Country: Turkey

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April 14, 2021

By Peg Kern

An Iftar Recipe for Ramadan: Lamb Kebabi with Watermelon, Cucumber, and Herb Salad

Filed Under  Kitchen Tips, Recipes, Special Occasions, Travel Tips, Turkey

Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims around the world, a time of fasting, prayer, and charity. The dates of Ramadan change each year (moving forward by 15 days), because it follows a nine-month, lunar calendar, but the month-long rituals remain the same and are meant to commemorate the month in which the Quran was revealed to Muhammad. Each year you can find the approximate dates of Ramadan, but its… Read
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April 1, 2021

By Peg Kern

"When Will I Be Able to Travel to Europe?" and Other Burning Travel Questions in the Age of COVID

Filed Under  Destination Features, Travel Tips, Travel Videos, What's Up at TIK, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Spain, Turkey

Originally published April 1, 2021. Updated June 23, 2021. Our video blogs answer the burning questions surrounding travel in the age of COVID, including "When will I be able to travel to Europe again?" Scroll down for our April 1 blog, and see our May 12 update here. Read on for the most up-to-date news of Italy's reopening.  And read on for updated information.  When will I be able to… Read
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September 18, 2020

By Peg Kern

The History of Baba Ganoush, and a Recipe

Filed Under  Food History, Recipes, Israel, Turkey

We've talked before about eggplant and what an amazing vegetable we think it is, and one of my favorite preparations is in baba ganoush. Also spelled baba ghanoush or baba ghanouj/ganouj/gannuj, this eggplant spread is ridiculously easy to make and exceedingly tasty. Originally a dish of Levantine cuisine (more on that here), its etymology is a bit opaque. "Baba" is an endearment and also the Arabic word for father, while… Read
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September 17, 2020

By Peg Kern

Homemade Hummus and Pita Bread

Filed Under  Recipes, Israel, Turkey

There is nothing as easy as homemade hummus, and homemade pita is surprisingly easy as well. I am always amazing when I make it how delicious it turns out. Of course, you could just make the hummus or the pita, but I pretty much always make these two recipes together. You can make pita of course during one of our fabulous cooking vacations, including our Cuisine & Culture of Israel… Read
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September 9, 2020

By Peg Kern

Grilled Lamb Kofta Kebabs with Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Filed Under  Recipes, What's Up at TIK, Israel, Turkey

Is it just me, or do you get tired of cooking the same meats all the time? During summer grilling season I cook a lot of hamburgers (my burgers are famous in several states, thank you very much), chicken, and fish. When I'm having company maybe steaks, pork, or sausages and hotdogs. And of course, for holidays I might go all out and smoke ribs or pulled pork. But one… Read
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September 8, 2020

By Peg Kern

A Middle Eastern Dinner: Culinary Travels with TIK

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Greece, Israel, Turkey

I found myself craving Middle-Eastern food over the weekend, so I did what I usually do: I decided to make a Middle Eastern dinner! But when my kids asked me what that meant, I found I had trouble answering. "Can it be Middle Eastern food if there is no falafel?" was one question. "I thought that was Greek!" was another comment. So what exactly is "Middle Eastern food"? If the… Read
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