My Story About Life in Turkey During the Global Covid19 Pandemic

I was asked by the Editor of Salaam Gateway to share my story of going through the covid19 pandemic while living abroad in Turkey....

Sponsored: Chickpea Masala Giveaway by Saffron Road Foods

We’re all in this global pandemic together, sharing ideas and inspiration for ways to be healthy while quarantined, ways to share what we have...

Adventures in Turkish Eating: Anatolia- A Gorgeous Cookbook Giveaway

I have so many cookbooks in my culinary library, which has helped shape my cooking and my inspiration for many meals over the years....

How to Use Loofah in Your Kitchen

Some of the things I thought would be super easy to find in Turkey were all-natural products. Much to my surprise, even a country...

My Interview with TheKitchn

Seems like it was just yesterday I had this photo shoot and interview with The Kitchn. I remember that day so clearly- a photo session...

What the Japanese Get Right About School Lunches

I’ve watched with great interest several different videos about Japanese school lunches over the years and it never ceases to amaze me how organized,...

Glistening Greens

Kale, Swiss Chard and many other greens are so easy to make and incorporate into your everyday diet, even if they’re just cooked and...

How My Cooking Challenges in Turkey Have Awakened my Real Inner...

Self empowerment is defined as an individual being “in control of his or her life and views the trials they face in life in a...

Black Seed & Honey: Are You Taking Advantage of This Powerful...

I can remember being interested in health foods as far back as when I was in my early teens. I was simply drawn to...

Dried Persimmons are Your Next New Dessert

As I peruse the Fethiye markets, I don’t even have to look too far before finding something I’ve never seen before from the same...

Citrus Season on the Aegean Coast of Turkey

It’s citrus season in southern Turkey and the entire region is overflowing with oranges, lemons and tangerines. As I walk to the local market...

A List of Top 10 Halal Restaurants in the US is...

There are many delicious halal restaurants popping up all over the U.S., but when I was asked to pick my new favorite, I chose a...

Bourdain and Beyond at the New York Times Food Festival

I’m currently watching this…. There are many greats involved in this talk: Kim Severson, National Food Correspondent at the New York Times; Andrew Zimmern of...

American Medina: Stories of Muslim Chicago Oral History Project

Last September I had the pleasure and absolute honor of being interviewed by Mona Askar for the Chicago History Museum American Medina: Stories of Muslim...

My Recipe for Pomegranate, Pistachio & Goat Cheese Crostini in the...

I’m excited to share that a new recipe I’ve created will be featured in this Winter issue of The Costco Connection in the US, the UK...

Earthquakes, Borek, & a Relaxing Seaside Breakfast

A few days ago we had our third wobble here in Fethiye in the last few months. It was a little less intense than...

Do You Think There’s a Relationship Between Nutrition & Mental Health?

I’ve been fascinated all my adult life by the relationship between food and mental and emotional health. I just never really knew other people...

10 Things to Try While You’re in Turkey

This is a list of things you may not be able to bring out of Turkey, but you should definitely try while there and...

20 Things You Should Bring Back from Turkey

I came to Turkey twice before making the leap to live here for an extended period of time. I’ve been mostly in Istanbul, the...

A Priceless Education About Where Food Comes From

These little sour plums (I believe they’re called Victoria Plum) are in season now in southern Turkey and I can’t stop eating them. They remind...