Cooking Halal 101 by Yvonne Maffei
I used to do a lot of traveling in the winter months- short escapes to warmer climates like anywhere in Florida or south of the border to Mexico.  Coming from the Midwest, I was indeed a  young snow bird...
I was never a fan of frozen food as a kid. I could always tell if something came from a box because the taste was just nothing like mom made. For some reason, they were never filling enough, either. Delicious...
It's been a long time since I've taken a spontaneous trip, one that's planned the day before heading out for a long weekend to a place I've never visited. Art gallery on a pier and a gorgeous wooden sailboat rocks...
We recently had a wonderful five day trip to one of my favorite places- San Diego, California. My sister in law decided on a destination vacation in the nearby coastal gem town of La Jolla, so...twist my arm. In between preparing for...
If you've already got egg salad on hand, this is a super quick appetizer to prepare. If not, here's my recipe for a healthy and quick egg salad to get you started. This appetizer came about on a day when I...

A Spanish Iftar

My friends and I decided to get together for an Iftar (breaking of the fast dinner). We thought having a theme would be a great way to focus on the food, as well as make it easier to come...
This recipe is unbelievably simple and there's absolutely no cooking involved- a perfect crowd pleaser for these hot summer days. Use the freshest ingredients, including oranges and limes, instead of juices or concentrates which really makes a difference in the resulting...
On a cold, blustery winter day in search of some comfort food in a warm setting, we trekked out to a French-American restaurant called Chez Colette.  Actually, anything would have been warmer than outside at that time, but this...
Ok, I know I'm really pushing this whole Scandinavian food thing here. Most people weren't really turned on to the Norwegian Veal Scallops in Cream Sauce. Why? I have no idea, because when you actually try them you'll truly enjoy...

Frittata al Tonno

What's so ironic about writing about food and testing recipes all day is that I find myself looking for quicker meals to make than I ever have before. I work two steps away from my kitchen, yet most days...

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