Safe Grocery Shopping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I usually clean out my fridge before going on a big grocery haul, and I usually clean off the jars and lids of items...

Adventures in Turkish Eating: Anatolia- A Gorgeous Cookbook Giveaway

I have so many cookbooks in my culinary library, which has helped shape my cooking and my inspiration for many meals over the years....

How to Use Loofah in Your Kitchen

Some of the things I thought would be super easy to find in Turkey were all-natural products. Much to my surprise, even a country...

My Interview with TheKitchn

Seems like it was just yesterday I had this photo shoot and interview with The Kitchn. I remember that day so clearly- a photo session...

What the Japanese Get Right About School Lunches

I've watched with great interest several different videos about Japanese school lunches over the years and it never ceases to amaze me how organized,...

A New Morning “Breakfast” Routine

My morning food routine has changed quite a bit in the last year. When I first came to Turkey, I began eating the typical...

Zero Waste Winter Vegetable Soup

Nothing is better than a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter day, would you agree? You’d be amazed what you can put...

Glistening Greens

Kale, Swiss Chard and many other greens are so easy to make and incorporate into your everyday diet, even if they're just cooked and...

How My Cooking Challenges in Turkey Have Awakened my True Inner...

Self empowerment is defined as an individual being "in control of his or her life and views the trials they face in life in a...

Black Seed & Honey: Are You Taking Advantage of This Powerful...

I can remember being interested in health foods as far back as when I was in my early teens. I was simply drawn to...

Dried Persimmons are Your Next New Dessert

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...

Rustic Turkish Style Hummus

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...

Citrus Season on the Aegean Coast of Turkey

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...

The Most Beautifully “Packaged” Spinach

There are gorgeous food markets all over Turkey. Any food lover or anyone looking for inspiration to cook or who simply wants to see...

A List of Top 10 Halal Restaurants in the US is...

There are many delicious halal restaurants popping up all over the U.S., but when I was asked to pick my new favorite, I chose a...

Meatball & Mini Ravioli Soup

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...

Bourdain and Beyond at the New York Times Food Festival

I'm currently watching this.... There are many greats involved in this talk: Kim Severson, National Food Correspondent at the New York Times; Andrew Zimmern of...

The My Halal Kitchen Cookbook is Available in Indonesia

I'm always so delighted when readers show me where they've seen and purchased the My Halal Kitchen cookbook, which has been found around the...

American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago Oral History Project

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...

My Recipe for Pomegranate, Pistachio & Goat Cheese Crostini in the...

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...