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Living in Turkey--what grocery items, spices, particular dishes, etc., should I make sure to try?

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Living in Turkey--what grocery items, spices, particular dishes, etc., should I make sure to try?

DCcook | Oct 21, 2010 01:08 AM

I'll be living in Turkey (Ankara) for another year and a half. I don't want to go back home and wish that I had tried this or that.

I've been here a short time and am a bit overwhelmed by the different types of yogurt, cheeses, grains, olives--all amazing things but I often don't know how some of these things vary and how to use them when cooking. Suzme, kaymakli yogurt? Both are great but how are they used traditionally?

I plan on taking a cooking course at some point and that will help but I would love to hear about things that you think I should try before heading back to the States.

Of course, kebabs, the lamb, the turkish delights are things that I will more or less end up trying without even going out of my way but what spices, for example, are really outstanding in Turkey? Many, I'm sure.

If there are any Turkish natives on the board, what do you miss from back home? Or if you traveled to Turkey, what do you wish you could find in the States?

For example, if you were to ask me about some of the things I miss in the States, I'd say ship me a box of dried ancho and guajillo chiles because you can't really find that here in Turkey and I love cooking Mexican food...fortunately, I shipped several boxes of this to myself before coming, but I digress...

I apologize if this is a bit broad but all and any ideas are greatly appreciated!

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