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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 »

Hangar Steak with Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa | Yvonne Maffei, My Halal Kitchen Recipes

A great summer dish to leave you satisfied and refreshed all at once this hangar steak can be grilled indoors or out. Prepare the salsa first so the steak isn’t waiting t0o long to be accompanied by its sweet & savory counterpart, the mango salsa. Mango Salsa Ingredients Serves 4 1 clove garlic, minced 1 mango, diced 1 avocado, diced 2 ... Read More »

Corrallini Pasta with French Beans and Cherry Tomatoes

corralini pasta

This is such a light pasta, perfect for warm early spring or summer days. Bring home fresh vegetables from the garden or farmer’s market and come hone to enjoy cooking a quick and easy meal. If you can’t find corrallini pasta, which is a tiny, bite-size pasta, you can use ditalini or any small noodle instead.  Corralini Pasta with French ... Read More »

Sweet Grape Spread

If you don’t have time to jar all those end of summer fruits, try this recipe instead for a wonderful spread. It’s absolutely delicious on toast, croissants and even pancakes. There’s no pectin needed, no jarring or preserving necessary- just make it and use it up or share with friends, family & neighbors. They’ll be amazed it came from grapes, ... Read More »

The Last Days of Summer Harvest: Blueberry Picking

I’ve been in search of u-pick cherry farms for quite a while, but missed the season (in the Midwest it’s from late July to Mid-August). My next craving was for peaches, so a little research told us there are plenty of u-pick farms to choose from in Coloma, Michigan which is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from our home ... Read More »

Sweet Tomato Preserve

Sweet Tomato Preserve

I.  Love.  Tomatoes. Being Sicilian, you sort of have to or you may never eat. Ok, that’s a bit extreme, I realize.  All jokes aside,  I really do love all the creativity this wonderful summer food allows me to have in the kitchen as I explore a multitude of dishes, no matter what type of cuisine I’m in the mood to cook. At ... Read More »

How to Make Flavored Yogurt and Quick Smoothies

Do you ever get inspired to eat healthy, shop healthy and then just try to make everything possible from certain beautiful foods you find at the grocery store or market? Recently I just wanted to use the plethora of strawberries and blueberries I bought on a whim at Costco, and use up my tart plain homemade yogurt in the fridge. Most ... Read More »

Pollo En Escabeche: Marinated Chicken From Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

The word ‘escabeche’ comes from the Arabic word ‘sikiube’, which means ‘acid’, and is a method for light pickling. In Mexico, escabeches combine vinegar with citrus juices, bay leaves and other herbs. This is a Mayan recipe, so it includes the traditional achiote paste made from annatto seeds and is called ‘recado rojo’. Annatto seeds and ready-made achiote paste can ... Read More »

Parsley-Stuffed Red Snapper

It’s hard to imagine being in the mood for whole fish, but if you live as close as I do to some spectacular indoor fish markets, it just might happen. When I’m in the mood for fish of any sort, I head out to the Super H Market, an Asian mega store that has become my favorite spot for locating ... Read More »

Processing Summer Garden Tomatoes

Just as soon as spring approached, we began contemplating what to plant in our summer garden. The consensus was that we wanted plenty of homemade tomato sauce all winter long, coming from fresh, organic produce. After renting a plot  from our local park district, we made calculations and designs for our 20 x 20 space (which was actually a bit larger once ... Read More »