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...
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...

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...
This is such a quick summer dish. Use herbs that are ready for picking, which come perfectly paired with grilled chicken. You can use dried herbs for this dish, but the flavor will not be as intense as using the fresh...
On a recent trip to our local butcher, I inquired about the homemade merguez they always used to have on hand. He said they weren't making any more of it because folks weren't buying much of it, for some reason. I always thought...

Italian Lamb Stew

'Eid Mubarak to you and your families! May all your fasts and prayers be accepted.  We've fasted the month of Ramadan and now it's time to enjoy the celebration of 'Eid with family and friends. Lamb dishes are usually a must on 'Eid...
Talk about a quick dinner- and yes, frittatas make great quick and nutritious dinners. Just take it from the rural Italians who live on such rustic, satisfying food. I roasted my peppers ahead of time, but you can easily purchase peppers in...
Pasta is such a quick, easy and filling dinner meal. This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, but it'll help you get a satisfying meal on the table in no-time. Check out my list of where you can...
Sunday we took a trip out to the Chicago Botanic Gardens, just to capture the budding spring flowers on trees and, of course, the beautiful, colorful tulips. We also saw asparagus, which reminded me of my mom's recipe for...
There's just two of us at home for dinner on most nights, unless we have guests.  With guests dinner just instantly doubles or quadruples and I can make great use out of larger pots and pans.  So, because of the clean...

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