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Smoked Salmon Dip

I don’t know what it is about winter and salmon but it seems like every cold season I start to crave that flavor of fresh Alaskan Sockeye in parchment with dill and butter or those great smoked Norwegian salmon pieces on toast, with dill, of course. But this winter, I decided to try testing a dip … Read more

Spicy & Sweet Tropical Snack Mix

Snacks are so popular in America, and for good reason. Who doesn’t love something crunch, salty, even spicy any time of day? We work long hours, get hungry, don’t have a lot of time for complete meals, etc. etc. etc. The problem with snacking is that much of the pre-packaged options are filled with too much salt … Read more

Crunchy Party Mix

I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified products. This snack mix, which is great fpr parties, is just one of four I’ll be … Read more

Beef Samosa Puff Pastries

If you’ve never tasted keema, or that wonderfully spiced Indian-style ground beef, you’re totally missing out on some great flavor. Surely every family makes it a little different- even I have a few different versions, but for samosas I like to recreate a certain flavor. The first time I ever had it was at a … Read more

Cilantro Chutney

One of the very first Indian dishes I ever tried were samosas and their corresponding chutneys- one sweet sauce made with tamarind and the other with cilantro. Often times when you visit an Indian restaurant, it’s one of the appetizers; it’s also a common trio to be served within the Indo-Pakistani community at Iftar time, … Read more

Fruit Chaat

The perfect starter to a Ramadan Iftar meal, this deliciously-spiced fruit salad recipe was submitted by reader Shazia Wahid. From experience, I know it tastes just as good as it looks and it’s the quintessential dish to appear at an Indo-Pakistani Iftar table during Ramadan.   Fruit ChaatBy Yvonne Maffei Published: July 17, 2013Yield: 4 … Read more

10 Recipes for Halal Grub on Superbowl Sunday

If there’s one thing I’ll take on Superbowl Sunday, it’s the fun of planning and executing the game-day menu. I’m not a fan of football, though. I don’t really know the rules of the game, despite being a cheerleader (which was a long time ago) and attending countless Friday night games during high school. Realistically, most of us girls were not there for the game but to socialize and have fun with our friends in the small, quaint all-American town where I grew up.

Excuse the veer off topic, but the point is that the aura of a football game draws a lot of people together, mostly around some really good grub, which in this case is halal grub.

See for yourself my suggestions for some of the tastiest recipes I’ve made this year that will be great to serve on game day. Make them all and you’ve got a really good spread to serve a crowd. At the end I link to a past post with more recipes all summed up from previous years.

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1. Buffalo Wings with Creamy Feta Dip

What would game day be without an awesome Buffalo Wing recipe (plus the creamy dipping sauce)? I absolutely love this recipe. And what I love even more is that you can buy Crescent’s chicken wings which come ready for you to make the full wing or cut in half like the picture shown. I guarantee you, this was not possible just a few short years ago before Crescent made these so widely available in our Chicago stores. I hope you can find them near you, too.

Halal Buffalo Wings

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Caribbean Shrimp Salad | My Halal Kitchen

Caribbean Shrimp Salad

I used to do a lot of traveling in the winter months- short escapes to warmer climates like anywhere in Florida or south of the border to Mexico.  Coming from the Midwest, I was indeed a  young snow bird of sorts. Sometimes I did it with the excuse of studying (i.e. taking intensive Spanish language courses in Merida, Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico; other times it was just a gift-to-self for studying so hard throughout a college quarter to places like Playa del Carmen along the Mayan Riviera in Mexico.

first photo shrimp salad

While I sadly haven’t been back to either places in a very long time, I still have fond and special memories of the food, the people and the experiences there. The fish, in particular was so fresh- coming straight off the Caribbean– that it was served as ceviche in restaurants just a short time after being caught.  

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