Author Archives: Yvonne Maffei

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 »

Decorating the Home for Ramadan and Eid

home-design

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

Patchi

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 »

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings | My Halal Kitchen

One of my favorite summertime recipes is for Buffalo Wings. The first time I ever had them was way back in college- it was the late night food of choice with friends- we didn’t have a care in the world about eating spicy food at that hour, or any food at all for that matter. It was quick, easy, inexpensive, ... Read More »

Violet Rice Pudding Recipe & a Chance to Learn How to Make Chocolate From a Professional Chocolatier

Uzma Sharif is a Chicago-based chocolatier and owner of Chocolat Uzma, both an online shop and a brick and mortar one  in Chicago. I just love supporting women in business, and those running a specialty food business at that. Her chocolates are infused with the exotic aromas of South Asia and made so beautiful you need some time to enjoy them ... Read More »

Patchi’s Tassali Ramadan Variety Box Giveaway

Patchi is so generous to us- they’re giving away yet another box of their delicious {halal} chocolate variety boxes, this one is called the Tassali Ramadan Variety Box.  Read More »