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Tangy Lime & Sumac Summer Salad

Tangy Lime and Sumac Summer Salad

While still experiencing the heat of the summer, it’s always nice to have a refreshing, light salad to accompany other summer foods. I love this salad not only because I love the addition of  lime juice to salads, but I also love sumac, the dried, crushed and ground fruit of the sumac flower typical of the Mediterranean. Sumac also gives a ... Read More »

Peppers & Tomatoes Stuffed with Couscous…and a Drizzle of Lemon Olive Oil

Pre-Cooked Peppers

It’s a common Mediterranean and Middle Eastern culinary habit to stuff vegetables with a variety of grains such as rice or couscous as well as ground meats or nuts like pistachios. That said, this dish is amazingly versatile. If you don’t have peppers, you can substitute zucchinis or eggplants instead; if you don’t have couscous, try cooked rice or meat ... Read More »

A Spanish Iftar

Paella

My friends and I decided to get together for an Iftar (breaking of the fast dinner). We thought having a theme would be a great way to focus on the food, as well as make it easier to come up with dishes each one of us would be responsible to make. We got together a couple hours before sunset and ... Read More »

Mediterranean Spiced Grilled Chicken

This is such a quick summer dish. Use herbs that are ready for picking, which come perfectly paired with grilled chicken. You can use dried herbs for this dish, but the flavor will not be as intense as using the fresh ones. Serves 4-6 Ingredients 1 lb. thigh or breast boneless, skinless chicken (5 pieces) 3 cloves garlic, minced juice of 1-½ ... Read More »

Baked Phyllo Cups with Sauteed Mushrooms & Warmed Goat Cheese

These appetizers are so tasty it’s hard to eat just one. Your guests will probably want several, so be sure to make at least triple for the amount of people you’re expecting. You can also substitute ground beef or turkey for an alternative to this vegetarian version. If you’re not fond of goat cheese, fresh mozzarella is a fine substitute. ... Read More »

Summer Mediterranean Salad with Citrus, Dates & Nasturtium Flowers

  I’ve taken an unexpected break from blogging, partially by choice and partially not. I’ve been developing and testing recipes for cooking demos I plan to do at the upcoming annual ISNA convention here in Chicago. I’m also working on articles for Sister’s Extra, the new blog of the lovely Sister’s Magazine. I’m also testing halal Thai recipes for my monthly contribution ... Read More »

The Spanish Tortilla

Among Mexicans and many Americans, the word ‘tortilla’ is commonly understood to be the type of corn or flour-based flat bread used to fill with things like rice, beans and meat. In Spain, however, ‘tortilla’ is more of a thick egg omelet, sometimes filled with things like shredded chicken and served as an appetizer or a sandwich on thick and ... Read More »

Chickpea and Sun-Dried Tomato Salad

Chickpea and Sun Dried Tomato Salad | Yvonne Maffei, My Halal Kitchen Summer Recipes

Lately I’ve been soaking and cooking my own dry beans- everything from black beans to pinto beans and now chickpeas. I used to do it a lot more often than I do now, but I’m suddenly forcing myself to enjoy the health benefits of freshly-cooked beans as well as the economic benefits. Beans are cheap in a can, but they can ... Read More »

Lamb Chops in Creamy Mint Sauce

I’ve been told that I’m obsessed with lamb, which is not quite the case although I do love the taste and versatility of how it can be prepared. When you have a lot of this type of meat on hand- as we do now- you have to come up with clever and interesting ways to cook it to make it ... Read More »

Oven-Roasted Acorn Squash Seeds

Salted Squash Seeds

Acorn Squash and Spaghetti Squash have smaller seeds than the larger butternut squash and the more popular orange pumkins associated with this time of year. I love acorn squash seeds because the tiny and soft inner green seed is very tasty, however, they do require a bit of patience to prepare and eat these smaller-than-bite-size snacks. Oven-Roasted Squash Seeds Making ... Read More »