Chefs

My Interview of Mary Nolan, Chef de Cuisine at Bon Appétit Magazine

Mary Nolan of Bon Appetit | My Halal Kitchen

I recently attended the Chicago Gourmet event right here in the Windy City, though on that day it was a rainy city–mostly in the morning. Good thing because the Chicago Gourmet event was held outdoors in Millenium Park. It was also the day I would meet and interview Chef de Cuisine of Bon Appétit magazine, Mary Nolan. Mary Nolan is ... Read More »

Bon Appétit Magazine Presented Chicago Gourmet

Bon Appetit at Chicago Gourmet | My Halal Kitchen

Last Saturday morning I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Gourmet event in Chicago’s Millenium Park. You know the kind of experience that leaves you in a happy place for the entire remainder of the day, no matter what else happens? It was that kind of experience. Read More »

Chocolat Uzma Sharif & a Lovely Chocolate Giveaway

Chocolat Uzma Sharif

Some time ago I sat down for coffee with the very talented local pastry chef, Uzma Sharif. I had just approached her after noticing she was donating her ‘East meets West’ chocolates to a charity event we were mutually involved in, though we had never met. She was energetic and enthusiastic about our meeting and was thrilled to share her ... Read More »

Churros & Chocolate at Xoco

xoco chocolate sign

I’ve wanted to come to this restaurant ever since I first heard of its opening a while ago. It’s local (to me) here in Chicago and now considered a gem of a restaurant in our city. An addtiion to the line of Rick Bayless restaurants, it’s one of the newest he’s added to his very popular, Topolobampo (a favorite of ... Read More »

Top Chef Contestant Malika Ameen Talks to My Halal Kitchen

Malike Ameen

It isn’t every day that you get to ‘meet’ a pastry chef like Malika Ameen. If you don’t know her already, here’s a great chance to get acquainted with one of the country’s finest culinary professionals–and we’re fortunate enough to have her right here with us in Chicago. Even if you’ve seen her as a contestant on Top Chef: Just ... Read More »

If You’re really Into Molecular Gastronomy…or Don’t Even Know What It Is

octopus at Alinea (www.alinea-restaurant.com)

Check out this site by Martin Lersch about molecular gastronomy and the science of cooking. It’s interesting cooking, done with super modern techniques that use nitrogen and other methods to create incredibly rare menus.  If you’re from Chicago or are a super foodie, think Grant Achatz and how he artistically designs and cooks food at Alinea. If you’re like me and dream of visiting ... Read More »

About Citrus Zest

Yvonne Maffei Food Photos | www.myhalalkitchen.com

Did you know that most citrus fruits were traditionally grown for their zest, not for their fruits?  When you zest, or peel away the skin of citrus, you get all the flavor of a lemon, lime or orange in this skin- without all the acidity of the flesh. One has to just be careful not to zest too much of the outside ... Read More »

A Food Revolution for Muslims

Cherry Tomatoes from Coloma, Michigan | Yvonne Maffe, My Halal Kitchen

You don’t have to be a medical expert to notice that among the Muslim community living in the United States, there is a prevalence of high sugar, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, all of which can lead to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and heart attacks, even in young individuals. There doesn’t seem to be a lack of ... Read More »

Chicken Bouillabaisse

Chicken Bouillabaise

Those of you who know me well enough know that my favorite cooking mentor is Julia Child–and it’s not because of the book or movie, Julie & Julia (though I really enjoyed both). Around this time last year I completely absorbed myself in The French Chef videos, those early years where Julia Child enlightened the American housewife about how to cook French ... Read More »

Homemade Sofrito and Recaito

homemade sofrito in the making

If you come from a Puerto Rican family, you understand that Goya products are permanent fixtures in our kitchen cabinets- without them it seems like a part of the family is missing. Why are we so dependent on them? Maybe it’s because Goya is one of the few brands on the market completely catering to an Hispanic consumer market–and we appreciate that.  But ... Read More »