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Ricotta Pie

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It’s hard to believe that Ramadan is almost over–and so are the super generous giveaways by Saffron Road and Whole Foods! Throughout the month of Ramadan (and shortly before), they have given away four separate gift cards for $100 each plus coupons for free Saffron Road halal frozen entrees, which are available at Whole Foods Markets. At the end of this ... Read More »

Date and Walnut Tart

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Dates are also the perfect baking fruit- they freeze well, they don’t make your baking products soggy and they add just the right about of sweetness to a dessert. Below is a delicously simple tart recipe adapted from one of my favorite and most-used cookbooks, Mediterranean: A Taste of the Sun in Over 150 Recipes by Jacqueline Clark and Joanna ... Read More »

Homemade Chappati

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I’ve been really blessed to meet so many amazing people since I started this blog. People are happy to share their cooking ideas and recipes all the time and more often than ever does the topic of conversation with complete strangers, new and old friends and my family turn to healthy food, ethnic cuisine and just getting back to basics when it comes to ... Read More »

Caprese Salad with Parsley

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Caprese Salad is a somewhat Italian-American dish since it has increased so much in popularity in recent years. More and more people know what fresh mozzarella looks like and even prefer the boccancini, or the small fresh mozzarella balls, to processed and tasteless shredded ‘mozzarella’ cheese. I grew up on variations of Insalata Caprese. Caprese means of the isle of Capri, which is ... Read More »

Cherry-Strawberry Frozen Juice

Strawberry-Cherry Frozen Juice

Contrary to what might be popular belief, not every Muslim family is a large one. There are people all over the world, especially in the U.S. who live far away from extended family whether overseas or across the country. There are those new to Islam who will be breaking the fast alone or with just one other person (i.e. couples, ... Read More »

Summer Squash Soup

Summer Squash Soup | My Halal Kitchen- Yvonne Maffei

I’m a huge fan of a hearty bowl of soup. I love to select, chop and see the change in texture of fresh, seasonal vegetables as I take them from market to my favorite Dutch oven. I love the smells that permeate my home from the dried or fresh herbs I’ve added. I love that soup can feed many people ... Read More »

The Importance of Suhoor & a Recipe for Parmesan-Feta Quiche

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Everyone is talking about this year’s daily fasts in Ramadan being so long because sunset (the time when the fast is broken) will come a little after 8pm here in Chicago. It’s also a hot summer season. Very hot. Fasting isn’t meant to be perfectly easy or else how could we savor the reward of building self-discipline? It’s also not ... Read More »

Cooking Class: Sicilian Dinner Party

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One Saturday morning last month I conducted a cooking class for the winners of an auction at the Stars for Hope event back in January of this year. The auction item they bid for and won was a basket of MHK products combined with an in-home cooking class that I would eventually teach in their home. I’ve also taught this same ... Read More »

How to Preserve Fresh Basil

Basil | Yvonne

It’s that time of year here in the Midwest of the U.S. and everywhere there is summer weather when our gardens are bursting with green and lovely plants and herbs. Since we’ve had a lot of hot weather lately, my basil, tomato and zucchini plants have suddenly bolted upward. That’s great for vegetable plants, but herbs like basil need to ... Read More »

How to Make Homemade Bread Crumbs

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I love recipes that recycle and re-use foods that are beyond comfortable consumption but  just need to be broken down a bit in order to be perfectly good again. I think that’s the case with blessed bread and all the blessings that come with extending food to serve more purpose than throwing it away as soon as we think we’ve ... Read More »