Cooking Class at the Raindrop Foundation is Back!!

Cooking Class at the Raindrop Foundation is Back!!

You may remember my mourning the lack of cooking classes at the Turkish House during the worst of COVID-19 and prior to the days of vaccinations. I was thrilled to be able to sign up for class this past Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. To my pleasant surprise, the room was filled with a variety of masked and vaccinated women, all eager to experience the art of Turkish cuisine. Rabia Sahin Orhan led the foursome of Turkish experts in creating an unforgettable meal. Eggplant is the only vegetable my husband is not particularly fond of, but I took him a carry-home box, and he loved it. The eggplant is sliced and fried before it is placed in the bottom of the bundt cake pan, and the meat and vegetables are added in layers. This dish can also be vegetarian by simply...

On learning a new language, and gaining a family

On learning a new language, and gaining a family

As I broke the Ramadan fast with my Turkish teacher, I took a moment to reflect For the second year in a row, my dear friend and Turkish teacher has invited my husband and me, along with our Turkish class, to break the Ramadan fast with her and her lovely family. This year has been quite a year for Muhsine Aykac, our beautiful teacher. She received her master’s degree in education a couple of weeks after becoming a United States citizen. Her husband, Salih, is working on his dissertation to receive his Ph.D. These are hard working people who are raising three beautiful children as good Muslims and good citizens in Albuquerque. We are so fortunate to know them. They have become family. And because of Muhsine’s sincere heart, we have all grown under her tutelage in...

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