I can remember being interested in health foods as far back as when I was in my early teens. I was simply drawn to those sections of magazines that talked about how to make your own face scrubs or...
As I peruse the Fethiye markets, I don't even have to look too far before finding something I've never seen before from the same vendors. Usually, it's something from the last or current season that has been dried or preserved,...
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...
It’s citrus season in southern Turkey and the entire region is overflowing with oranges, lemons and tangerines. As I walk to the local market to purchase my own, I can see trees in my neighborhood bursting with these fruits....
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...
This is something I've wanted to discuss for a very long time with everyone: Who Really Cares About Halal? I want to open up the conversation to see where everyone is on the question of what truly makes up a halal food...
  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...

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