Farewell Columbia

We're going to have to update our Meet Us! page here soon. Right now on there, we described ourselves as "newlyweds... currently living in South Carolina." Well for one, I'm not sure we're newlyweds anymore. When does that end exactly? And secondly, we're leaving South Carolina. We moved down here to attend graduate school back... Continue Reading →

Spinach & Feta Börek

Now that we've started using filo dough (see: Baklava - we've made it twice since posting it!), we've gained a little bit of confidence in working with the thin, finicky dough. So I knew Selim would want to tackle börek next. He loves börek - although it's kind of hard to say it's his favorite... Continue Reading →

Baklava

Filo dough can be very intimidating to work with.  It's hard to find, not used in American cuisine, and requires patience to handle.  We learned that filo dough originated in the kitchens of Topkapı Palace, where the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire once lived.  When people think of filo dough, most think of decadent sweets... Continue Reading →

Challah

So the other evening, I tried to flip the ceiling fan on (after Selim told me not to because he thought it was broken, but I forgot ok?!), and instead blew a fuse. I tried to flip the breaker back and it sent blue sparks at me. So I quit doing that. I may not... Continue Reading →

Spinach & Feta Gözleme

What's the first thing people think of when they think of Turkish food? Kofte is the first thing for most people, but there's so much more! Don't worry, we're going to keep cooking our way through them and sharing with you here. Gözleme is one of the many great Turkish street foods. (Lahmacun is another that if you... Continue Reading →

Garlic & Truffle Pimento Cheese

South Carolina is known for many dishes in the world of all things culinary. Favorites include low country boils, boiled peanuts, shrimp & grits, sweet tea, cornbread, and of course... pimento cheese!  South Carolinians seem use a fair amount of mayonnaise in their pimento cheese, but instead of Duke's or Kraft's mayo we made garlic truffle aioli.... Continue Reading →

Cinnamon Buns

Yesterday was Selim's birthday! We celebrated by both having weekend shifts at the hospital. I was only there until 11pm, while he was there overnight, setting me up perfectly to make him post-birthday breakfast. Usually he's the breakfast guy... It basically requires heavy machinery to drag me out of bed in the morning. But I... Continue Reading →

Lahmacun

What is lahmacun you ask? Let's start with pronunciation. If you're American (or not Turkish, really), I can almost guarantee your guess is wrong. In Turkish, the pronunciation of 'c' as we English speakers know it, doesn't really exist. If you see a 'c' in a Turkish word, think of it as an English 'j.' Easy enough?... Continue Reading →

Homemade Pasta Carbonara

In 2015, we went on a trip to Italy & Turkey. After eating our way through Rome, we became mildly obsessed with fresh pasta. So we got the pasta attachments for our stand mixer and have been trying to master making pasta from scratch ever since. The first time we attempted homemade pasta, we decided... Continue Reading →

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