Baked Alaska (Elegant Ice Cream Cake w/ Meringue) + Culinary Torch from my Husband

Layers of ice cream, sponge cake and topped with lightly browned meringue!        Baked Alaska is like an ice cream cake, only better. With a layer of cake, two layers of ice cream and covered with a luscious and light meringue that is torched to golden perfection. What can be more fun than … Continue reading Baked Alaska (Elegant Ice Cream Cake w/ Meringue) + Culinary Torch from my Husband

Turkish Style Hummus

Traditional cuisine meets modern with this Mediterranean classic!  What I appreciate about hummus is that it is just so simple. All you need is a few minimal ingredients and then you have something really special. The tahini is an absolute must! A paste made from ground sesame seeds, tahini compliments the flavor of the chickpeas … Continue reading Turkish Style Hummus

DIY Self-Rising Flour

Don’t forsake your favorite recipe that requires self rising flour, thanks to this simple DIY recipe to make self rising flour in a flash! Growing up, my mom always had two containers of flour. On one container she labeled it “All Purpose Flour” and on the other she labeled it “Self Rising Flour.” I noticed … Continue reading DIY Self-Rising Flour

Stuffed Zucchini with Saffron & Pistachios (Kuzu Icli Kabak Dolmasi)

The perfect balance of a savory ground beef filling with aromatic spices, pistachios and almonds. In Turkish cooking, I’ve been learning about the myriad of different variations on stuffed vegetables. There are many variations. This is already the third variation of stuffed zucchini and it tastes completely different than the last recipe I learned. The … Continue reading Stuffed Zucchini with Saffron & Pistachios (Kuzu Icli Kabak Dolmasi)

Curry Chicken

Tender marinated chicken coated in a creamy flavorful curry sauce with mushrooms and sweet red peppers. I love curry chicken. And I know that curry in general is one of those spices (although it’s actually a combination of spices but that’s a whole other story) that people seem to love or to hate. As a … Continue reading Curry Chicken

Shepherd’s Pie

Don’t let the name fool you; this pie is anything but sweet. A savory delicious blend of meat and veggies and topped with fresh mashed potatoes and then baked to perfection. Technically, this was the first home cooked meal I made for my husband. I had a limited amount of time but I wanted to … Continue reading Shepherd’s Pie

Rice Pilaf with Almonds, Pine Nuts and Dried Currants (Iç Pilav)

Savory and sweet — in the best possible way, this rice pilaf is packed with crunchy pine nuts and almonds and filled with tender pieces of dried currants. Iç Pilav, is literally translated as “Inner Rice.” It is the perfect combination of blending sweet and savory flavors into one dish. The cinnamon and the all spice … Continue reading Rice Pilaf with Almonds, Pine Nuts and Dried Currants (Iç Pilav)

Savory Bulgur with Sautéd Ground Beef & Carmelized Onions ( Kiymali Simit Asi)

Similar to the Sade Simit Asi recipe, the main difference between them is that this recipe has caramelized onions and ground beef on top. It’s a little bit more hearty and it’s delicious! Here’s the recipe: Kiymali Simit Asi 1/2 lb ground beef 3.5 c simit bulgur (finely ground bulgur) 1 large onion (diced) 1 … Continue reading Savory Bulgur with Sautéd Ground Beef & Carmelized Onions ( Kiymali Simit Asi)

Homemade Marinara Sauce

A classic & essential recipe for your cookbook! Growing up, my parents rarely bough pre-made pasta sauce. As a kid, I always noticed the difference between the times that they bought the pre-made pasta sauce and the times that they made it themselves. The homemade version always tasted better. Since then, I’ve been making my … Continue reading Homemade Marinara Sauce

Simple Homemade Babaganoush (Roasted Eggplant with Garlic & Creamy Yogurt)

Roasted eggplant and garlic mixed with a thick creamy yogurt makes for a delicious and simple meal or appetizer. Simply delicious babaganoush. Roasting eggplant is so simple. You literally pop it in the oven and let it roast and then the skin peels off so easily to make preparing any eggplant dish so simple. Paired … Continue reading Simple Homemade Babaganoush (Roasted Eggplant with Garlic & Creamy Yogurt)

Quick Homemade Hummus

Smooth, thick and full of flavor! This homemade hummus is so simple and quick to prepare! Who doesn’t love a delicious hummus? It’s just good! My favorite way to eat is warm and topped with toasted pine nuts! But the best part of making hummus is that it’s simple. If you have a food processor … Continue reading Quick Homemade Hummus

DIY Buttermilk

Need buttermilk in a pinch to complete your recipe? This DIY recipe is a simple solution. With just two ingredients, you’ll have a fresh batch of homemade buttermilk. As a kid, my mom always had buttermilk in the refrigerator. It was essential. She used it mostly in baking, pancakes and corn bread and so she … Continue reading DIY Buttermilk

Vanishing Candied Almonds

All natural almonds with a crunchy and sweet coating, baked to perfection!  These candied almonds are called “vanishing” for a reason. Quite simply because they vanish. Whether you make them for yourself or if you make them for gift giving, one thing is for sure, these almonds will vanish. They are such a delicious gourmet … Continue reading Vanishing Candied Almonds

Get Local, Get in Season

A fresh look on cooking with sustainability and a budget! Every season has a unique range of fresh produce to offer depending upon where you live in the world. Although it’s wintertime in the Mediterranean region of the world, there’s still a plethora of delicious, affordable and seasonal produce available at the grocery stores and … Continue reading Get Local, Get in Season

Şiveydiz

Şiveydiz, pronounced “she-vey-diz,” is a beautiful Turkish soup. Creamy from fresh yogurt that’s blended into the soup it makes for a flavorful meal. Creating this soup is like creating a work of art. All of the ingredients are perfectly crafted together to form a delicious blend of flavors. And of course, it is stunning to … Continue reading Şiveydiz