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Delicious Garlic Hummus

On the few occasions I’ve bought hummus at the grocery store, I received a scoff from my Turkish husband. While I only ever ate hummus once in all of the many trips we’ve taken to Turkey over the years, my husband used to manage the kitchen of a Turkish restaurant (where we met, actually) where it was one of the most popular appetizers on the menu. I remember taking a container home to enjoy as a late dinner after many of my serving shifts. 

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Condiments/ Gluten-Free/ Recipes/ Turkish - Mediterranean

How To Make Yogurt At Home

If you Google “how to make yogurt,” you’ll find many different recipes with different starter cultures, devices like an Instant Pot or actual machines dedicated to making yogurt.

I’m going to give you a really basic recipe for making yogurt that I learned from my Turkish mother-in-law. All you need is milk, a couple heaping spoonfuls of yogurt, a towel or blanket, and two pots.

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Turkish Red Lentil Soup: Mercimek Çorbası

If you’re looking to whip up a quick and nutritious meal, I’ve got something for you to try. If you’ve ever ate at a Turkish restaurant, you’ve likely seen this on the menu. And every Turkish household has a slightly different variation on how to make it. I’m talking about red lentil soup, aka, mercimek çorbası. Continue Reading…

Dairy-Free/ Dessert/ Gluten-Free/ Recipes/ Vegetarian

Oats, Nuts & Berries Cookies (Gluten Free)

When I indulge in a sweet treat, I like for it to at least have some wholesome value. That’s why I love these cookies. Is it low calorie? Nope. But it has a lot of fiber thanks to the oats and nuts, and if you can’t or won’t eat gluten, you’re in the clear. You also have the option to make this dairy-free as well.

Even if you’re not on a special diet or have absolutely no food allergies or aversions of any kind, these cookies are worth making because they are easy to whip up and super scrumptious. Continue Reading…

Condiments/ Dairy-Free/ Gluten-Free/ Korean - Asian/ Recipes

Mama Chong’s Meat Marinade

I’ve always admired how my mom would take the same flavor palate that goes into her Korean cooking and incorporate it into Western dishes. 

My American family and friends always LOVE my mama’s steak, and the big secret is her marinade. It is the same as the marinade for bulgogi, although the preparation is just a little less involved.

This marinade is excellent for beef, but it could also be used for chicken. Continue Reading…