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Healthy Turkish Food

The Development of Turkish Food Culture Before the Ottoman Empire

When considering the development of Turkish food culture, the Ottoman Empire and the kitchens of Topkapı Palace are often the first thing to come to mind. However, before the Ottomans … Continue reading

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Simit: Sesame and molasses bread rings

Finding simit in Istanbul is almost too easy, but that’s a good thing. Before coming to Turkey for the first time I was skeptical as to why people rave about simit, … Continue reading

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Firik Pilavı: Freekeh pilaf

I recently had the opportunity to attend a wonderful seminar hosted by the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s YESAM Culinary Arts Center. The speaker was Tuba Şatana, photographer, food story-teller, and creator … Continue reading

December 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Çatal Kurabiye: Savory cookies

In Turkey, these crunchy, savory cookies are commonly eaten in the afternoon with a hot beverage like tea. They are made in many different shapes and sizes, with various toppings … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ada Çayı: Sage Tea

Ada çayı literally means “island tea” in Turkish. In fact, the first time I ever had it, I was in a tea garden on Bozcaada Island. The tea is actually … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Köy Salatası: Village salad

This easy and versatile salad can accompany any meal! You can change amounts of any of the ingredients to fit your preferences. Recipe: (serves 6-8) Hellim/Haloumi cheese, cubed  1 cup … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Whole wheat pizza with eggplant puree and grilled zucchini

Turkey is not known for its pizzas per se; however, Turkish ingredients can really bring a welcomed change to your usual pizza routine. By adding smoky eggplant puree to your pizza, … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

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