Cooking Halal 101 by Yvonne Maffei

Greek Salad

I grew up enjoying Greek food. I have a cousin who I'm very close to and is half Greek. I grew up with the family connection to her grandparents and family so I was exposed to a variety of...
You might notice that I love the combination of spinach and strawberries, but it's because it's a really great one. I know in a drink (like this one) it might be odd, but in a salad it could be...

Insalata Caprese

Just because it's not summer, it doesn't mean you can't still indulge in a craving for fresh produce and a taste of sunny Italy...at least I don't deny myself that when I find great organic tomatoes, fresh basil and...
While grilling season may seem like it's winding down or at a complete dead halt here in Chicago (we got a sudden cold spell), the weather usually takes a turn upwards again and we get a streak of a...
 At the time I made this recipe, it still felt like summer. Two short days later, it feels like we skipped right to Autumn and possibly on the verge of winter. Oh well, I'll eat avocados at any time of...

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...
 As a kid I remember having popsicles from those thin and vertical ziploc-like bag almost every day of the summer. My mom used to buy them from the grocery store and many times they weren't frozen until you put...
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...

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