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Introducing the All-New AZ Cookbook!

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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 Roast Turkey a.k.a Turkey Levengi

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

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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Sautéed Chanterelles with Garlic

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

Sunflowers

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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