Cooking Halal 101 by Yvonne Maffei

Crunchy Party Mix

I’m working with IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America) on their upcoming Halal and Healthy workshops around the Chicagoland area where I’ll be conducting food demos on four different recipes, all super simple and all using halal-certified...
Since we've moved into our house and begun construction, it's the simple things in life that have kind of gone straight out the window- like an organized closet, knowing where all my cooking spices are, and the luxury (because...
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,...

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...
When I went to Irvine, CA last April for Sameer's Eats Halal Food Tour, Lime Chicken Tacos was one of the recipes on the menu that I demonstrated. I made a quick tomatillo salsa (salsa verde) to go with it. Sameer got a try and so...
I don't know about you, but my time in the kitchen just keeps on getting shorter and shorter and my patience level for long, drawn out dishes and cooking is sort of unmentionable these days. I want fast, but delicious...
If there's one thing I'll take on Superbowl Sunday, it's the fun of planning and executing the game-day menu. I'm not a fan of football, though. I don't really know the rules of the game, despite being a cheerleader...
snack mix, party mix, nut mix,

Savory Party Snack Mix

Party season is well underway, whether you get into it or not. People are off work and ready to gather with family and friends to enjoy some great food. And almost everyone laments eating all that rich food and...
Baked Pita | My Halal Kitchen

Baked Pita Chips

If you're having a party this 'Eid (or any time), you'll definitely want to make your own pita chips instead of buying them- they're that easy {and quick} to make and are hearty enough to scoop up hummus or...
Spinach Dip | My Halal Kitchen

Creamy Spinach Dip

The last article I posted was about how to put together and decorate a beautiful 'Eid appetizer table and I hope you were inspired by the tips and ideas for serving ware and the quick and easy foods you...

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