Food News

Earth Day and Reflections on “The Cove” Documentary

April 22 is designated as Earth Day. We know as Muslims that every day should be dedicated to serving Allah (swt) by doing right by the earth- treating humans, animal and wildlife with respect and using them in the way that our Creator has commanded. Last month I wrote an article about the award-winning, wonderful documentary, The Cove. The article was published on ... 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 »

5 Reasons to Care Where Your Food Comes From

This article was recently published on the Indiana Public Media’es Earth Eats site. I wanted to be sure that all MHK readers could benefit from this information, especially those who are not part of our Facebook fan page or follow my  Twitter page. My interest in healthy living began in the teen years when I devoured magazines and books that offered information on eating right and exercising. ... Read More »

Meals That Unite

Whole Wheat Bread

Through the wake of numerous natural catastrophes and man-created conflict around the globe, we are reminded that we need the people we love now more than ever. Where would we be without them? More importantly, who would we be without them?  I wrote this piece a few months ago, looking for just the right time to add it to the ... Read More »

A NYC Halal Cart Known By Its Street Address

53rd and 6th Halal Cart

I’ve been to New York City many times as a tourist and have even stopped just to eat at this halal cart in Midtown Manhattan late at night while on our way to Rhode Island.  As far as I know, the cart didn’t really have a name until it gained so much popularity by people describing it’s exact location: 53rd and 6th St., ... Read More »

Amish Country: Holmes County, Ohio

I had an incredible time visiting my family this summer in Ohio. Among those fond memories was a visit to Holmes County, home to one of the largest populations of Amish in the world. Although I had never really visited the heart of Amish Country, I feel as though I’ve known the culture, craftsmanship and food all my life. As a ... 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 »

Cleveland’s West Side Market is a Must-See

One of the things I try to never miss when I go back home for a visit to Ohio is the West Side Market in Cleveland–even if I’m not looking for anything in particular to buy. It’s so much more than a farmer’s market, although much of the fresh produce comes from local growers; it’s also a variety of specialty ... Read More »

Food, Inc.

Today, people are more concerned than ever about the source of our global food supply. With recent scares of salmonella, bird flu and the swine flu we are paying closer attention to personal hygiene and questioning the mass production of our food from major suppliers- or are we? I haven’t seen this film yet, but I’m eager to. Food, Inc. came out on Monday ... 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 »