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