Appetizer/Side

Savory appetizers/sides are soooo good. Dim sum, mezes, tapas… whatever the country, they’re delicious. Heaven for me would be having dozens of tiny appetizers/sides for dinner, every dinner. Too bad they take so long to cook, or I’d be in my heaven. Anyway, here are some of the best appetizers/sides that we discovered and developed. We love them, and hope you do too!

Healthy Carrot Muffin Balls

I love carrot cake. After being diagnosed with diabetes, it became a mission of mine to find a healthy recipe […]

Crispy Air-fried Chickpeas

Air-fried chickpeas are such a great snack!  Healthy and super tasty.  Crispy on the outside and slightly soft on the […]

Air-Fried Kale Chip

My sister Vicky developed a simple and incredibly tasty recipe for air-fried kale.  Comes out perfectly crispy every time, and […]

Turkish Beet Arugula Salad

Gulevren taught us how to make this delicious salad during our Thanksgiving 2019 visit.  The sweetness and softness of the […]

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Tabouli

Deniz and I modified this recipe of tabouli from the Ziad bulgur package to meet our tastes.  It has a […]

Turkish Leek and Carrots

One day we were searching for a vegetarian recipe as usual, and we came across this leek & carrot recipe […]

Creamy Cauliflower

Vegetables in a cream sauce, there’s something so satisfying about the combination.  The richness of the cream pairs so well […]

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Creamy Kabocha Squash

I modified Food Network’s Roast kabocha squash with lemongrass cream soup recipe on a whim to make this amazing squash side dish.  The […]

Turkish Ali Nazik Kebab

We were blesssed to get a private cooking lesson from Gülevren last night.  It was a unique treat watching superwoman.  She […]

Quinoa Salad

Found this quinoa salad recipe on Food Network and made minor modifications to fit our taste.  Has a lovely mildly […]

Fusion Bangladeshi Pancakes

I’ve always wondered why there aren’t many savory pancake offerings.  I love the texture of pancakes, but don’t much like sweet […]

Garlic Eggplant Hummus

This is a simpler variation on Marcus Samuelson’s Chickpea-Eggplant Dip in Soul of a New Cuisine.  It’s by far the […]

Mexican VegBeef Tamales

I love tamales, and wish vegetarian versions were more commonly available.  Below is Tyler Florence’s recipe adapted for our vegetarian […]

Chinese Hot and Sour Soup (酸辣湯)

I’ve made this delicious soup in various versions over the years, thanks to Wei-Chuan’s cookbook guidance.  It’s got that perfect balance […]