Author Archives: Helen Akinc

About Helen Akinc

Writer: The Praeger Handbook for College Parents, Praeger Publishing, Dec. 31, 2009; Inter-cultural coach: Teaching Intercultural Competency Program for International Studies, Wake Forest University; speak Turkish, Cook: Very interested in ethnic cooking and am working on a Turkish cookbook;

veggie lasagna

I’m always a bit dubious when it comes to veggie lasagna as I’ve been to far too many banquets where that was the default vegetarian choice. Since after several bouts of food poisoning, I have become very picky about meat … Continue reading

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Talking Tofurky

No, I didn’t misspell the word. Tofurky is a vegan product, a substitute for turkey, made from plant based protein, primarily soy protein. I’ve used the ground “meat” products for a while and they are really good. Today I’m going … Continue reading

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The Most Wonderful Pork Roast

Well. If I do say so myself, the pork roast I made a few days ago was quite remarkable. It was a boneless pork shoulder, which I confess I had not ever cooked before, and, given that we were having … Continue reading

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Bulgur with Lentils

Sometimes when Monday rolls around, I think that maybe I can skip “Meatless Monday” or that I’ll make something using only a tiny amount of meat and then I feel guilty about that (because, after all, I did pledge to … Continue reading

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falafel

What an amazing dish. I frequently order falafel when eating at a Middle Eastern restaurant but for some reason had never made them at home. Boy, is that going to change. These may move into the rotation. I went on … Continue reading

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Miss J.

There’s an older lady I sometimes encounter who works as a cashier at local chain. She doesn’t work too many hours or too many days because she has severe physical limitations from multiple sclerosis. She really impacted me yesterday and … Continue reading

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Food and community

It’s interesting  how community is so often built around food. Breaking bread together is the way we form relationships and bond. The people I know the best are the people with whom I’ve eaten, whether that’s lunch, breakfast, dinner, or just … Continue reading

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new ideas in the new year

back to writing in the new year. realizing that writing is important for me. key vehicle of expression. and so many new ideas. Had lunch with a friend on Saturday and she voiced something using exactly the same words that … Continue reading

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Oktoberfest, Helen Style

Yes, who knew the little gem in Georgia? I stumbled upon this quite by accident, when I saw something about cabins and hiking at the Unicoi State Park in Northern, Ga. We like to go on weekend hiking trips with … Continue reading

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The Foremost Good Fortune by Susan Conley

I finished reading this book a few days ago.┬áIt is one of the best books I’ve read in quite a while. It is a memoir, but one which provides much food for thought, observations re life, and an illumination into … Continue reading

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