Archive for the ‘Vegetarian’ 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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Whole Wheat Pita Bread

January 9th, 2014 | Bread, Quick, Vegetarian | Christi | 1 Comment

Make the dough for this fresh pita bread on a Sunday night. Let it rise and then store it in the fridge in a large plastic bag for up to 5 days. Take a small baseball-sized piece from the dough to make pitas each day, especially for fresh bread at dinnertime. Make pita chips with […]

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Scallion Pancakes

January 8th, 2014 | Asian, Bread, Pastry, Sides, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

If you’re a fan of dimsum, you’ll love these scallion pancakes. The way the dough is rolled makes for multiple layers of flakey pastry. Be careful not to roll the final pancake too thin, or it will be a hard disk. You want it tender in the middle. The dipping sauce is a must to […]

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Cinnamon Crumb Coffeecake

October 1st, 2011 | Bread, Breakfast, Cake, Desserts, Pastry, Quickbread, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Sometimes I like to talk. Alot. I have to hold myself back from yapping the other person to death. Of course, there are other times where I love to embrace the silence. A nice book, an evening walk, or maybe even a weekend brunch filled with brown sugar and cinnamon- in the form of these […]

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Tuxedo Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

September 15th, 2011 | Chocolate, Desserts, Fruit, Quick, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

These are chocolate-covered strawberries to the max! Perfect for your next event, birthday, or weddings! Or heck, make them for a romantic evening with your boo-boo. Super easy to make, and quick to boot. These little guys should be made not more than a day in advance, as the berries can start getting a little sad […]

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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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Chocolate-Covered Cream Puffs

August 7th, 2011 | Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | 2 Comments

Cream puffs, profiteroles, pate a Choux…they all sound so distinguished. Fancy dancy, which can mean disaster in my kitchen. Thankfully with a bit of patience and a watchful eye, these babies will be popping out of your oven in no time. Cool them completely before filling with cream. You can also use pastry cream, if you wish. […]

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Turkish Baklava

July 26th, 2011 | Cookies, Desserts, Pastry, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 2 Comments

I miss Istanbul. I miss the crazy bus drivers, the open bazaars, and the amazing street food. I miss the sweets- Turkish delight, and authentic baklava. Then again, sometimes you have to improvise. Turkish baklava is traditionally made with pistachios. That can get expensive, so a mix of almonds, cashews or walnuts are also delicious. […]

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Corny Cornbread

June 12th, 2011 | Bread, Quickbread, Sides, Vegetarian | Christi | 1 Comment

Cornbread is means something different to everyone. Southern and Northern parts of the U.S. have their own versions, as well as other variations including savory, hot, and almost muffin-like. To me, the best cornbread should be sweet but not cloyingly so, have a sticky top layer, and be moist, but not gummy. This recipe is […]

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