Spicy Carrot and Green Lentil Salad

Spicy Carrot and Green Lentil Salad

February 22nd, 2013  | Category: Beans and Legumes, Salad, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian


I have been celebrating the New Year's Eve at The Mansion for as long as I can remember. But last year, plans changed and at the very last minute, I found myself in Alaçatı - a small village far away from home. We arrived the day before New Year's Eve and decided to check out a few of the antique shops in the village. As we reached the ...

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Potato Salad with Crunchy Pastirma

Potato Salad with Crunchy Pastirma

October 16th, 2009  | Category: Salad


The inspiration for this potato salad came when I was preparing eggs & pastırma for a brunch with friends. For those who haven't heard of it before, pastırma (pass-trrr-mah) is an air-dried cured beef, which I consider to be one of the ultimate treats for a typical Turkish breakfast or brunch. Pastırma is believed to be the origin of the Italian pastrami, but for me the taste ...

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Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

March 27th, 2009  | Category: Chicken, Salad


The Chicken Caesar Salad page of my recipe notebook must be the most stained and wrinkled page ever. A clean, cream-colored page of my Moleskin is the birth place of my recipes. Sometimes it stays clean forever, and in some instances – like the below Chicken Caesar Salad recipe – the notes I jot down turns it into a crime scene. But I must add… Those recipes turn ...

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Two Summer Salads

Two Summer Salads

July 18th, 2008  | Category: Salad, Turkish Cuisine


Come summer, I find a box full of organic produce on my desk every Monday morning. Big, bright red tomatoes that do smell and taste like tomatoes, tiny crunchy seedless cucumbers, crisp & sweet green peppers and a bunch of tender purslane. And how can I forget the dark purple eggplants that will perfume my kitchen all week long while they bake in the oven with ...

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Mung Bean Salad

Mung Bean Salad

June 19th, 2008  | Category: Beans and Legumes, Salad, Turkish Cuisine, Vegetarian


The above mung bean salad wasn't actually included in the original "San Francisco on The Bosphorus" menu. Instead, I planned to prepare another traditional salad called Gavurdagi, which is usually served at kebab restaurants. A small Mexican restaurant on Columbus Street (crossing Chestnut) that we used to visit with colleagues for lunch on a regular basis was the inspiration. They would always bring a complimentary bowl of tortilla ...

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