Welcome to my kitchen! I am April and I am so glad you are here. I started this blog to share my love of cooking with others. Living in Istanbul, Turkey in the early 90's was a wonderful time in my life. My beautiful daughter was born there in 1993. I really loved living in Turkey and have many fond memories from that time in my life. Most people think of kebabs when they think of Turkish food, but it is a vast cuisine that includes so much more. Dishes cooked in olive oil, meze's (appetizers), borek's, manti (dumpling like dish), salads, soups, stews, casseroles and desserts are all part of the Turkish Cuisine. I enjoy cooking not only Turkish food but also Italian, Middle Eastern and American food for my friends and family. It's my way of showing how much I care about them. When I cook for others, I want them to really enjoy the food and feel the love that was put into each dish I prepare. I use the freshest ingredients available and limit the use of processed foods. My philosophy is that food should be enjoyed so I never skimp on ingredients. Come on and join me in my kitchen and let's cook up some love!