Travel is food. Food is travel. For us, traveling over the last 35+ years, we travel and eat. We collect local recipes. We attend culinary events and lessons. We love food and we love sharing our international recipes with you.

Turkish Food – Pilav Recipe

Turkish Food - Pilav.

You cannot travel around Turkey without trying pilav. It comes with almost every meal; some might say it’s essential Turkish food. Pilav or rice is a traditional Turkish side dish. Unfortunately, in the restaurants, it has largely been replaced by bulgur or bread, since rice is so much more expensive. The Turks take great pride in their rice. I have to agree, it’s buttery and often contains small pasta, like orzo and sometime pine nuts. Here is a recipe for Turkish Pilav: Soak 1 cup of rice in enough salted water to cover it for 30 minutes prior to cooking. Take a skillet and melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the rinsed rice and stir in hot pan until glossy …

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Mongolian Food – Khuushuur Recipe

Mongolia Food Khuushuur Recipe.

A bit travel weary and dirty since we hadn’t had a shower in three days, our adventure was still in its early stages when we learned a couple important lessons. What is traditional Mongolian food, and what is khuushuur? We had been in Mongolia for about three days, and we had hired a Russian van and driver to take six of us around the country, hitting the all the major sights.  We were excited, and maybe a bit naive to what this would mean.  We didn’t even take the hint when Jack, our driver, made a supermarket stop on the edge of Ulaanbaatar right at the beginning of our nine day journey.  None of us really stocked up on much, …

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Lithuanian Recipe Apple Cake

Lithuanian Recipe Apple Cake

Nijole’s (Lithuanian) Apple Cake and Recipe Jump directly to the recipe, here! I stayed with a an amazing host family while I was in Kaunas, Lithuania and Nijole was a fantastic cook. One of her favorite things was the little garden plot the family owned a little outside of the city. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it, but it sounded lovely. While we were there, Nijole served us all manner of apple products that she had made from the apples in her garden. In fact, she had at least three apple trees, planted and named after her three children.  The apples that we were enjoying came from her first daughter, Victoria’s tree. They were delicious as cider, cake, jam, …

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Turkish Food – Fasulye – White Beans Recipe

Turkish white beans.

A delicious Turkish dish that can easily be converted to vegetarian, fasulye is a staple in Turkish households.  Follow this recipe with any white bean, White Northern beans might be the closest to Turkish beans in the States.   Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons oil (sunflower, if possible) 1 Tablespoon butter 1 small onion – diced 4 medium cloves garlic – diced 1/2 can crushed tomatoes 1 small can tomato paste 2 Tablespoons of red pepper paste beans, already moistened or use canned as well 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon paprika Optional:  Sausage*, skinned and sliced (one or two links) Directions: In large pot, heat oil and butter.  Saute onions and garlic, until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes, …

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Turkish Food – Fried Eggplant and Peppers with Sauces

Eggplant and peppers.

Patlican Biber Kizartmasi or Fried Eggplant and Peppers with Yogurt and Tomato Sauce On a lazy afternoon, thinking about food, of course. This picture and the memory of the taste comes unbidden to mind.  Luckily, I got this recipe from my good friend, Fusun. I discovered this dish at one of my favorite restaurants in Ankara. I just love it! 4 Asian eggplants, the long skinny ones salt 2 spicy green peppers, like a 2 jalapeno peppers 1 large can of crushed tomatoes 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar salt and pepper to taste 4-5 cloves crushed garlic Sunflower Oil Plain yogurt Eggplant: 1. “Stripe” peel the eggplant and slice 2. Salt in a collander and …

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Khinkali Recipe – The Dumpling from Georgia

Khinkali Recipe - Georgian Dumplings

On my way to Georgia, I was on a mission. I had researched the local dumpling, khinkali, and was fascinated by it. I love the way it looks, the way people eat it. I definitely wanted to learn how to make it, but could not find a cooking lesson advertised anywhere. Jump to Recipes Simple Dough Meat Filling Potato Filling Cheese Filling Upon our arrival, the first thing we did was pick up our rental car. Jim always makes those reservations, and I didn’t realize that it wasn’t just a rental place, it was a full on tourist agency. While we sat and did all the paperwork, which was more time consuming than usual since we were taking the car to Armenia …

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Harvest Mushroom Soup Recipe

Mushroom Soup Recipe

When the wind starts blowing, and the leaves start falling, there is just nothing that warms you up better than this. I like to highlight foods I’ve found while traveling. Usually, it is something that is not very well-known in the States, but many people eat mushroom soup in the U.S.A. Hopefully this is a new twist on an old recipe. Mushroom soup is such a warming comfort food! We first had this soup in one of our favorite restaurants in Misawa, Japan. Northern Japan can be very cold and snowy, so every now and then during those long winters we would head down to the Russian restaurant for this delicious warm up. The chef and owner of the restaurant had …

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Camp Recipes – Banana Boats

banana boats

Camping Season is here! There’s no better campfire treat than Banana Boats!   It’s one of my favorite camp recipes! Campgrounds are opening all over the northern hemisphere, camping season has arrived! I love camping and have done so all over the world. I love sleeping under the stars, or in a tent, or when we lived in Alaska in our camper. I love setting everything up, and having conversations, singalongs, and lots of food by the campfire. We have plenty of camp recipes and I thought I would share a few here as I get ready for making my shopping list for our camping trip through France and Spain this summer. One of my family’s favorite campfire treats is the …

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