Cooking Halal 101 by Yvonne Maffei

Mushroom Risotto

If you've never had risotto, now's the time to try it. Yes, it's most popular as an Italian style rice, but anyone can make it. Actually, I think it's even easier to make than some of the other types...

Insalata Caprese

Just because it's not summer, it doesn't mean you can't still indulge in a craving for fresh produce and a taste of sunny Italy...at least I don't deny myself that when I find great organic tomatoes, fresh basil and...

Italian Wedding Soup

While making this recipe and preparing to share it with you, I decided to do a little research to find out the history behind the origin of a soup I grew up eating all the time and that is...
Just as I'm a huge fan of many French dishes (particularly the peasant food from the south), I've also always loved the very classic French Onion Soup, or "Soupe a l'Oignon", as the French say it. My mom made it at...

Lemon Tiramisu

A while ago I posted images of this recipe for Lemon Tiramisu, a twist on my Classic Tiramisu recipe, over on my Instagram account when I was preparing it for my monthly cooking classes at the UMMA Center. I don't...
I grew up eating homemade pizza and pizza from very good local pizzerias. Both were excellent, though completely different from one another- one being the American version of pepperoni pizzas and the other being my grandmother's version of the...

Skillet Chicken Parmesan

What is it with me and Italian food lately? It's all I crave, mostly because it's comfort food tome. I've thought about it and feel like the think the overwhelm of life in general, catching up (if that's possible)...
Every family has a favorite party dish, regardless of cultural background or ethnic makeup or religious observance. I happen to think that every special occasion in my family should contain a very large pasta dish of some sort: lasagna,...
Salmon is one of the easiest types of fish to make on a regular basis. It's thick texture stays together nicely when cooking, so whether you're frying, grilling or baking it, it tends to stay together really well.  This...
My mom used to make these potatoes often when I was growing up. I'm not quite sure where she got the recipe, but she used to read a lot of cookbooks and magazines to get ideas, and when a...

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