Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Shrimp and Peanut Sauce

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

We order these spring rolls almost every time we go to our favorite Thai restaurant. So it came as a bit of a surprise during a visit to Southeast Asia that the recipe is actually one from Vietnam. Pin or bookmark the recipe for later! No matter what the origin, these fresh spring rolls always … Read more

Fig and Onion Chutney

Fig and Onion Chutney

I happened to have several figs left-over from a poached fig with walnuts and chocolate dessert I made earlier in the week. Figs (in my experience) are one of those ingredients that don’t get used very often, and then when you have them the few left over end up lingering in the pantry until you … Read more

Stuffed Eggplant with Onion, Tomato and Fresh Herbs

Stuffed Eggplant with Onion and Tomato

I ran across this dish on a month-long visit to Istanbul. Eggplant was in season at the time and we were able to sample quite a few dishes that were new to me. I love traveling to places that aren’t afraid of variety, spice and flavor – Istanbul is one such place. This dish is served … Read more

Yogurt Dip with Jalapeno and Fresh Herbs

Yogurt Mint Jalapeno Dip

This yogurt dip recipe was inspired by a recent trip to Istanbul. In most restaurants after you are seated a waiter comes along with a tray filled with little dishes (mezze or appetizers). There is typically an assortment of hot and cold items available with flavors that vary from mild to spicy. Going out for appetizers … Read more

Turkish Meatballs – Kofte

Kofte Turkish Meatballs Recipe

When I first ordered, Köfte, or Turkish Meatballs (Kofta) in Istanbul I was completely surprised by the flavor. They were like no other meatball that I had ever tried. The Turkish are not afraid of using exotic spices combinations and this dish is no exception. We found Kofte on most Turkish menus, and were told … Read more

Warm Eggplant Salad with Ottoman Spice Mix

Warm Eggplant Salad

We ordered this dish as part of a mezze (appetizer) platter in Turkey, and I’ll have to admit I wasn’t expecting it to wow me. My experience with eggplant was of having a few poorly made, deep fried eggplant parmesan dishes. Mushy and tasteless. I’m glad I ordered this warm eggplant salad because it officially changed my … Read more

Curried Black-Eyed Peas

Curried Black Eyed Peas

This dish was inspired by a mezze platter that I had while visiting Turkey. They have a wonderful tradition of offering an assortment of cold and hot appetizers (mezze) along with warm bread. This cold curried black-eyed pea dish became one of our favorites. It’s easy to make and full of fresh herbs and spices. … Read more

Gluten Free Cheese Puffs – Pão de Queijo

Gluten Free Cheese Puffs

Pão de Queijo are a favorite snack in Brazil. These cheesy pastries are small bites of cheese bread that are eaten all day long. They are loved for a reason. Unlike the cheese puffs that you are acquainted with, these have a stretchy texture and are gluten-free. This is due to the flour used to … Read more

Pan Toasted Cheese and Guava Appetizer

Pan Toasted Brazilian Cheese

In Brazil, they have a popular dessert called “Romeo and Juliet” (Romeu e Julieta ). It is a simple preparation of a mildly salty cheese paired with a slice of sweet guava paste. Its name is apparently due to the pairing of these two flavors – they just simply and go together perfectly. I’ve changed up … Read more

Peruvian Fish Ceviche

Peruvian Ceviche

Peru is becoming known as a “foodie” destination. Part of the reason for this is the incredible diversity of available fresh ingredients, due to the large number of microclimates in the country. Chefs in Peru are able to utilize the freshest seafood as well as exotic foods grown high in the Andes mountains or grown … Read more