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 making it even though I can easily get dried chickpeas anywhere and they're super inexpensive. I...
If you're a soup lover like me, a big pot of soup on a chilly Fall day is one of the best things you can do for yourself.  I really love a good, hearty soup that I can have...
  I get a lot of questions daily asking me for recommendations on what people should try when they come to Turkey for a visit. For me, it's always been more about ingredients than specific restaurants. I'm a huge fan...
I’ve been making several dishes this week with white navy beans (“kuru fasulye” in Turkish, which actually translates to haricot beans in English). This recipe for Summer White Bean and Tomato Salad is one of the lightest and is...
This summer weather in Turkey reminds me exactly of my two summers spent in Sicily in the mid 90's. Very hot. Very dry. Limited A/C, if any...and the smell of homemade cooking in every neighborhood. Those smells give you a great...
As many of you readers of my blog and followers on social media know already, I've been in Turkey for several months exploring the cuisine and the sights of the southern Turquoise Coast. It's a beautiful place with some...
If you love coffee and ice cream, this quick dessert recipe is for you. Affogato is an Italian word for the super delicious coffee drink with ice cream added to hot coffee- and it's fantastico, especially in the summer...
If you don't know me by now, one thing you should know is that I love all things Mediterranean. The food, the sunshine, the lifestyle...the FOOD. The food itself exudes sunshine, the sea and the rich volcanic soil of...
I'm a huge fan of yogurt for a whole host of reasons- and not just eating a small cup of flavored yogurt a day, but eating it as part of a healthy diet in as many ways as possible....
Winter days are quite the challenge here in Chicago, so I'm always trying to find ways to warm up with food. I haven't had a cold salad in months, as I just really believe in eating as many hot...

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