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 served on their own with very little added to them. I just feel like as...
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 positive way. It’s also about building self-esteem and confidence.” This little dish of Pasta with Bechamel Sauce represents the...
I can remember being interested in health foods as far back as when I was in my early teens. I was simply drawn to those sections of magazines that talked about how to make your own face scrubs or...
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 vendors. Tuesday Pazar in Fethiye, Turkey Usually, it’s something from the last or current season that has...
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 to purchase my own, I can see trees in my neighborhood bursting with these fruits....
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 #Chicago restaurant I thoroughly enjoyed for its uniqueness and because it was my most recent...
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 Bizarre Foods (and a little mention of his upcoming travel show); and Pati Jinich of...
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 Chicago Oral History Project. The oral histories have just been published and you can listen to...
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 and Canada.  If you’re a member like me, you’ll get a copy in the mail; if...
A few days ago we had our third wobble here in Fethiye in the last few months. It was a little less intense than the last one, nevertheless discomforting. I didn’t feel the (first one to me) that occurred...
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