Last September I had the pleasure and absolute honor of being interviewed by Mona Askar for the Chicago History Museum American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago Oral History Project. The oral histories have just been published and you can listen to...
I'm excited to share that a new recipe I've created will be featured in this Winter issue of The Costco Connection in the US, the UK and Canada.  If you're a member like me, you'll get a copy in the mail; if...
A few days ago we had our third wobble here in Fethiye in the last few months. It was a little less intense than the last one, nevertheless discomforting. I didn't feel the (first one to me) that occurred...
I've been fascinated all my adult life by the relationship between food and mental and emotional health. I just never really knew other people were studying it the way this presenter talks about in this Tedx Christchurch talk by...
This is a list of things you may not be able to bring out of Turkey, but you should definitely try while there and most likely you'll have the chance to do so at most restaurants. Be choosy with...
I came to Turkey twice before making the leap to live here for an extended period of time. I've been mostly in Istanbul, the Black Sea region and now in southern Turkey with treks along the way to and...
These little sour plums (I believe they're called Victoria Plum) are in season now in southern Turkey and I can’t stop eating them. They remind me so much of my childhood plum tree in our backyard. Every year when the...
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 little dish of Pasta with Bechamel Sauce represents the exact reason why cooking for oneself is not only an act of self-care, but also an experience of empowerment. Why? Because it embodies the art of knowing how to...
My First Fast Was Just an Experiment The first time I fasted in Ramadan I wasn’t a Muslim; I was a curious young woman who had recently experienced a very short but very impactful trip to Morocco during the blessed...

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