Turkish Chicken Pide

Turkish Chicken Pide

Turkish Pide are “bread boats” made with an easy to prep dough. These are filled with creamy goats cheese and mozzarella, shredded oven baked chicken breast, onions, peppers, and the most enticing Turkish spice mix, including paprika, red pepper flakes, sumac, and oregano. The Turk’s…

Neapolitan Pesto White Pizza

Neapolitan Pesto White Pizza

This Neapolitan Pesto White Pizza is made with a full bodied fresh pesto and a Roberta’s style pizza dough that cradle not just ricotta, but mozzarella and a burrata centerpiece, along with half moons of shallot, and a sprinkle of red pepper & olive oil.…

Irish Brown Bread

Irish Brown Bread

I cannot remember the first time I had Irish brown bread. I’m guessing it was while living in Dublin and going to school that, one day, I bought a regular old package of sliced bread and the creamiest butter I’ve ever had. Toast and butter,…

The Turk Burger

The Turk Burger

The man in my life and in our home is an American Turk. He grew up with a Turkish father in Astoria, Queens, which is where my mother calls home too. After years there, in Long Island, and California, he is still very Turkish, also…

Whiskey & Tea (Whiskey Tea Barmbrack)

Whiskey & Tea (Whiskey Tea Barmbrack)

Lazy Irish Afternoon There is something delicate and extraordinary about an Irish pub in the afternoon hours. Depending on whether you find yourself in a bustling Dublin pub, like the many I frequented while living there in the late 90’s, to a languid Galway pub…

City of the Prairie

City of the Prairie

A Companion Essay to Cevapcici Feast Day By Maryana Lucia Vestic Cevapcici recipes found here Outskirts The crumbling facade of the apartment block stood idle under the pale Bosnian morning. No shadows existed, whether made by the Igman mountain, the remaining scorched birch trees, or…

Croatian Cevapcici

Croatian Cevapcici

Amnesia I have no memory of eating Cevapcici as a child. Wait, I’m moving too fast. For those who do not know, Cevapcici (also called Cevapci and Cevapi–Croatians sometimes like to add the ‘ci’ in the hopes of sounding more Italian) finds its history, as…

Burek: The King of Street Food

Burek: The King of Street Food

A History (or lack of) I have a confession to make. My mother never made a Burek in her life. I never ate Burek growing up, even though our family prepped, cooked, baked, and consumed all manner of Croatian feasts. In 1982, after our summer…