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...

Corn, Mango & Chile Cups

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...

Getting Your Home the Halal Way

Have you dreamt up what your perfect home would look like?  And your dream kitchen where you would enjoy cooking up a storm for your...

Simple Spinach & Egg Noodle Pasta

On these last days of Ramadan, everyone seems tired from the long day of fasting and especially tired of the intense cooking that comes...

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

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...

Ramadan is an Opportunity in Culinary Diplomacy

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...

Affogato: The Italian Coffee Dessert

If you love coffee and ice cream, this quick dessert recipe is for you. Affogato is an Italian word for the super delicious coffee...

Dates Covered in Chocolate for the Costco Connection Magazine

I recently wrote an article for Costco Connection UK Magazine's For Your Table section about dates, which was published earlier this month, just in...

Fabulous California Figs for Your Eid Table

By the end of Ramadan, most of us fasting Muslims have completely filled our status quo of date consumption for the month, and perhaps...