Cooking Halal 101 by Yvonne Maffei

Blueberry Paletas

If you live in Chicago, Los Angeles, anywhere in Mexico or near a large Mexican population you've probably heard of paletas. If you haven't heard, they are some of the most delicious summer treats one can enjoy. Made with...
Though I'm not particularly a fan of candy, I do love anything with sesames seeds or honey. Additionally, it's a common traditonal sweet  in both Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine, two of my favorites. This recipe is my version, which is softer than...
Have you heard about all of the wild things they put in good old fashioned {commercial} brands of yogurt? Some contain high fructose corn syrup; others have pork-derived gelatin. If you've visited this blog before, you know I'm absolutely...
Honey is one of my absolute favorite food and health items.  I don't consider it as just a food, but also a medicine and a beauty product. Whenever I have an upset stomach, I take a heaping tablespoon of honey...
With so much produce left over from the cooking demonstrations I conducted at the ISNA convention over 4th of July weekend, I had to come up with ways to use and preserve the goods. This lemon-lime granita is just...

Fruit Kebobs

There is nothing more refreshing to me on a hut summer day than cold, cold watermelon. Pineapple is great, too. So are melons! I just love them all and I love them cold. I made these kebobs because not...
When you live in a big city like I do, it doesn't mean you always get a chance to see the touristy spots like visitors usually do. We are busy on weekends, working during the week and so most...
Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while probably already know that I have a pure affinity for crème frâiche, or French style cream. If you haven't tried it before, I urge you to begin...
This week I've been testing recipes for good old-fashioned (halal) southern food. It's a fun and tasty job, but not always so easy. This cake, for example, was almost eaten up entirely before a single photo was taken! I devoured the cookbook, Screen...
As promised, I've put together the recipe for the Chocolate Banana Bread I demonstrated at last week's Baking Demo in Naperville, IL. At the demo, I discussed baking tips and halal substitutes for particular baking ingredients, which you can find a summary of...

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