FIRST DINNER GUESTS OF 2012

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A New Year and new hopes, dreams, ideas, invites and cooking adventures.  To start of the New Year right, I invited my aunt Havva’s family along with my parents to host a traditional Turkish sit down dinner.  Since my aunts father in law is visiting and he visits so rarely I took upon this opportunity to host a graceful dinner.  In rare occasions like this,  I love our Turkish hospitality.  When great friends and/or immediate families are visiting we take the opportunity to invite them to our homes and show our respects.  If anyone of you have visited Turkey, I am sure you have experienced this first hand.  It is such a warm, humble and welcoming feeling.  For me this dinner was a special one because Grandfather Haci Muzaffer, resembles my own late grandfather in more then one way.  As he sat, chatted and played with daughter I thought about my own grandfather and how delighted I would have been to have him here with us.

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Since it the New Year and we are all weight and health continuous, I opted to keep the menu light and yet still delicious. The above picture is Meat Dolma made by mom.

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Middle Eastern aka Gray Squash – Stuffed with chopped meat, onions, pine nuts

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Oven Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes with Rosemary 

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Brussels sprouts with onions & carrots

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Oven roasted, Yellow & Green Zucchinis and Oven roasted Eggplant

Not Pictured but served along with:

Turkish Peasant Soup
Turkish Style Lamb Chops
Jasmine Rice cooked Turkish Style
Which recipes would you like first? Please leave a comment below.

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2 Responses to “FIRST DINNER GUESTS OF 2012”

  1. aysenur on 11 Jan 2012 at 4:16 PM #

    Masaniz ve yemekler harika gorunuyor. Yemek takiminiza da bayildim. Oven roasted zucchinis and eggplants look delicious and healthy. I guess it should be easy to make too. I would like to know that recipe first..

  2. Lubna Karim on 12 Jan 2012 at 8:27 AM #

    Wow….that’s an lavish spread..next time don’t forget to invite me…:-)

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