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Healthy Cottage-Cheese Pancakes

Anyone here with New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and be fitter? I am raising my hand. You are welcome to join the club. You see, those happy holidays beginning from Thanksgiving and ending with New Year’s eve – all involving lots of delicious food  - took a toll on my weight. Not much, but still visible to my critical […]

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all new azcookbook

Happy New Year, guys! Hope you  had a wonderful celebration and are ready to start another beautiful year. I have great news to share with you. AZ Cookbook has a brand new design now! The new blog is clean, easy to navigate, and mobile friendly. A big thank you goes to my husband Murat and the team at Meltem Technology for working day […]

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Happy Holidays

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Year! May you have a great one! A new year full of joy, happy moments, health, prosperity, luck, love, and many beautiful, positive things to be grateful for! With lots of love, Feride  

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Holiday Tablescapes – Part II

Holiday Season Tablescape

Hello there. I hope you enjoyed  Part I of our Tablescapes series. I also hope you’ll pick some ideas from there and use them to make your holiday table beautiful. Here’s Part 2. This time we chose to go with only a few colors, making focus on the green. Those cute decorative bushes make the table look lively. They go […]

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Walnut-Stuffed Turkey

The roast turkey in the picture above is what I made for this year’s Thanksgiving table. Stuffed with a delicious walnuts filling. I am sharing this recipe now, post-Thanksgiving because I strongly believe that things delicious could and should be made for any festive occasion. This turkey, for example, is a perfect fit for a Christmas or New Year’s eve celebration table, if […]

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Holiday Tablescapes – Part I

Holiday Season Tablescape

Hello, friends! I have some great news to share with you. Please meet the exciting new project on my blog – the AZ Tablescapes series. I’d been thinking about this project for the longest time, and finally the time has come to bring the idea to life.  My friend Viktoria, who is quite crafty and creative, and has awesome decorating […]

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Creamy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

My typical simple formula for mashed potatoes is usually: boiled potatoes, butter, and milk – mashed together and that’s it. Recently I’ve been adding another ingredient to it – cheese. It instantly becomes another kind of mashed potatoes – creamy and more flavorful. The cheese is added at the very end and the puree is cooked on the stove until […]

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Quick Thyme Lamb Chops

Thyme Lamb Chops

If you have a lamb rack sitting in your fridge, and a hungry family sitting at a table demanding to be fed, don’t fret – you can fix a super easy quick meal with lamb chops. Meat lovers love lamb chops. When the lamb is perfumed with thyme, it becomes extra delicious. Notice that no marinating is required in this […]

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Sauteed Chantenrelles

We’ve sauteed white mushrooms before, now we’ll work with chanterelles. Chanterelles are golden-color fleshy wild mushrooms that have a relatively mild and slightly fruity flavor. I’ve noticed they hold their shape nicely while being sauteed, and do not collapse easily as other mushrooms varieties do sometimes. Sauteing the chanterelles with garlic brings about the mushrooms’ wild taste. Toss fresh parsley […]

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Easy Apple Coffee Cake

Easy Apple Coffee Cake

Remember the guest-at-the-door series from HERE? Yes, Russian sharlotka, that beautiful cake that can be fixed at the spur of a moment and make any guest happy. Here’s another such cake, again made with apples. Easy apple coffee cake. How easy? The cake batter takes a few minutes to put together, the apples are cored and sliced, arranged on top […]

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Pickled Garlic

Pickled Garlic

When I was younger (read: single and young), and lived back in Baku with my family, I used to have designated garlic days, mostly on weekends. I loved garlic. When I knew I would not go some place, or that no one would visit us, I would eat garlic, and lots of it. Fresh with some dishes, and pickled with […]

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Light Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I was planning on a completely different recipe for today’s post but changed my mind. The culprit is the photo of the freshly baked cookies I boasted about on my instagram account. I was immediately asked for the recipe. And I couldn’t say no. So here it is. The recipe for the chocolate chip cookies I made today for my […]

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Photo Tour – Part II

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My little relative in Ordubad, holding a sunflower full of seeds. Fresh from the garden. We enjoyed the seeds afterwards around a big hospitable table. *** I am back to blogging! I returned from Azerbaijan a month and a half ago but have been buried in the work on my cookbook (we are almost there!), hence “abandoned” my blog for […]

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Photo Tour – Part I

"Bucket" Bazar in Gebele, Azerbaijan

Hello there! As I promised – the virtual photo tour to Azerbaijan is here! Here you will see places, faces, get a glimpse of the local culture, the nature, food and many more. I took some of the pictures with my camera, while others (not of  the best quality) with my phone. Some pictures took a few minutes to take, […]

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Hello from Azerbaijan!

Samovar Tea in Ismayilli Region, Azerbaijan

Tea from a samovar enjoyed in the region of Ismayilli, Azerbaijan. After 3 years, I am finally back in Azerbaijan. I’ve been here for about a month already, staying in Baku with my family. The first couple of weeks were spent on a jetlag recovery, then I resumed my work on the book design and all things book related. Most […]

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Book cover - behind the scenes

Friends, I am very excited to let you know that the work on my first cookbook is progressing! We recently had a photo shoot for the cover. My friend Viktoria, who has the sharpest eyes and is great with food styling, helped me style the dish we chose for the cover. Alan De Herrera, an amazing food photographer, took the photos. […]

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Garlicky Eggplant with Tomatoes

It’s been “years” since my last post, hasn’t it? Or at least it feels so to me. I am not “to  blame”. A couple of weeks ago I took a brief vacation from my full time job to rest and to temporarily reunite with my blog. Instead, I had to take care of a medical emergency that popped out of  […]

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Meltem Buyuran with "Semeni" - Symbol of Spring

Spring is here and it means Novruz to Azerbaijan and several other countries around the world. It is time to celebrate the arrival of spring, the nature’s awakening, new life and new beginnings. Semeni, sprouted wheat, is the symbolf of this holiday and every table in Azerbaijan has one ready for the celebration. Happy Spring, friends! May it brings lots […]

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Moroccan Chickpea Salad

I think Moroccan food is fascinating. This may sound a bit strange as it comes from someone who, to her biggest shame,  has never tried Moroccan food made by Moroccan natives (I am yet to discover a Moroccan restaurant in LA). But she has spent countless hours reading Moroccan cookbooks and visualizing the food and therefore, claims that her statement, although bold, […]

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Radish Salad

I make the yellow-white salad you see on our expecting-guests table quite often – both for guests and for the family. It is white radish and carrot salad. Super easy to make, delicious and good for you all the way.  I spotted the recipe long ago in two of my favorite Turkish cookbooks -”Sultan’s Kitchen” by Ozcan Ozan and “The […]

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Whole Wheat No Knead Bread

White no-knead bread – golden baked! A couple of years ago when mom was visiting from Baku, I wanted to proudly demonstate my new baking skills to her. She watched curiously expecting difficult techniques and methods but soon realized no specials skills were involved in the making  - I mixed a few ingredients together, never kneaded anything but stirred with […]

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Happy New Year!

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Dear friends of AZ Cookbook! Wanted to wish you all and your loved ones a Happy New Year! May the new year bring only joy, happiness, health, prosperity, success, luck, abundance, friendships, joy and many more to your lives! I hope the world will be a better place in 2013 – with peace on earth, more tolerance and understanding among […]

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“When are you going to change that cookie picture on your blog?” – recently a good friend of mine reproached me nicely.  She is right. I have been away for too long. But my mind has always been here, really. Please bear with me as I disappear and emerge from the abyss of silence from time to time. I am not quitting […]

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Savory Cheese Cookies

I made these cookies a few days ago using the recipe from my friend Nur’s newly launched  blog in Turkish. I posted the picture bragging about my accomplishment on AZ Cookbook’s facebook page. Requests for English and Azerbaijani translation ensued soon after, which was expected, I think not because the picture was grand (you see the same picture here), but […]

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A Trip to Larchmont Farmers Market

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This Sunday we made a trip to downtown Los Angeles to meet good friends, and one of them, my university friend Xue Mei, a health conscious and farmers market lover kind of gal, took us to the nearby Larchmont Farmers Market where she goes every Sunday. It was awesome! The market is located in the charming Larchmont Village of Los […]

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