Archive for the ‘Mediterranean’ Category

Chickpea Hummus Dip

January 11th, 2014 | Mediterranean, Quick, Sides, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

I love hummus. Made with high protein chickpeas, it can a healthy snack to have around. This version uses a minimal amount of olive oil and only uses a tiny bit of roasted sesame oil to bring out the rich flavor but without using globs of tahini. Add roasted red peppers, extra garlic, parmesan… whatever […]

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Feta and Parsley Rolled Pastry (Cigarette Borek)

January 10th, 2014 | Breakfast, Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Sigara boregi is a Turkish cigarette- shaped pastry made with feta cheese and phyllo dough. This savory pastry is perfect with coffee, but can be eaten as an appetizer or side dish. I like to eat them for breakfast. These are seriously addicting. If you can find fresh or packaged Yufka, that’s the way to […]

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Pine Nut Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

August 23rd, 2011 | Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Mediterranean cultures are full of stuffed foods. Whether it be tomatoes, eggplants, bread, or grape leaves! With the abundance of grapevines in the warm climate, fresh grape leaves are way easier to find than in the U.S. However, pickled grape leaves can be easily found in major supermarkets and Middle Eastern markets. Turkish cuisine has […]

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Mediterranean Flatbread

February 2nd, 2011 | Bread, Mediterranean, Quick, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 8 Comments

This recipe is one I have almost memorized. I make it when I want a quick flatbread and it also makes a killer pizza dough. It only has a half-hour rise and a short one as the oven heats up, which is pretty unheard of for a yeast bread. Convinced yet? It also tastes like […]

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Crustless Spinach Quiche with Feta Cheese

January 12th, 2011 | Breakfast, Mediterranean, Vegetarian | Christi | 3 Comments

Oddly enough, the first memory I have of a quiche was at my high school Renaissance festival. If any of my closet readers are my old high school buddies, yeah, you guys remember. Everyone dressed up as either a member of the Court, a servant, or a wench. I think I may have been the […]

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Grecian Sweet Braid (Choreki)

January 5th, 2011 | Bread, Breakfast, Mediterranean, Vegetarian | Christi | 8 Comments

Let’s be straight. There’s a ton of different types of bread. Too many that we tend to lump them all into one category. In my mind, though, there is bread, and then there’s bread. Special bread, the kind that make you silently gasp, “Oh. My. Goodness!” This is one of those. Rich, buttery, without being […]

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Simit (Turkish Sesame Bagel)

December 31st, 2010 | Bread, Breakfast, Mediterranean, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 10 Comments

In case you’re new here, you should know a few things. 1. I married a Turkish man. 2. I call him Bear, Mister Bear, or Gorilla, depending on the occasion. You may hear me talk of him a lot. He’s the main victim, er, happy recipient of my culinary explorations. Much of the time, he […]

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Turkish Feta Parsley Buns (Pogca)

October 30th, 2010 | Bread, Breakfast, Mediterranean, Pastry, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 11 Comments

There’s a lot of compromise involved in life, particularly in relationships. Having married a Turkish man-bear who is completely different from me in culture, religion, and ethnicity, clashing is a daily affair in our home. When it comes to mealtime, the fluctuations are particularly amusing. One evening we may have kimchi stew with Korean sidedishes […]

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Marinated Artichokes in Red Pepper Sauce

June 4th, 2010 | Dressing, Mediterranean, Quick, Sauce, Sides, Vegetarian | Christi | 2 Comments

Sometimes I’m not much of a lady. I burp after drinking soda, laugh so hard until I snort or even let out a few ****ing swear words.

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Greek Style Tomatoed Green Beans

May 25th, 2010 | Mediterranean, Sides, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

I had my first green bean when I was nine years old. It emerged frozen in a little plastic bag…

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