Category Archives: APPETIZERS AND SIDE DISHES

Two Sisters On A Boat Mucver – Zucchini Fritters Version II

  Over the summer, my family and I took a trip to Kaş, a lovely seaside town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. My most memorable day of the trip was on a boat that took us along the coast to

Two Sisters On A Boat Mucver – Zucchini Fritters Version II

  Over the summer, my family and I took a trip to Kaş, a lovely seaside town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. My most memorable day of the trip was on a boat that took us along the coast to

Zucchini Fritter Muffins

My clever mother-in-law has a wonderful recipe for baked zucchini fritters. These are usually fried. Instead of frying, she bakes them in a muffin pan. I really like this presentation. Not only is it healthier than frying, it’s cute and

Zucchini Fritter Muffins

My clever mother-in-law has a wonderful recipe for baked zucchini fritters. These are usually fried. Instead of frying, she bakes them in a muffin pan. I really like this presentation. Not only is it healthier than frying, it’s cute and

Cinnamon Fried Cauliflower

This is another one of my mother’s delicious side-dishes. I don’t know where this is from, but I remember eating cauliflower this way since I was little. It’s impossible to have just one floret. Even my children, who are more

Cinnamon Fried Cauliflower

This is another one of my mother’s delicious side-dishes. I don’t know where this is from, but I remember eating cauliflower this way since I was little. It’s impossible to have just one floret. Even my children, who are more

Jerusalem Artichokes With Mint And Lemon

What a great side dish this is with roast chicken or fish. My mother-in-law gave me this recipe, which I loved from first taste. The ingredients are absolutely perfect together. Mint and lemon are heavenly together. Add this to the

Jerusalem Artichokes With Mint And Lemon

What a great side dish this is with roast chicken or fish. My mother-in-law gave me this recipe, which I loved from first taste. The ingredients are absolutely perfect together. Mint and lemon are heavenly together. Add this to the

Spiralized Cucumber and Armenian String Cheese Salad With Basil Dressing

Like many others, I recently caught the spiralizer food craze. It’s been fun coming up with the myriad of spiralized dish possibilities. After testing different versions, I came up with this yummy cucumber salad with Armenian braided string cheese. It

Spiralized Cucumber and Armenian String Cheese Salad With Basil Dressing

Like many others, I recently caught the spiralizer food craze. It’s been fun coming up with the myriad of spiralized dish possibilities. After testing different versions, I came up with this yummy cucumber salad with Armenian braided string cheese. It

Mushrooms With Ground Coriander And Cilantro

Here is a very fast and flavorful side-dish that I learned from my mother. There’s quite a lot of ground coriander in this recipe, but the combination of flavors works very well. This dish takes about 15 minutes to prepare

Mushrooms With Ground Coriander And Cilantro

Here is a very fast and flavorful side-dish that I learned from my mother. There’s quite a lot of ground coriander in this recipe, but the combination of flavors works very well. This dish takes about 15 minutes to prepare

Momma Anita's Armenian Eggplant and Pomegranate Salad

Momma Anita’s Armenian Eggplant And Pomegranate Salad

If my mother has a pomegranate handy, she’ll pop some seeds into one of her lovely salads.  Here is one salad she’s made since I was little.  She tells me that it’s a traditional Armenian salad. It’s a super easy

Momma Anita's Armenian Eggplant and Pomegranate Salad

Momma Anita’s Armenian Eggplant And Pomegranate Salad

If my mother has a pomegranate handy, she’ll pop some seeds into one of her lovely salads.  Here is one salad she’s made since I was little.  She tells me that it’s a traditional Armenian salad. It’s a super easy

Charred Corn Salad With Avocado-Sour Cream Dressing

My children love fresh corn. Now that corn is in season, grilled corn is on rotation, whether it’s on the cob or in a salad. I came up with this simple charred corn salad, which gets its creaminess from the

Charred Corn Salad With Avocado-Sour Cream Dressing

My children love fresh corn. Now that corn is in season, grilled corn is on rotation, whether it’s on the cob or in a salad. I came up with this simple charred corn salad, which gets its creaminess from the

Zucchini With Onions and Allspice and Labne With Olive Oil

My Vegetarian Lunch Favorites Eaten With Pita Bread: Zucchini With Onions and Allspice and Labne With Olive Oil

This is a super healthy lunch I make myself sometimes, and both dishes can also be a lovely accompaniment to any meal. I don’t even use any utensils for these dishes. I just scoop up mouthfuls with pieces of pita

Zucchini With Onions and Allspice and Labne With Olive Oil

My Vegetarian Lunch Favorites Eaten With Pita Bread: Zucchini With Onions and Allspice and Labne With Olive Oil

This is a super healthy lunch I make myself sometimes, and both dishes can also be a lovely accompaniment to any meal. I don’t even use any utensils for these dishes. I just scoop up mouthfuls with pieces of pita

Beijing street food: Uyghur style kebabs (Yangrou Chuanr) and Tiger Salad (Laohu Cai)

Beijing summer nights for me meant that it was street food season. The nights were warm, and it felt good to be outside after a long Beijing winter. Some restaurants would do brisk business by putting plastic tables and chairs

Beijing street food: Uyghur style kebabs (Yangrou Chuanr) and Tiger Salad (Laohu Cai)

Beijing summer nights for me meant that it was street food season. The nights were warm, and it felt good to be outside after a long Beijing winter. Some restaurants would do brisk business by putting plastic tables and chairs

2 divine speads: Carrot with yogurt and dill and Muhammara

2 divine spreads – Carrot, dill and yogurt and Muhammara

My carrot spread and muhammara are perfect appetizers for when guests come over. Let’s start with the carrot spread. My mother in-law makes this Turkish spread, or a version of it, that instantly took me back to a carrot salad

2 divine speads: Carrot with yogurt and dill and Muhammara

2 divine spreads – Carrot, dill and yogurt and Muhammara

My carrot spread and muhammara are perfect appetizers for when guests come over. Let’s start with the carrot spread. My mother in-law makes this Turkish spread, or a version of it, that instantly took me back to a carrot salad

2 divine spreads – Carrot, dill and yogurt and Muhammara

Celery root and leek fritters

There are so many variations of fritters. This one with Celery root and leeks is sure to please everyone in the family. Both my children love this. I serve the fritters with a salad. It’s also nice to serve this

2 divine spreads – Carrot, dill and yogurt and Muhammara

Celery root and leek fritters

There are so many variations of fritters. This one with Celery root and leeks is sure to please everyone in the family. Both my children love this. I serve the fritters with a salad. It’s also nice to serve this