The History of Turkish Coffee

A middle-east trader brought the first coffee beans to ottoman empire, Istanbul in 1550's. At first, coffee beans were eaten wraw. Then a drink was made from the fermented coffee berries. This drink became very popular with dervishes. In the years that followed, coffee became a major part of Turkish social life, lots of coffee houses in Turkey was opened. Historians tell us that coffee was introduced to Europe in the 17th century. Venetians were active in trading coffee beans to Europe. The Dutch had introduced coffee in the second half of the 17th century to America. Novadays, coffee places are very popular all over the world. Except Turkey, because tea is very popular in most places now.

Wild Rice Salad

This recipe is a good source of fiber, which may help protect you against some diseases.

4 cups cooked wild rice
1 cup diced celery
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 1/2 cups fruit (dried, fresh, frozen or canned)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

1. Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Refrigerate salad for at least an hour before serving so flavors blend.
3. Bake in a medium-sized, covered casserole dish at 350 degrees F. until
steaming hot, about 45 minutes. Or, heat on low in a covered skillet until
steaming hot.

4. Refrigerate leftovers within 2-3 hours.
Tip: Choose canned mandarin oranges or pineapple, chopped apples or
pears, grapes, raisins, or dried cranberries. Try adding 1/2 cup nuts like
walnuts or pecans, 1 cup frozen peas, 1 cup diced/cooked chicken, or a
can of water chestnuts, drained.

Corn Pancakes


1 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 can (15-ounce) corn kernels, drained
vegetable oil or butter for skillet

1. Preheat pan on medium-high heat, 375 degrees on an electric skillet.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. Beat the egg and add to the flour mixture.
4. Add corn and mix well.
5. Lightly oil skillet.
6. Cook pancakes on a skillet until golden. Turn and cook on other side.
7. Refrigerate leftovers within 2-3 hours.

Bright Ideas:
• Serve with fresh or canned fruit for a balanced breakfast

Banana Yogurt Recipe

This recipe is a good source of fiber, which may help protect you against some diseases.

2 bananas cut into ½ inch slices
1/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons oat and honey granola cereal

1. Place the sliced banana pieces on plate.
2. Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt onto the plate.
3. Place tablespoon of granola cereal onto the plate.
4. Use fork to pick up a slice of banana and dip into the yogurt,
then into the cereal.
Tip: Try different flavors of yogurt.

Berry muesli

This recipe is a good source of fiber, which may help protect you against some diseases.

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (raw)
1 cup fruit yogurt
1/2 cup 1% milk
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup dried fruit (try raisins, apricots, dates)
1/2 cup chopped apple
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts

1. In medium bowl, mix oats, yogurt, milk and salt.
2. Cover and refrigerate for 6-12 hours.
3. Add dried and fresh fruit, and mix gently.
4. Serve scoops of muesli in small dishes. Sprinkle each serving with
chopped nuts.
5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2-3 hours.
• Muesli makes a delicious breakfast. Try drizzling with milk.
• Substitute any frozen, canned/drained, or fresh chopped fruit for
apples and blueberries.
• Flavor boosters: cinnamon, grated orange peel.

Won Tons recipe

This recipe is a good source of vitamin A, which keeps eyes and skin healthy. This recipe is also a good source of vitamin C, which keeps gums and blood vessels healthy.

1 cup cooked ground chicken
1 1/2 cups (1/4 head) shredded cabbage
1/2 cup (1 medium) shredded carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Pinch of cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
24 won ton wrappers

1. Combine cooked meat and chopped vegetables in a large bowl.
2.Combine spices, cornstarch, and oil in a small bowl.
3.Add spice mixture to meat and vegetables and mix well.
4.Place 1 tablespoon of mixture in the center of each won ton wrapper.
5.Brush edges with egg white or water.
6.Fold wrapper diagonally so corners line up and press edges together tseal.
7.Bring the bottom two corners together and pinch to close.
8.Steam 6-7 minutes.
9.Refrigerate leftovers within 2-3 hours.

Carrot Raisin Peach Salad

One serving of this dish provides at least one serving of fruits or vegetables. Get at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day as part of a diet high in fiber and low in fat.


3 cups carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup light mayonnaise or lowfat plain yogurt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup frozen peaches

1.Combine carrots and raisins in a large bowl.
2.In small bowl combine the mayonnaise or yogurt, lemon juice, salt, and sugar together. Stir into carrot mixture.
3.Refrigerate until ready to serve.
4.Just before serving stir in the frozen peaches.
5.Refrigerate leftovers within 2-3 hours.