Turkish Manti

I distinctly remember the first time I had manti. It was on my first visit to Istanbul. Selim’s cousins took us out to dinner one night at a restaurant I wish I could remember ūü§∑‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ I was eyeing the mantńĪ, that was described in English as “lamb dumplings in yogurt sauce.” One of Selim’s cousins…

Sultan Selim Kofte

K√∂fte is one of those dishes that calls to mind something slightly different for every person. Apparently, some company in Turkey determined that there are 291 varieties of¬†k√∂fte native to that country alone. (I get my information via Wikipedia’s kofte page, because I can’t read the¬†original article in Turkish – so hopefully it’s not lying…

Spicy Feta Dip

Ok y’all, I know I say things like this all the time, but… This dip is SO easy to make and SO worth it. Bring this to your next family gathering, book club, or just make it for tomorrow’s dinner! It’s spicy without being overpowering. And everyone loves feta cheese! On that note, now is…

Turkish Red Lentil Soup

We haven’t shared that many soup recipes on here, but soup probably makes up a good third of my diet. I love soup! This is just another reason why I was born to marry into a Turkish family. If you ever make it to Turkey (which I can’t suggest more highly), you’ll see that delicious…

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 b√∂rek next. He loves b√∂rek – although it’s kind of hard to say it’s his favorite…

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 TopkapńĪ Palace, where the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire once lived. ¬†When people think of filo dough, most think of decadent sweets…

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.¬†G√∂zleme¬†is one of the many great Turkish street foods. (Lahmacun¬†is another that if you…

High Plateau Soup

Do you love soup as much as I do? Are you looking for a little variety in your soup life? Then this might be the soup for you. A few years ago, we were in Turkey visiting Selim’s family. Over there, I basically hit the soup jackpot. Not only does Turkish cuisine include soup with…

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?…