos and smart suggestions for interior design and simple home crafts.  In this post Saima offers her tips for home interior design during our favorite time of year… Read More »

Patchi Chocolate Giveaway: In Celebration Gold Gift Box

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This week’s giveaway from Patchi is the third out of four the chocolate company is generously offering My Halal Kitchen readers. How did they know we all love chocolate so much? Read More »

Keema {Delicately Spiced Ground Beef}

Keema

The first time I ever had Keema (that wonderful Indian-spiced ground beef dish) was during one of my very first Suhoor (pre-dawn) meals with family friends. I was invited to spend the weekend with them in Chicago during Ramadan. I had no idea whatsoever that people actually ate savory foods for a meal so early in the morning. Read More »