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Turkish Bread And Cream Dessert

May 30, 2014 07:19 PM GMT

If you've ever travelled in Turkey, you know firsthand there are very interesting and exotic desserts everywhere you look. Baklava filled with pistachios, semolina cookies steeped in syrup, 'chicken breast' pudding and 'kazadibi' are all beloved...Read More »

A Simple Marinade Makes For The Best Chicken Kebabs

May 30, 2014 04:49 AM GMT

Summer is here and grilling season has begun. It’s the perfect time to fire up your grill and get cooking. If you’re looking for new ways to make simple, easy dishes like chicken kebabs, go no further. Here is the perfect, back-to-basics recipe...Read More »

'Ali Nazik' Is One Of Turkish Cuisine's Best Kebabs

May 30, 2014 04:42 AM GMT

If you're a fan of Turkish kebabs, you'll be sure to adore this beloved dish from the southeastern region of Turkey, near the city of Gaziantep. It's called 'ali nazik' kebab, and its name and history are just as enticing as its ingredients. This dish...Read More »

'Tarhana' Soup Gives You A True Taste Of Turkey

Apr 30, 2014 04:23 PM GMT

Did you know how important soups are in Turkish cuisine? Soup is eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Turkey.  It also has an important place on religious holiday menus like Ramazan. The most common soups are made with vegetables, legumes...Read More »

Eat More Vegetables With Turkish Purslane And Ground Beef Stew

Apr 30, 2014 01:54 PM GMT

Are you constantly struggling to get your family, especially your kids, to eat more vegetables? Especially dark green leafies, like spinach? If it seems impossible, this recipe for Turkish purslane and ground beef stew might be the answer. ...Read More »

Go Vegetarian With Turkish Artichokes And Fava Beans

Apr 30, 2014 12:05 PM GMT

Spring has sprung and fresh vegetables and fruits are filling the shelves at the market and green grocer. This is the best time of year to prepare delicious Turkish vegetable and ‘meze’ dishes made with fresh veggies and herbs. One of my all time...Read More »

If You Like Eggs Florentine, You’ll Love Turkish Spinach and Eggs

Apr 28, 2014 10:40 AM GMT

If you like the idea of spinach and eggs for breakfast or lunch, or you're a low carb enthusiast, you should try this recipe for Turkish-style spinach and eggs. It’s much lighter than classic eggs Florentine, and packs much more flavor. This one of...Read More »

Try Turkish ‘Kofte’ And ‘Piyaz.’ A Healthy Alternative To Burger And Fries

Apr 28, 2014 10:32 AM GMT

Are you a burger lover that wants to improve your diet? Then Turkish ‘kofte’ (kuf-TAY’) and piyaz (pee-AHZ’) is the perfect combo for you. ‘Kofte’ are meatballs made with beef or a mixture of beef and lamb that are seasoned with Turkish...Read More »

Try Turkish Celeriac Soup With Your Holiday Menus

Apr 28, 2014 10:25 AM GMT

Have you ever wondered what to do with celeriac? You know, that gnarly root vegetable that smells like celery?In Turkish cuisine, celeriac, better known as ‘kereviz’ (kehr-eh-VEEZ’), is a very popular vegetable, especially during the fall and winter...Read More »

Turkish 'Kunefe' Dessert Is Sweet, Crunchy And Cheesy

Apr 19, 2014 10:15 AM GMT

Imagine a warm dessert that's golden brown and crunchy on the outside with stringy melted cheese oozing from the middle, drenched in butter and sweetened with a light, lemony syrup. Does this combination excite you or does it sound a bit strange? You...Read More »

Try This Crispy, Creamy Turkish Dessert Flavored With Black Pepper

Apr 01, 2014 06:45 AM GMT

If you love the sweet crispiness of baklava and the creaminess of homemade vanilla pudding, then you’ll love this recipe for Turkish ‘Laz boregi’ (LAHZ’ bur-EY’-ee). It’s the best of both desserts combined into one. ‘Laz boregi’...Read More »

Try Fried Calamari, Turkish Cuisine's Favorite 'Meze'

Apr 01, 2014 06:39 AM GMT

When you dine out, is fried calamari your favorite appetizer?  If you’re looking for a new twist on this good old standby, try this recipe for Turkish-style fried calamari. Better known as ‘kalamar tava,’ fried calamari is one of Turkish...Read More »

Turkish ‘Pide’ Is Like Pizza, Only Better

Mar 31, 2014 09:27 PM GMT

I have been a pizza lover since I was a child. I’ve eaten pizza in New York, Chicago and all over the USA. I’ve eaten it in Italy and France and the U.K., too. I’ve had every kind of pizza from gourmet to frozen to home delivery-style....Read More »

Turkish Street Food That’s Good Enough For The Whole Family

Mar 31, 2014 12:54 PM GMT

Turkish cuisine is famous for it’s delectable street foods like ‘turning kebab,’ roasted chestnuts, and stuffed baked potatoes called ‘kumpir,’  to name a few.  Did you know that there is also a street food that’s delicious...Read More »

Turkish 'Izmir Meatballs' Is A Great Do-Ahead Dish

Feb 28, 2014 07:54 PM GMT

It's sald there is a meatball dish to suite everyone in Turkish cuisine. This is one of my favorites. If you too love the conveniece of casseroles and like to cook ahead of time, this meatball recipe from the Aegean city of Izmir is perfect for you. 'Izmir...Read More »

Dine Like Royalty With Ottoman Almond Soup

Feb 28, 2014 06:31 PM GMT

Did you know that modern Turkish cuisine has many dishes that date back to Ottoman times? The Ottoman Turks were known for their opulent dress, decor and cuisine over a span of more than 500 years. This recipe for creamy almond soup comes straight from...Read More »

Turkish Flour 'Helva' Is The Ultimate Comfort Food

Feb 28, 2014 04:10 PM GMT

Wouldn't you love to curl up with a nice cup of coffee or tea and a few pieces of something tender, sweet and buttery? Then Turkish flour 'helva' is the perfect dessert for you. All you need is some flour, butter and sugar and you're ready to begin....Read More »

Turkish ‘Musakka’ Is A Rich And Delicious Casserole

Feb 18, 2014 12:49 PM GMT

When you hear about moussaka, do you think about Greek cuisine? Many of us know mousakka as a Greek specialty made with layers of tender eggplant, tangy tomato sauce, seasoned ground beef or lamb and a creamy white sauce on top. Did you know that mousakka...Read More »

Turkish Fig Dessert Will Satisfy The Sultan In You

Jan 31, 2014 09:17 PM GMT

Turkish cuisine is known for its super-sweet desserts. Did you know that many of them are actually very nutritious? Many Turkish sweets are based on natural, unrefined ingredients like nuts, fruits and dairy products. A great example of a traditional...Read More »

Start Off Your Meal With Turkish Octopus Salad

Jan 31, 2014 08:47 PM GMT

Turkish cuisine is famous for it’s delicious ‘meze’ dishes. You know, those little sampler plates of cold and hot starters served before the main meal? Whether you decide to eat meat or fish, there is always a set of ‘meze’ plates to match....Read More »

The Perfect Kebab For Company

Jan 31, 2014 08:45 AM GMT

Are you looking for a main course lamb dish that tastes as great as it looks? Look no further than Turkey’s beloved ‘islim kebabi’ (EES’-LEEM’ keh-BOB’-uh). In Turkish cuisine, lamb is one of the most popular meats and eggplant is one of...Read More »

Turkish-style Rice Pilaf For Eggplant Lovers

Jan 30, 2014 09:07 AM GMT

Turkish cuisine is famous for its endless varieties of rice pilaf, or ‘pilav’ (PEE-lav). Turkish pilafs are usually cooked with chicken stock and butter and flavored with bits of vegetables, fruits, nuts or legumes. You can even find pilaf recipes...Read More »

Try Hot Turkish ‘Salep’ Instead Of Hot Cocoa

Jan 04, 2014 11:29 PM GMT

If you love the warm, fuzzy feeling of sipping on a mug of steaming hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day, you have to try ‘salep’ (sah-LEP’). ‘Salep’ is a hot beverage famous in Turkey that’s made with milk and sugar and thickened with,...Read More »

If You’re A Fan Of Ouzo, You’ll Love Turkish ‘Raki’

Dec 31, 2013 06:14 PM GMT

If you’ve travelled anywhere in the eastern Mediterranean like Albania, Greece, Croatia, Turkey or Lebanon, you’ll know what it’s like to sit at a long table that’s lined with small plates of simple but delicious appetizers and small glasses...Read More »

Turkish ‘Boza’ Is An Ancient Drink Packed With Energy And Nutrients

Dec 30, 2013 11:35 AM GMT

If you’ve ever travelled in the Balkans, Turkey or Central Asia, you’ve probably come across a strange beverage that’s thick, sweet and slightly sour all at the same time. You’ve had what most Turkic peoples call ‘boza’ (bo-ZAH’). ‘Boza’...Read More »

Turkish Baked Eggplant Filled With Ground Beef

Dec 27, 2013 06:33 AM GMT

Turkish cuisine is famous for both its eggplant dishes and its creativity with ground beef. If you love both, try this recipe for oven-baked eggplant filled with ground beef, tomatoes and spices, better known as ‘karniyarik’ (karn-UH’ YAHR’-uk)....Read More »

Bulgur Is At Its Best In Turkish ‘Kisir’ Salad

Dec 21, 2013 03:34 AM GMT

Are you looking for great, healthy recipes that call for bulgur? Then this recipe for cold Turkish bulgur and vegetable salad called ‘kisir’ (kus-UHR’) is just what you’ve been waiting for. ‘Kisir’ is a classic Turkish salad that’s served...Read More »


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