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Spiced Walnuts

Ideally I should have posted a recipe for Thanksgiving, right? But these days, I’ve been so overwhelmed by our invitation to a Thanksgiving dinner at our friends’, that I can’t seem to be capable of putting together something grand and Thanksgiving worthy  to share with you. But I have this wonderful recipe for spiced walnuts that I made a couple […]

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Classic Dinner Rolls – Best Ever!

These days the family likes to hear “Dinner rolls are served!” more than “Dinner is served!” because they can’t get enough of homemade dinner rolls, especially when they are utterly, sinfully, ultimately good, like the ones made from the recipe below. When the rolls are almost ready, the hungry members of the family line up in front of the kitchen […]

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Quince Preserves

Quince, how do I love thee. That’s right. I have a soft spot in my heart for this exotic fruit  (for pomegranates too, remember?). I like to eat it as is, skin and all, and I also like it in the form of preserve. Quince in Azerbaijan is especially delicious and the land of my ancestors, the region of Ordubad, […]

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Chocolate Pear Cake

Pear season is in full swing in California. Chocolate season is always in full swing in the family. Combine the two – you get a very chocolaty peary cake that you wish could stay in season for the longest time. If you love moist cakes, then you will love this cake. Treat pears as your bonus. Enjoy. Chocolate Pear Cake […]

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Bulgur Croquettes with Walnut-Tomato Sauce

Remember the recipe for baked honey chicken wings that turned me into a selfish glutton? From the book laden with kid-friendly recipes? “Anne, Ben Aciktim” which from Turkish is “Mommy, I am hungry” is the name of the  book to blame. As the name suggests, it gives busy moms .. ahem.. (modesty aside) like myself, relief from raking their brains […]

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Sweet Milk Bread (Shirin Chorek)

Do you see yellow in the picture? I mean the beautiful yellow inside the slice of bread? Don’t rush to blame photoshop for this. The poor thing is not to blame (at least not completely) and does not deserve a possible “color enhancement” accusation. It’s all because of turmeric. The power spice is blame as I happened to add it […]

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Turkish Yogurt Soup (Yayla Chorbasi)

Just like in neighboring Azerbaijan, yogurt is an indespensable kitchen staple in Turkey, too. It is added to salads, made into sauces with garlic to scoop onto pasta dishes, used to moisten the layers of borek pies, to fix a refreshing yogurt drink, ayran, or turned into this wonderfully  light but still a filling soup called yayla corbasi.  Yayla chorbasi […]

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“Banana” Pastries

About two decades ago I started to collect recipes, jotting them down in my very first recipe notebook. The very first recipe, written neatly with my then legible handwriting was called Banani, which is plural for banana in Russian. The bananas in the recipe have nothing to do with the banana fruit, except for their shape  – they are shaped […]

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I am Here + Photo Essay

Maiden Tower, Baku

Hello, friends. I am back. It’s been long since we last chatted, hasn’t it? I hope you all had a wonderful summer! As to me, I had a great and busy one with my family and friends in Turkiye and Azerbaijan. So much so that I rarely surfed the Internet and did anything online, including blogging, which is quite shameful, […]

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Flying High

heathrow-parking-airplane

Photo from here. Soon after this post goes public, I will be be boarding a plane to fly to our first destination, Turkiye. I am looking forward to seeing my family and friends both there and in Azerbaijan. I am not sure how soon I will gain access to the Internet when there, so please forgive me if I am speechless for […]

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Green Beans with Eggs (Lobya Chighirtmasi)

I know, I know, you are probably thinking, “Here we go again – she disappeared for a long time and is back with another excuse.” But please forgive me.  We are getting ready for our big trip to Turkiye and Azerbaijan, so lately I have been obsessed with packing suitcases and making sure nothing is forgotten before we leave. So, […]

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Ukrainian Cabbage Salad

Come warm days, I crave vegetable salads more than anything else. The lighter the salad, the better. Although at times I don’t  mind going for substantial and filling ones. This is a classic Ukrainian salad, very light and healthy. You can serve it as a start-up salad or as a side dish to meats. Enjoy! Ahem..Let met try it in […]

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Black Velvet Chocolate Mousse

Here’s the recipe for a super easy chocolate mousse that you can whip up in no time. The waiting time to devour it is a little long, but it is totally worth it. Foamy, light, luscious and velvety –  you’ll love this mousse! Black Velvet Chocolate Mousse Barely adapted from Luscious Chocolate Desserts, by Lori Longbotham The fist time I […]

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