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Archive for April 2008

Cheesecake Pops – My First Daring Bakers Challenge!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Mr. and Mrs. Cheezypop! Today is a very special day in my blogging history! I just accomplished my first Daring Bakers Challenge! This month’s challenge is being hosted by two wonderful Daring Bakers: Deborah of Taste and Tell and Elle of Feeding My Enthusiasms. For the April challenge, they picked the recipe for Cheesecake Pops. […]

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Top 10 Pictures

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I’ve been tagged again. How fun! My wonderful foodie friend Vi from Flowers In The Kitchen tagged me. Thank you, VI! This is a new tag started by Anna at Anna’s Kitchen Table. Here’s a quote from Anna: “Right guys, listen up….I’m starting a tag. It’s called ‘Top 10 food pics’. Here are mine, all my favourites. I’m tagging 6 […]

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And The Winner Is…

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The contest is over. Looks like my daughter generated more interest than ice cream:)) Thank you for your nice words about her! Hmm, maybe it’s my fault – I shouldn’t have posted her picture:) She receives enough compliments from people wherever we go as it is:) When I told her that people who read my blog say you are cute […]

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My First AWARDS – Thank You!

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I am humbled and excited and happy! I received several awards within a week. I feel honored to have been selected among so many wonderful blogs out there considering I’ve only been blogging for a little less than 4 months. These lovely bloggers awarded me with the E award for Excellence. THANK YOU! Marija at Palachinka – She was the […]

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How to Stop Screaming? Win ICE CREAM!

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This is my daughter Meltem happily unpacking the ice cream:) Head cropped off, bad bad mom. Yesterday a UPS truck drove up to our house and a friendly driver handed us quite a heavy box which contained… you guessed it, ICE CREAM! Ice cream that I won for the best Ask Erin Question. A gift from the most friendly Erin […]

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Carrot Salad – Healthy, Simple, Delicious

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Last time my mother-in-law visited us, she gave me all of her recipe notebooks full of the recipes she has collected over years. It is a special collection and I am going to hand it down to my daughter when she grows up, provided she develops a passion for cooking just like her grandma and … all the modesty aside… […]

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I Won Ice Cream + My 6 Word Memoir

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Yesterday was no ordinary day. I won a contest. And the gift I am receiving is no ordinary either. I won ice cream! My foodie collegue, the most inspiring, creative and fun Erin at Erin Cooks held this contest for the best Ask Erin question. She posted the names of the three winners she picked, and I was thrilled to […]

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Two Times Tart – A Trans-Cultural Culinary Exploration

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Last month I received an email from Julie Upmeyer in Istanbul who was asking whether I would like to contribute a tart filling recipe for her project called Two Times Tart. The project was a trans-cultural culinary exploration of tastes and geographies, created from the contributions of 9 individuals from Turkey, and its eight neighboring countries -Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Syria, Georgia, […]

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Potato or Meat Pies a.k.a Pirojki

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This is a hands down winner in our family. Pirojki. They are believed to have originated from Russia, but have well blended into the cuisine of Azerbaijan and are popular both among the grownups and children alike. These dough pockets, stuffed with savory fillings such as cabbage, mashed green peas, potato or meat, can be either deep fried or baked […]

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