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Cacık – Tzatziki – Refreshing Cucumber & Yogurt Dip

I’d take a venture to guess most Americans know this dish by it’s Greek name, tzatziki; however, it’s also eaten quite often in Turkey where it is called cacık.

There are many different iterations of this dish that vary from house-to-house, but this is a super simple version that will take 5 minutes to prepare! Continue Reading…

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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…

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Sarma – Turkish Stuffed Grape Leaves (Vegan)

‏Stuffed grape leaves are a common Mediterranean dish you can find throughout all regions of Turkey as well as other countries such as Greece. Depending on where you are, the recipe will vary. This version – taught to me by my mother-in-law– has no meat and originates from Eastern Turkey. In Turkish it is called “sarma.” Continue Reading…

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Crispy Roasted Beet Leaves

The past few days I’ve been drinking ABC juice (apples, beetroot, carrots) upon the insistence of my mom who claims it did wonders for her waist circumference and all of its other touted health benefits. (This was after seeing it featured on one of her Korean health shows.) We can go down that road another time, but one result of this new experiment is I had beet stems and leaves that I needed to use.  Continue Reading…