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...
If you're having people over on Eid day, chances are you're wondering what to put on the buffet for guests. In the hot summer weather, no one wants to be in front of a stove or eat heavy foods,...
Are you craving a light side dish for Iftar or even want to make a salad into a meal? It's just too hot to cook in most parts of the world at this point in the unofficial summer, so...
On these last days of Ramadan, everyone seems tired from the long day of fasting and especially tired of the intense cooking that comes with feeding a hungry crowd. For me, the further into Ramadan, the simpler my food usually...
In the heat of the summer, sometimes we crave hydration more than food, especially when fasting during a summer time Ramadan. That's why I love to freeze fruits and use them as 'ice cubes' in a variety of drinks...
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...

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