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If you had ever asked me for restaurant recommendations before coming to Istanbul, you must be familiar with Kantin. And I sincerely hope you were there during the artichoke season. Or the ever-so-short snap pea season. Şemsa Denizsel, chef and owner of Kantin, works wonders in the kitchen. And as you’re reading this, she’s cooking up a storm in CIA’s kitchen...

Raclettes are traditionally served with potatoes, salty pickles, pickled onions and dried meat. Canadian Raclettes can also be enjoyed in fondues. On a simpler note, it adds character to grilled-cheese sandwiches, salads and pasta or legume dishes. In a tasting, this cheese won’t go unnoticed! Natural cheeses can generally be divided into four different groups –...

This is a cute, diminutive play on Marlboro Man’s Second Favorite Sandwich. (Please enjoy that vintage post of mine! My fingers were much skinnier back then.) Anyway, this the same general sandwich—grilled chicken, chewy bacon, and gooey cheese—but in precious little slider form for precious little slider-friendly occasions such as, oh…I don’t know…the SUPER...

Who doesn’t love weekends?  Long stretches of time (well, in truth, never long enough!) to fill up as we please – spending time with friends and family, staying out late, sleeping in, morning cuddles with no time limit, 3-hour lunches with wine, impromptu jaunts, dressing up, dressing down, naps!  You time and your rules. So anyway…thank goodness for the...

Zen enthusiasts say that we need to live in the moment more.  Focus on the present.  Shut out extraneous noise.  Feel the air on your skin.  We are always rushing around.  We need to stop, live, exist, feel the right now. I am no expert on Zen, nor on meditation, but I do appreciate the benefits of hitting the pause button and just…being.  Looking back, I...

Posted on Apr 3 2012 - 1:00pm by YSC
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Continuing on my breakfast cup recipes, I recently tackled Bacon Egg McMuffin cups.  English muffin + bacon + egg = Yum. The English muffin develops a nice crispy exterior similar to if you had toasted it. The bacon doesn’t quite wrap around the entire muffin, but it does seem to fit right inside the muffin cup. Inside the crispy bacon wrap is the egg. I used...

Posted on Apr 3 2012 - 12:57pm by YSC
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I saw a version of these easy breakfast cups on Dine and Dish and immediately wanted to make them. I’ve previously made bacon egg toast cups, but these are even easier (though you don’t get the toast). All you need to do is crack an egg into a muffin mold. And you sprinkle cheese and bacon bits on top. The original version uses ham and cheese, but I didn’t...

I’ve been putting this post off for so long. I just didn’t want to write about knefe (or knefeh) in Australia because I couldn’t possibly have done it justice. Let me start by explaining what knefe is. First of all, though it is sweet, knefe is not considered to be dessert; it’s a meal all on its own and it’s most commonly eaten for breakfast. A layer of...