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Turkish “Split-Belly” Stuffed Eggplant

Turkish "Split Belly" Eggplant

My love for eggplant! It is a never-ending love affair. I even have a childhood “trauma” associated with it. I remember that day clearly, now after so many years. I was probably about 7 or 8, or maybe even a little older. This happened back in Baku.  My mom made stuffed eggplant dish for dinner. We were sitting around the […]

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Links to Reads: March 2014

Figs

Figs of Absheron Hello, guys! I am very happy to announce a brand new monthly feature on my blog. Please welcome Links to Reads. At the end of every month, I will be sharing with you links to interesting articles that I’d read that particular month. I spend quite some time reading online, so I thought, why not share some good […]

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Happy Spring! Happy Novruz!

Sprouted Wheat, Semeni, for Novruz

Spring is here, and so is Novruz. We made 5 plates of semeni (wheat berry sprouts, symbolizing spring) this year and they all grew tall and lush! The biggest one, which you see in the picture above, became the centerpiece of our holiday table, featuring sweet and savory holiday bakes, nuts and dried fruits. I love this holiday. It’s warm, […]

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Blueberry-Oatmeal Crunch Bars

Blueberry-Oatmeal Crunch Squares

Year 2002. We are in Los Angeles, just moved here, newly married. One day our family friend Jim Porter walks into our apartment holding a plate with something looking absolutely delicious. Jim made oatmeal bars for us! The bars were so good. Soft, full of oats, with luscious preserves spread in-between. I loved the bars so much that I asked […]

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Spring is Here with a Giveaway – Organic Tea! WINNERS Announced!

Romanza - Organic Tea

Spring is in the air! And a spring themed giveaway is on AZ Cookbok! I am announcing a super awesome giveaway to celebrate this beautiful time of the year with you and also to thank you for supporting my blog throughout many seasons, spring or winter:) As of recently I’ve become a fan of teas of all sorts. My love […]

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French Citrus Cake

French Citrus Cake

I spotted this recipe in a cookbook during our recent trip to the local library. Shamelessly disregarding a myriad of wonderful French recipes offered with the author’s own twist, my eyes fell on a citrus cake recipe. It was for quatre-quarts, which is French pound cake. I imagined the cake’s aroma. Lemon and orange together. Oh my! The book got […]

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Baked Lemon-Garlic Steelhead Trout

Baked Lemon-Garlic Steelhead Trout

After a dozen experiments with toppings for a fish fillet to bake in the oven, I am finally ready to announce the winner. It is butter-lemon-garlic topping. Very simple. Made with butter, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper. That’s it. But there is a secret. I use clarified butter instead of the good old regular (unsalted) butter. Why? Because […]

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Kufte-Bozbash or Azerbaijani Meatball Soup

Azerbaijani Meatball Soup (Kufte-Bozbash)

Today’s recipe is for kufte-bozbash, more commonly called just kufte. This is one of the staples of Azerbaijani cuisine. Jumbo apple-size meatballs cooked in a simple broth with chickpeas and potatoes. Kufte is the Azerbaijani word for meatball. The word kufte is derived from the Persian “koftan,” which means “to pound.” The name reflects the general method of preparation of […]

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Elle’s Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Teriyaki Chicken Wings

This weekend food bloggers around the world are getting together to celebrate the life of a fellow blogger, Elle, from Elle’s New England Kitchen. Elle left this world suddenly and unexpectedly on January 28.  Leaving behind 4 young children. Elle was only 45. Elle and I met online, when we both started blogging back in 2008. We exchanged many emails, […]

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Chocolate Bundt Cake

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Meet chocolate Bundt cake. The lighter version of it, to be exact. Just the right amount of sweetness, lighter than  its regular not-so-light cousin, still moist enough (don’t expect it to be super moist though) and delicious. I’ve made this cake several times already – always a hit with the family. The recipe is open to your imagination too. Love […]

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Artichoke Salad with Carrots and Green Peas

Artichoke Salad with Carrots and Green Peas

Sometimes the fewer the ingredients a salad contains and the brighter and contrasting  the colors, the more appealing it looks, and the more delicious it is, too. Like this salad. It only has three ingredients. Artichoke, carrot, and green peas. Dressed with nothing more than olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. But both appealing to the eye and […]

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Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers with Garlic and Thyme

Roasted Sweet Peppers with Garlic and Thyme

This may sound like a teaser to those of you living in the snowing states, but Los Angeles, my friends, is living an early summer in the winter month of January. It almost sounds unfair. I hope I could send you some sunshine from here. The heat wave shifted my food cravings. Summer means wanting to eat summery foods, like colorful […]

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Healthy Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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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