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Pickled Purslane

AZ Cookbook | Pickled Purslane

What else can one do with purslane besides drenching it in a zesty garlicky yogurt sauce for a nice salad? One can pickle it. And then enjoy it and perhaps declare it one of the best things one has ever tasted! I am personally a big fan.  Since the times I was a little girl growing up in Baku and […]

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Purslane Salad with Yogurt Dressing

Purslane Salad with Yogurt Dressing

Meet purslane. It is a weed, but a good one. Purslane has succulent fleshy leaves and stems with a slightly acidic flavor close to that of spinach and watercress. This leafy vegetable is offers some neat health benefits; it features in itself Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and some vitamin B, as well as important dietary minerals, […]

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Apricot-Orange Preserves

Apricot-Orange Preserves

We have a big apricot tree in our backyard. It fact, it is the only tree we have there. And we had high hopes for it when we had just moved into our house a few years ago. We imagined seeing the tree covered in apricots every summer and us happily piling them up into baskets to even more happily […]

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Saj-Fried Chicken with Vegetables

Saj-cooked chicken with vegetables

What fried? Saj-fried? You may ask. And I will explain. Saj is a nifty kitchen utensil, my friends. And it has a long history. Before the invention of frying pans and a gas stove, Azerbaijanis used a saj, a slightly dome shaped iron pan that resembles a shallow wok, both for cooking and bread making, depending on the side used. […]

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Turkish Spinach Pie or Cheese Pie (Borek)

Turkish Spinach Pie (Ispanakli Borek)

One of my favorite categories of dishes in the amazing Turkish cuisine is the borek category. Borek (börek) is a savory pie. There are tons of  borek recipes across Turkey – the regional varieties come in all sizes and shapes – small and big rolls, spirals, bundles, envelopes – differing in the fillings used. Albeit their differences, one thing that […]

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Happy Novruz! Happy Spring!

Meltem with semeni

Meltem holding a plate with sprouted wheat, Semeni, symbol of Novruz. Dear friends of AZ Cookbook! Happy Novruz to you, happy Spring to you! May this holiday bring you happy moments, joy, prosperity, abundance, success, and luck!  May there be no hunger in the world and may there be peace (this is on a global level). Thank you for your continuous […]

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Azerbaijani Pasta With Meat and Yogurt Topping

Khengel - Azerbaijani Pasta with Meat and Garlicky Yogurt Topping

Pasta is not only made in Italy:) On chilly winter days a few things can be as comforting to Azerbaijanis as gathering around a table to enjoy warm and satisfying pasta dishes, khemir khorekleri (dough dishes), that come in a variety of forms and shapes. Take khengel, for example. Khengel is a versatile category of pasta dishes that branches out into […]

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From San Diego with Love

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No recipe this time, friends. I’ll be honest – I’ve given myself a short break from cooking up a storm on a daily basis. That break is much needed these days. But it is temporary and food will come back to this blog. This time I want to take you on a trip to one of California’s most beautiful cities, […]

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Cinnamon-Walnut Apple Roll-Ups

Apple Filled Rollups

Hello 2012! Hello AZ Cookbook readers! I hope you had a great time during the holidays and ready for another hopefully wonderful for everyone year ahead. I can’t wait to share new recipes with you. I will begin this year’s blogging on a sweet note – with these melt-in-yout-mouth tender roll-ups stuffed with apples. Delicioso! I baked them for the […]

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Happy New Year!

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Photo courtesy:  My friend Rovshana Samadova. Taken in Washington D.C. Rovshana didn’t know it would end up on my blog, but as an avid hunter for anything pomegranate I spotted it in her photo archives and bugged her –  she was kind to let me use it. Love the pomegranates! Thank you, Rovshana! ****** Another year is almost gone, so […]

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Card Giveaway Winners Announced!

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Thank you to all of you who left comments on the Lovely Stains giveaway post. I loved every single one of your resolutions! Very inspiring! But I had to pick 2 winners. Because I knew I wouldn’t bear the stress of it and I delegated this very serious task to my 4-year old. I asked him to pulled out 2 […]

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The Lovely Stains – Card Giveaway

The Lovely Stains Wine-Painted Cards

I have great news to share! My uber talented friend Ann just opened her own store on Etsy! It is called The Lovely Stains! What Ann is doing is beautiful and unique. She creates cards, painting on them with red wine! Red wine! Never seen cards painted with red wine. Have you? She also uses water colors on some cards. Ann’s […]

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Roast Duck with Pomegranate-Honey-Orange Glaze

Roasted Duck

I’d had my eyes on Martha Stewart’s roasted duck recipe for the longest time and finally had a chance to make it this Sunday. It turned out great and looking exactly as it looked in Martha Stewart’s book where I got the recipe. And it was super delicious! The duck roasted slowly in the oven with its fat slowly rendering […]

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