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Grilled Branzino (Mangalda Levrek)
2022-06-21 00:03
Branzino or European sea bass is one of my favorite fish and until recently it was hard to come by in US. Nowadays, not only staple places for European seafood like Whole Foods, but also Tra… Read More
Haydari Yogurt Dip/Side
2022-06-10 05:10
Haydari, a sine qua non for rakı tables, is a perfect summer side dish or dip. It is great with grilled meat or on toasted bread. Traditionally it's made by mixing strained/Greek yogurt… Read More
Chicken Kebab Sauce (Tavuk Şiş Sosu)
2021-09-15 02:22
This is a classic tavukçu marinade i.e. grilled chicken restaurant marinade and it is both adult and kid favorite in our house. You can use any part of chicken, but I do lov… Read More
Ground Meat  Bread Rolls (Kıymalı Rulo)
2021-02-16 23:01
A yeasty dough rolled with ground meat and walnuts and a dash of cinnamon is what we all need for afternoon tea.  It takes a while to make regarding the yeast and the wait for the rise… Read More
Baked Chicken And Rice (Tavuklu Kapama)
2021-02-09 04:28
For every eid/bayram one of my aunties used to make "the traditional" version of this dish, common among Balkan immigrants in Thrace, north western Turkey: lamb pieces cooked in white rice… Read More
Peppers With Cheese (Lorlu Biber)
2021-01-11 19:39
A great Thracian specialty! Just like menemen, peppers with cheese can also be served as a side dish, main dish, or a breakfast treat. Many people enjoy lorlu biber for breakfast or lunch… Read More
Sautéed Spicy Beet Greens
2020-12-11 00:41
Beet greens, stems and leaves, although usually discarded, are in fact quite healthy, sweet, and delicious when cooked in simple ways. There are a couple of different ways of cooking beet gr… Read More
Antalya Bean Salad (Antalya Usulü Piyaz)
2020-09-19 22:13
Piyaz is what we call bean salads in Turkey, but the term is actually Persian and means "onion." Piyaz is usually prepared with cannellini beans and kneaded onion; dressed with olive oil and… Read More
Bowl Kebap (Tas Kebabı)
2020-09-10 21:32
Bowl kebap is one of my mom's specialties, the kind that you request every time you go back home. It is family favorite in our house as well; even the picky ones love this dish. Bowl ke… Read More
Purslane With Rice (Pirinçli Semizotu)
2020-08-20 01:03
Long before Dr Mehmet Öz, aka Dr. Oz, started to appear on morning shows on Turkish TV channels and regularly on Oprah to talk about healthy eating habits with a great emphasis on purs… Read More
Shepherd's Salad (Çoban Salatası)
2020-07-24 06:53
Shepherd’s salad (çoban salatası inTurkish) is the unchallenged center food of Turkish summer tables. When you go to köfte/kebab or a small scale neighborhood restaura… Read More
Green Lentils (Yeşil Mercimek)
2020-04-30 01:41
The eastern Thrace is the north western or the European part of Turkey. The region (except for Istanbul) is mostly occupied by people who migrated from the western Thrace (Greece and Bulgar… Read More
Chickpea And Beef Stew (Etli Nohut)
2020-04-07 03:54
Chickpea and beef stew is one of the oldest and most beloved dishes in Turkish cuisine. Now that we're all at home and have pantries stocked up with legumes and grains, it's time to have a c… Read More
Bean Salad (Piyaz)
2020-01-13 05:45
Piyaz is what we call bean salads in Turkey, but the term piyaz is actually Persian and means "onion." This gorgeous, super healthy and nutritious salad is usually p… Read More
Thracian Roasted Eggplant Salad (Tunçilik)
2019-09-27 17:01
During summer months roasted eggplant salads are very common in Thrace, where my hometown is. Thrace (Trakya in Turkish) is the northwestern corner or the European part of Turkey. Thrace is… Read More
2019-09-12 00:35
Light zucchini dishes in olive oil are the best for hot summer days, especially when zucchinis are in abundance just like now. This one has been one of my favorites with yogurt on the side s… Read More
Turkish Moussaka (Patlıcan Musakka)
2019-09-07 01:14
The moussaka, originally an Arabic dish, has been prepared and served in differing ways across the Middle East for centuries. However, it's the Greek version, modernized and de-Turkified in… Read More
Slow Cooked Beef Stew (Etli Güveç)
2019-08-28 16:53
Güveç (Gue-vech) is a Turkish term that defines both slow cooked stews and the clay pot, glazed or unglazed, that they are cooked in, just like tagine. The stew could be vegetari… Read More
Roasted Beet Hummus (Pancarlı Humus)
2019-01-28 05:13
In my first couple of years in the US, I couldn’t get over how popular hummus was in this country. I was surprised because hummus had managed to become popular despite how it was prepa… Read More
Turkish Tabbouleh (Kısır)
2018-10-08 00:39
Kısır is the Turkish or a different version of a Mediterranean/Arabic dish called tabbouleh. Although there are many differences between these two dishes, the main one is that the… Read More
Tomato Pilaf (Domatesli Pilav)
2018-05-29 21:16
One of the indispensable dishes of summer time dinner tables. It goes well with any kind of grilled meat and olive oil dishes. And as a bonus, it's one of the all time kid-favorite Turkish r… Read More
Ezo The Bride Soup (Ezo Gelin Çorbası)
2017-02-24 18:31
Zöhre Bozgeyik, aka Ezo the Bride, was a real person who lived in a small village in the south eastern part of Turkey in the city of Gaziantep close to Syrian border in early 20th centu… Read More
Green Pea Stew With Beef (Etli Bezelye)
2016-11-02 04:33
Green pea stew is one of the most common stews in Turkish cuisine. It was usually made in the summer months when the peas are in season and deliciously fresh. However, with freezers becoming… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
Although "the" fritter, or mücver in Turkish, dish in Turkish cuisine is the zucchini one (here's the recipe), variations are popular as well. Among the different versions of … Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
Savory corn meal or corn flour bread was something my mom used to bake for breakfast on cozy/lazy weekends. And hers is a special one because corn bread is usually quite plain. However, to m… Read More
Easy Phyllo Pie (Kolay Peynirli Börek)
2016-02-23 23:37
Turkish phyllos are thicker, a quality which makes it much easier to deal with them. The ones sold here at the markets are very starchy (great for desserts), really thin, and dry and break a… Read More
Fennel With Meat (Etli Rezene)
2015-12-10 21:27
The Aegean cuisine in Turkey is known for its greens.  It is truly unbelievable how many different green plants/weeds and in how many different ways the Aegeans can cook… Read More
Priest's Beef Stew (Papaz Yahnisi)
2015-12-10 21:25
Since I haven't posted a new recipe in a while, I wanted to break the silence with a heavily delicious or deliciously heavy one: priest's beef stew or ragout. This succulent ragout recipe co… Read More
Bulgur Kofte (Bulgur Köftesi)
2015-12-10 04:33
I don't know if you have noticed that I like bulgur, different types of bulgur, and anything with bulgur. I like bulgur especially in kofte form such as this, this, and this… Read More
Semolina Sponge Cake (Revani)
2015-12-10 04:31
If you are a libertine, don’t turn from the cup of pure wineIf you are wise, take your glass in the direction of Galata…Pious one, should you see those Frankish (European) boys… Read More
Baklava
2015-12-10 04:30
Of all the sweets that come from Turkey baklava is probably the most famous and delicious. Although there is no consensus on the history of the dessert, it is believed that baklava… Read More
Pickled Beets (Pancar Turşusu)
2015-12-10 04:19
Pickled beets is one of the easiest and, at the same time, the most delicious pickled vegetables of Turkish cuisine. It is considered one of the indispensable mezes of the Tur… Read More
Collard Greens Soup (Karalahana Çorbası)
2015-12-10 04:11
The apartment that I lived in Ankara was on the first floor of one of those old 4 story buildings with just two apartments on each floor and a back yard that the residents didn't care about… Read More
Dandelion With Olive Oil (Hindiba)
2015-12-10 04:01
If cooking every dish (sweet and savory) in olive oil is one of the most important characteristics of the incredibly healthy  Cretan cuisine, boiling all greens including weed… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
This recipe is perfect for overcast winter-ish (We're in Palo Alto, cloudy sky is as winter as it gets!) Sunday afternoons. In Turkey, afternoons like this would be incomplete without a brew… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
It's quince season, and I love that you can find them everywhere in Northern California. Quince is simply unknown to many Americans but for those of us from Europe/MidEast it's an indispensa… Read More

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