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…

Lahmacun a.k.a Turkish Pizza

Lahmacun a.k.a Turkish Pizza

One of the most beloved and popular street foods of Istanbul, Lahmacun is also known as “Turkish Pizza”–a thin flatbread dough is pan cooked with a ground lamb or beef topping, or both in this case. The meat mixture is seasoned with a gorgeous old…

Turkish Ratatouille

Turkish Ratatouille

This classic Ratatouille of thin sliced eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes are dressed in a Turkish spiced tomato sauce and tangy goat cheese–the perfect light summer accompaniment to your late July dinner. Stir It Up French Ratatouille as we know it originated at the end of…

Turkish Manti

Turkish Manti

If you go looking for treasure long enough, deep enough, and carefully enough, you will find it. Such are the tiny beauties known as Manti in Turkish cuisine. They are small (quite small) purse shaped dumplings filled with a simple something–ours were beef, onion, parsley,…

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…

Turkish Kunefe – a Breakfast Companion

Turkish Kunefe – a Breakfast Companion

Empire Comforts What I love about Turkish comfort food is that it is usually deceptively simple with its ingredients and method. Yet, Turkish food history is a complex one. Coming from Central Asia, and running at times concurrently with the Western Roman Empire, Turkish food…

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…

Turkish Eggs Menemen

Turkish Eggs Menemen

Brunch Stories This story, like most great dishes, begins with a confluence of life and food. In the case of Shakshouka, which likely originated in Tunisian North African cuisine, the eggs are the star of the show–cracked whole into the waves of a tomato sauce…