Cold Weather January Soup Is A Lentil Bulgur Soup from Turkey

Winter is a time for soups. This soup is one I came across during a particularly cold April in Turkey. In Turkey, soups are favorite preparations during the winter.  One forgets how cold it gets in the Mediterranean and these soul-satisfying soups are quite perfect for warming up and feeling good about exorcising that piercing […]

Start Your Thanksgiving Turkey Gravy Now!

This week is a good week to prepare the turkey stock for the turkey gravy you’ll have on Thanksgiving. Everybody loves gravy on their turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing so you shouldn’t relegate it to a secondary food. Treat the gravy with respect. It all begins with a turkey stock which you can make now […]

Early Fall Cast Iron Skillet Dish

Early fall in New England where I lived for 15 years is certainly different than early fall in southern California where I live now.  The leaves turned to their gold, auburn, and red hues while the weather was a bit cooler.  In southern California it can still be hot in the early fall and we […]

Memorable Fried Mackerel Sandwiches from Istanbul

One of the great cities of the Mediterranean is Istanbul, known as Constantinople before the Ottoman Turks took it in 1453. Even in the Middle Ages, as well as today, Istanbul had a reputation among Western travelers for marvelous fish, the splendor of its fisheries of Stamboul and Galata, and the quality of the species […]

Vindaloo for Cold Weather

Cold is all relative.  When I lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts I thought a temperature of 35 degrees F in mid February was warm.  Now that I live in southern California, 60 degrees F is downright freezing.  Wherever you live winter does bring out the desire for warming foods and nothing is more warming than foods […]

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