I first met Yvonne Maffei when she came for an interview with Weekender. Normally those interviews are short — a quick ten minutes or so exploring the personalities behind the local events we spotlight each week.
I'd already checked out Maffei's blog, My Halal Kitchen, and was totally captivated. There are delicious-sounding recipes, great tips for keeping a green kitchen, and so much more — the woman's a font of nutritional information! But while researching Maffei I learned something else: Maffei grew up in a Puerto Rican and Italian household, and only converted to Islam in 2001, just prior to the events of 9-11.