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...

Earthquakes, Borek, & a Relaxing Seaside Breakfast

A few days ago we had our third wobble here in Fethiye in the last few months. It was a little less intense than...

Who Really Cares About Halal? [Video Discussion]

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...

Do You Think There’s a Relationship Between Nutrition & Mental Health?

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...

10 Things to Try While You’re in Turkey

This is a list of things you may not be able to bring out of Turkey, but you should definitely try while there and...

20 Things You Should Bring Back from Turkey

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...

Suzme: Strained Turkish Yogurt

  I get a lot of questions daily asking me for recommendations on what people should try when they come to Turkey for a visit....

A Priceless Education About Where Food Comes From

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...

Summer White Bean and Tomato Salad

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...

Sicilian Eggplant Rolls

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...

Knowing How to Cook is Empowering

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...

Aegean Lentil Pasta

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...

An Abundant Antipasto Platter for Your Eid Buffet

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...