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...
If you've never tasted keema, or that wonderfully spiced Indian-style ground beef, you're totally missing out on some great flavor. Surely every family makes it a little different- even I have a few different versions, but for samosas I...
When I went to Sicily in 1993, it was the first time I really ever experienced fruit as the main ingredient- and sometimes the only ingredient- in a dessert. At first I was waiting around for the real dessert to please...
This Ramadan recipe comes to us from Lubna Karim, the India-based and very talented food blogger and photographer of  Kitchen Flavours. Make them for Eid, too, or simply any time of year... After many years I am at mom’s place...
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...
One of the most wonderful things I see on Iftar tables is an abundance of fruit. I respect the person who spends a lot of time chopping up a ton of fruit for their guests, but it can be a...
My family has been making stuffed mushrooms since I can remember eating savory foods. They look tedious to make, but I promise you they are super simple. I only cut off the stem to use in the stuffing, not...
Everyone wants snacks, even without celebration days, right?  I'm not a big snacker on a daily basis, but I do like them when I'm at a party, mainly when it takes a little extra time to wait for the...
While Ramadan could begin tonight, I am beginning to think about one of my favorite times of the month- the breaking of the first fast. What will we have to savor the moment when the sun sets and it's time to...
Finger foods aren't just for parties. When it's really hot outside, I don't like to get too complicated in the kitchen. When it's cold outside, I like comfort food. Bread and cheese fit in both of these categories, so here...

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