Category Archives: Bridging Cultures

Friendship in Different Cultures

Intercultural friendship is a great way to learn about another culture and share about one’s own and is, therefore, a natural way to build cultural bridges. But if and when the friendship deepens, and is sustained, undoubtedly there will be … Continue reading

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Beyond Kumbaya

Bridging cultures on the surface may sound very sweet and reminiscent of sitting around a campfire in a cheap wine-induced fog singing kumbaya and swaying to the music, arms linked together. I don’t think it’s possible to truly begin to … Continue reading

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The Carnitas Caper

Well. Thinking that it would be fun to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican food, I found a recipe for carnitas that sounded good. Also factoring in something I’d read recently about energy conservation, I decided to cook the pork … Continue reading

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Dovme Corbasi or Cracked Wheat Soup

When I lived in Turkey, my mother in law, who was from Gaziantep, made a hearty soup, dovme corbasi or dogme corbasi-it’s spelled both ways. Dovme or dogme refers to the cracked wheat which is the basis of the soup. … Continue reading

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kung pao chicken

first time ever that I’ve made kung pao chicken, or at least some version thereof. I used a Mark Bittman recipe, from The Best Recipes in the World, substituting a fresh red cayenne for the tiny dried red peppers (since … Continue reading

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Revani

Revani is a Turkish dessert made out of cream of wheat, eggs, a little flour, sugar syrup, butter, lemon rind and lemon juice. I had so much trouble making this dessert–for years I would follow a recipe and at the … Continue reading

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The tree in the grocery store parking lot

A bird flew away as I approached my car in the grocery store parking lot. A lone tree, a little island in the sea of pavement and grocery carts, a bit of green, soil, and life. As the bird flew … Continue reading

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Lenten Bean Dish

This is a very tasty and versatile dish…I adapted a classical recipe for this to what I had on hand…and I’m pleased with the result…this is a Turkish dish made frequently throughout the year…usually with either cranberry or pinto beans. … Continue reading

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Tortilla Soup

I was hesitant to make this for my Mexican American son in law, but I did, and he loved it. I got the recipe from Alice Waters’ classic book, The Art of Simple Food — I think that’s the title. … Continue reading

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Tepary Beans

These are very interesting little beans. I believe they are native to the New World…they look  like lentils, but a different flavor and texture. Have soaked and cooked them and plan to make them into a vegetable stew, inspired by … Continue reading

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