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Janice Yucel

Main Course/ Recipes/ Turkish - Mediterranean

Turkish Shish Kabob (Şiş Kebap – Antep)

Before visiting Turkey for the first time, Anthony Bourdain said he always thought of Turkish food as little more than “meat on a stick.” He later learned that the country’s cuisine is much more nuanced; however, he had a reason for his initial thoughts. 

Kebap – otherwise known as kabob here in the U.S. – is the most common dish you’ll find in States-side Turkish restaurants and truly is enjoyed often in Turkey as well. Shish kabob, aka şiş kebap (şiş means skewer) is typically lamb shoulder, sirloin or leg, cut into small pieces and layered onto a skewer.  Continue Reading…

Dessert/ Recipes

Strawberry Cream Cake

When you head to a North Carolina farmer’s market during April or May, you’re faced with rows and rows of stands lined with big buckets of delicious strawberries. There are plenty of healthy ways to enjoy strawberries like eating them plain and putting on them on salads. But let’s face it, this fruit also makes wonderful desserts, and preserves!

One way to use up some of those preserves right away is by incorporating them into your baking. This Strawberry Cream Cake is a mighty, decadent cake that gives you a strawberry taste without adding artificial flavoring.

Feeling indulgent? Read on, friend.

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Food For Thought/ Health

Eating & Cooking With Seaweed – What To Know

Seaweed is a common ingredient in Asian cuisine that takes on different forms for soups, salads, snacks and entrees. 

Here in the U.S., the names for each type of seaweed are generally more well-known by their Japanese monikers for reasons unknown to me. However, seaweed is very frequently used in Korean and Chinese cuisine as well. Below, I’ll list some of the most common seaweed types by the English names, followed by the Japanese name and the Korean name. Continue Reading…

Dairy-Free/ Gluten-Free/ Korean - Asian/ Recipes/ Small Bites/ Vegetarian

Mild Asian Cucumber Salad

We make a spicy, Korean cucumber salad (cucumber kimchi – but it’s fresh and not fermented) very often in our home and oftentimes when we host a dinner. However, it’s not always a hit with everyone because it is full of gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes) and not all taste buds can handle it. Especially little taste buds!

That’s why I made this mild version for my kids, but it would also be suitable for any dinner guest who prefers not to eat spicy foods. It’s very similar to the original recipe and full of flavor, but just omits some of the ingredients. Continue Reading…