Turkish Red Pepper and Walnut Dip (Muhammara)

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Oh, it has only been 18 days since I posted my last recipe. I have to be honest, it takes a while for me to get out of holiday mode. Between 20+ dozen cookies baked, 2 prime rib dinners and losing my waistline (and maybe my mind), a decompression was much welcomed! But it does […]

Turkish Lentil Soup and Hanukkah Giveaway!

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Happy Hanukkah Eve! Well actually it starts at sundown, but the first full day is tomorrow, if you want to get technical. A few of my very good bloggy girlfriends and I got together to share a fun and delicious Hanukkah menu! Each of us took a different course and created a “virtual” dinner party, […]

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. […]