Author Archives: Yvonne

My April Article & Column in Sisters Magazine

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I absolutely love writing for Sisters Magazine every month and feel entirely blessed to bring you two parts in every issue: my Q & A section where I answer your ‘burning’ cooking questions, of course; and Yvonne’s Cooking School where each month I teach on the topic of something that adds to your profile on knowledge on the stepping stones of ... Read More »

Look at What’s Growing on Our Trees!

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Ever since we moved to our new place, I have been intrigued by vast amount of trees and and how moist the area is. I see moss growing and also a lot of mushrooms. At first thought, I said it would be a great place to grow mushrooms- and now, look at what I’ve recently found growing on a nearby ... Read More »

Oven Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb

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 A few years ago when I catered my sister in law’s wedding rehearsal dinner, I discovered this type of lamb cut to be an essential part of entertaining on a grand scale. This leg of lamb doesn’t look too big, but at around 4 to 4.5 pounds, this cut can be grilled, roasted, slow cooked, or braised- then cut thinly ... Read More »

How to Enjoy the New Korean BBQ and Chipotle Crunchy Chickpeas by Saffron Road

Saffron Road, a company that makes a nice line of high quality, convenient halal food products, has come out with two new flavors of Crunch Chickpeas: Korean BBQ and Chipotle.  As the labels indicate, I’m also so happy to know that they’re made with organic chickpeas, they’re Non-GMO verified and gluten- free.  I love snacks just as much as the ... Read More »

Help Me Find a Halal Pastry Class in Paris!

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Reader Q: I’ll be in Paris for two weeks this upcoming June. Is there any halal pastry class around Paris that you could suggest me? I really want to learn the best technique in preparing pastry. It will be better if the class is conducted in English. I really need your help. Thanks in advance. – M. A. MHK: Okay, everyone- do ... Read More »

“Ingredients” Documentary

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Being the documentary lover I am, when I heard about this recent one about what’s really in our food, as well as the high cost (to our health) of cheap (in quality and price) food, so I just had to share. It’s another great one you can watch with the whole family. What will you and your family do to ... Read More »

Food Insecurity in America: A Place at the Table

Food Insecurity Documentary | My Halal Kitchen

Perhaps one of the reasons many people are regaining interest in gardening today is due to the conscious or subconscious fear of food insecurity. We hear so much about food-borne illness due to crops like spinach being contaminated with e.coli, meat recalls for a variety of reasons mostly related to unhealthy animals living in deplorable conditions, and the rising price ... Read More »

My Latest Food-Related Articles in Sisters Magazine

If you haven’t subscribed yet or don’t know about it, Sisters Magazine is a great place to get all sorts of wonderful articles that all women can relate to. I write monthly articles for their Lifestyle section: Yvonne’s Cooking School and My Halal Kitchen Q & A. Each month I cover new topics and address new questions from readers. If ... Read More »

Four of My Favorite Gardening Shows on YouTube

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During the whole “Chiberia” we had throughout the winter, we watched A LOT of tv. Okay, a lot of YouTube. After watching every movie and documentary I’ve ever thought I needed to see, I finally turned to thinking Spring and about my garden. I’ve always had some sort of small garden, whether it was on our balcony or in a ... Read More »

Kathy Hester’s Indian Yogurt Salad

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Kathy Hester is a food blogger and the author of some really great cookbooks that I’m happy to know about and have on my bookshelf because they demonstrate wonderful ways to substitute meat when you want to or you have to, for one reason or another. We met briefly at the Eat Write Retreat in Washington, D.C. a couple of years ago and later ... Read More »