Turkish Breakfast with Eggplant Borek

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I can’t believe it will almost be a year since Joe and I traveled to one of our favorite places in the world. I have always dreamt of traveling to Istanbul and walking on the same pavement my ancestors have. Ever since I was young, my mom would always talk about her grandmother from Turkey […]

Vegetarian Stuffed Grape Leaves

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I have been dreaming of making a vegetarian stuffed grape leaves for months now. Not that my mom’s classic stuffed grape leaves aren’t perfect (which they are!). I grew up on eating the families simplified version with as little as 3 ingredients (not including lemon slices and water). There was never any measuring really and […]

Pistachio Baklava with Orange Blossom Simple Syrup

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I just couldn’t wait anymore. I have had baklava on the bucket list for years and it wasn’t until our trip last year to Istanbul that we really understood the true way to enjoy the popular sweet. Apparently, Americans have been doing it all wrong. There is an art to the way you eat baklava. […]

Mom’s Stuffed Grape Leaves

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I grew up eating grape leaves. They are an acquired taste being that the grape leaves sit in brine and stuffed in jars. The brine soaks into the leaves and at the first turn of the jar you can smell the aroma of…brine. I don’t know how else to explain brine…vinegary with a slight tang, […]