COOKING TIPS

SOUPS

Butternut Squash Soup

It's amazing to think that a vegetable such as the butternut squash, so hard on the outside, can actually be broken into and puréed...

Hearty Chicken and Zucchini Soup

What should you do with all of those wonderful summer zucchini squash you've got from the local farmers market or your family's backyard garden?...

Orzo Soup with Greens and Wholesome Chicken Broth

Over the early part of the summer when Ramadan was in full swing, I took advantage of the somewhat cooler weather and made soups...

Udhiyah Lamb & Lentil Stew

I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to cook the freshest lamb possible, something we really only get once a year. Today when we...

Tomato & Roasted Pepper Soup

These cold fall days seem darker, windier, and overall just more like winter than fall. A good soup always makes me feel warm inside and warms...

PIZZA RECIPES

Pepperoni Pizza with Dough & Sauce Recipe

I grew up eating homemade pizza and pizza from very good local pizzerias. Both were excellent, though completely different from one another- one being...

STEWS

Lamb Stew with Pumpkin, Plantain, Sweet Potato and Chickpeas

When we look through recipes online or in magazines, what really prompts us to go out of our way to make a list and head...

Moroccan Goat Stew

Have you ever tried goat meat?  If you've seen them in real life, they're not as meaty as those furry and cuddly lambs we...

Chicken Bouillabaisse

Those of you who know me well enough know that my favorite cooking mentor is Julia Child--and it's not because of the book or movie, Julie...

Italian Lamb Stew

'Eid Mubarak to you and your families! May all your fasts and prayers be accepted.  We've fasted the month of Ramadan and now it's time to...

Thai Beef Curry

This recipe comes from Derya Singhsumalee, a former teacher colleague of mine who is such a fun and interesting person.  She is very well-traveled, is...

PASTA DISHES

Three-Cheese Baked Pasta

Pasta is such a quick, easy and filling dinner meal. This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, but it'll help you get a...

MEDITERRANEAN

Zero Waste Winter Vegetable Soup

Nothing is better than a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter day, would you agree? You’d be amazed what you can put...

Rustic Turkish Style Hummus

Today I made hummus without a food processor or blender because I still don’t have one here in Turkey. I had been holding out...

Suzme: Strained Turkish Yogurt

  I get a lot of questions daily asking me for recommendations on what people should try when they come to Turkey for a visit....

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