Cooking Halal 101 by Yvonne Maffei

Smoothie Packs

This past Ramadan I got really used to drinking smoothies at iftar and sometimes even at suhoor.  Now here were are a couple of months out, and they are very much still on my radar, especially since I've frozen...

Cucumber Spritzer

Even though we're almost at the end of August, the weather seems to be getting hotter and hotter. This cucumber spritzer is the perfect way to stay cool and refreshed at this time of year. All you need is sparkling...
Lemonade is the quintessential summer time drink in America, isn't it? I absolutely love it and it will always remind me of my childhood days when I had my own lemonade stand outside of my house where I grew...
It's been a hot, steamy summer around Chicago- lots of rain, lots of heat. If you wouldn't know it, you might think we're sitting in the middle of the tropics. And that's what makes me think of drinks with...
I'm not really sure where I got the inspiration for this 'green smoothie' recipe, but I think it was the multitude of magazines and sites online talking about detoxing. I am not big on fad diets or any kind of...
I'm simply amazed at how much everyone absolutely loved this ever so simple recipe for fresh beet juice, made with only three (four if you include water) ingredients. It is the simplest drink recipe to make and so good for...

Green Breakfast Smoothie

I've heard all sorts of people say that they've never felt better after drinking 'green' smoothies- with lots of green veggies like celery, spinach, kale, avocados as well as other things like beets and carrots. Chock full of vitamins,...
While fasting the other day, I overheard someone talking about a magnificent drink that was very tropical in nature and was actually something I had been meaning to make in a long while, stopping short at the inclusion of...

Alcohol-Free Sangria

One of the things I've been enjoying most about the summer has truly been all the Ramadan prep recipes I've been able to share throughout my cookbook tour, via Instagram and now on the website. It's amazing how much...
If you live anywhere in California or nearby, you've probably heard of date milkshakes and the pretty well-known stands at farms and orchards who sell them. I have lived in California, driven through it many times from all different...

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