Archive for the ‘Vegetarian’ Category

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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Honey Almond Squares

June 1st, 2011 | Cookies, Desserts, Pastry, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Honey is amazing, especially if you find the good stuff. Personally, I get tired of the honey bear tube of sugar syrup that they sell at the grocery store. But not so long ago, we had the good fortune to meet a honey grower right here in Orange County. Their honey is the real stuff. […]

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Turkish Yeast Bread

May 22nd, 2011 | Bread, Breakfast, Vegetarian | Christi | No Comments

Weekends mean brunch. A good Turkish brunch always involves bread. And also cheese, sometimes three kinds. This bread combines a rich yeast bread with melty mozzarella topping. Now that I think about it, these would be stellar with a nice stew for dinner. Turkish Yeast Bread 2 cups milk 250 g margarine 1 tsp sugar […]

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Vanilla Pound Cake

May 21st, 2011 | Cake, Desserts, Vegetarian | Christi | 3 Comments

My first pound cake was from the freezer aisle. Seriously. Yay for Sara Lee. However, I quickly was barred from having frozen prepared foods from my preservatives-conscious mother, and since she didn’t bake, I was not to have pound cake until years later when I attempted to bake them at home. Which was, of course, […]

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Sour Cream Coffeecake

May 16th, 2011 | Cake, Desserts, Quickbread, Vegetarian | Christi | 2 Comments

I’m a very literal person. When I first heard “coffeecake”, I thought a cup of joe was poured into the cake batter. How silly of me. But since this cake is so delicious, I forgot the surprise quickly. But, a good coffeecake recipe is hard to find. A perfect cake must have a delicious streusel, […]

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Acma (Rich Turkish Rolls)

May 10th, 2011 | Bread, Breakfast, Turkish, Vegetarian | Christi | 1 Comment

As much as Asian countries’ cuisine is based on rice products, food culture in Turkey is largely based on bread. So much so that without bread, according to my dear hubby, a family meal cannot commence. Rather than eat bread-less, a member of the family will be sent immediately to procure some. In fact, most […]

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