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As you may already know, I can’t have enough of anything eggplanty. I absolutely love the veggie. It is, perhaps, the most versatile vegetable on earth (eggplant haters, did you hear that?). Really, eggplant can take so many forms in cooking – it can be fried, grilled, stuffed, sweetened (yes, they make sweet  eggplant preserve in Morocco and in Azerbaijan […]

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Apple Charlotte (Sharlotka)

Apple Charlotte

I did some change to my blog header. Have you noticed it? I decided to change my blog title from Farida’s Azerbaijani Cookbook to AZ Cookbook, to perfectly match my domain name. No…Actually, that’s really not the reason why I did that. Those who know me well, know I am my worst critic, sometimes to a maniacal extend (I know […]

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Cardamom-Lemon Sweet Rolls

I am obsessed with recipes.  Cookbooks, magazine cutouts with recipes, a new recipe hastily scribbled down on a piece of napkin,  recipes I memorize for  dishes I see demonstrated on a grocery store monitor while waiting for my items to be scanned – you name it  -  they all tickle me immensely and lure me into the kitchen, oftentimes when […]

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Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Turkish red lentil soup is undoubtedly one of the most frequently made soups in our house. More so in fall, when our palates demand foods more comforting and warming. Or, perhaps, because this soup is highly evocative of fall itself, with it colors matching the color palette of the leaves slowly falling off the trees and weaving a beautiful carpet […]

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Baked Honey Chicken Wings

I am a glutton.  I mean, what should I call myself after eating more than half of what was meant to be my children’s meal I fixed using a recipe from a kid friendly cookbook? But how could I resist? Those chicken wings were so grownup-friendly, too, I just couldn’t help but slyly devour them while they were still hot, […]

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I am a huge fan of Turkish food. Have been even since I tried my first doner kabab in Baku, sometime back in the early 90s (boy, was I excited!), when the Soviet Union had just collapsed, and countless donerci shops began to spring up rapidly soon after. Also, ever since I have been blessed with a mother-in-law (she is […]

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Another summer is slowly coming to a close. I can’t believe how fast it’s been fading away this year. To say goodbye to summer and to welcome fall, I made this fusion salad in which I used  a colorful array of fresh summer vegetables along with marinated mushrooms and pickled cucumbers, both clearly suited better for fall or winter, at […]

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fragile-pie

This recipe comes from my friend Sevinj (chokh sagh ol, Sevinc!). She learned how to make it from a cooking show back in Azerbaijan hosted by Shirin khanim (Khanim is equivalent to Ms or Mrs in English). Since the cake didn’t have a name and Sevinj wrote that the cake is super fragile, I branded it “Fragile” and this is […]

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In a creative frenzy recently, I’ve been cooking a lot with tomatoes. Why tomatoes? Because we have tons of them. Plus they are free and I can experiment with them without having the fear of going bankrupt at failed recipes. The thing is we have tomato crop this year.  We planted 4 tiny tomato bushes in our backyard around May, […]

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One of the Russian foods that were imported to Azerbaijan when the country was a part of the Soviet Union, is the Russian pancake called blini, also known as blinchiki (plural for blinchik) in the Russian  speaking world, and as crêpes elsewhere. Blinchiki are great plain, or with a dollop of honey or jam on top. They are also delicious […]

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Tell me the truth now. When you read GEORGIAN, did you really think the state of Georgia?:) If so, I got you:) Because this post is about the country of Georgia, Azerbaijan’s immediate neighbor.  Azerbaijani town of  Balaken borders a town of Lagodekhi in Georgia. When I was a kid, my relatives who live in Balaken and I took a […]

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Tri-Color Bell pepper salad is one of my favorite summer salads. It is very simple and refreshing. In this salad, red, yellow and orange bell peppers are first roasted, then mixed with fresh herbs, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. I like to use peppers of different colors as this really makes for an attractive salad, but either color alone […]

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So, what do you do when you have 5-6 egg whites sitting in your fridge and waiting to be used up before they go bad? Right! You make Helen’s Macaron sandwich cookies! Helen is a baking whiz. And not only baking; she is also a photography whiz with so much to learn from. I literally want to bake everything I […]

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How to Skin Raw Almonds

Some recipes call for use of skinned almonds. This is very easy to do at home. Here’s how: 1. Put the almonds in a pot and pour boiling water over them to barely cover their tops. 2. Let the almonds sit in the water for about 2 minutes. Do not keep them there for too long, or they will lose […]

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Vanilla Ice Cream

It’s been a while and Farida has been out of blogosphere for a long time. But she is back hoping not to disappear again. So sorry for not having posting any new recipes and for missing all the delicious posts of yours. The thing is I’ve been so caught up with writing my cookbook and haven’t had a chance to […]

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cheesecake

Here it comes again – another sweet and delicious DB treat. The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. Abbey is Jenny’s friend. She tweaked and played with a basic cheesecake recipe and perfected it. Well, what can I say? Abbey, you did an excellent job. This was […]

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Borsch is one of the  most popular soups across the vast region of Eastern Europe. It traveled to Azerbaijan from Russia during the Soviet reign and has been ever since wholeheartedly embraced by Azerbaijanis. I haven’t had a chance to sample different versions of borsch but I know that Russian and Ukrainian variations are the closest to what we make […]

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Lasagne Verdi al Forno – thin but tasty The March 2009 challenge is hosted by Mary of Beans and Caviar, Melinda of Melbourne Larder and Enza of Io Da Grande. They have chosen Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna from The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper as the challenge. This is what the hosts have to say about lasagna: “Lasagne is a […]

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shekerbura

If Samani is a green symbol of Novruz, two desserts, Pakhlava (baklava) and Shekerbura, are the spring holiday’s sweet symbols. No Novruz table is complete without these delicious nut filled delights. I have posted the recipe for Easy Baklava before and time has come to pair it up with Shekerbura to complete a Novruz table. Shekerbura is a sweet pastry […]

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Growing Samani

This is my daughter Meltem, holding samani, symbol of spring The month of March holds a very special place for Azerbaijanis. It is the month when Novruz, a spring holiday, is celebrated. I wrote about Novruz  last year and there was a paragraph about this holiday in my interview to the Arab Times. Today  I would like to talk about […]

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The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE‘s blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef. We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge. I have to confess that I was half-daring this time: I only made […]

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This delicious Greek pie comes from my blogger friend Peter at Kalofagas, and I can’t thank him enough for this recipe. I’ve made this most delicious zucchini pie called Kourkouto in Greek many times since Peter posted it on his blog and I decided to share the recipe with my readers. According to Peter,  this pie “is somewhere between a […]

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tuiles cones stuffed with cream and strawberries

I haven’t blogged for quite some time and it feels great to be back in the blogosphere! There is a lot of catching up to do including reading the many delicious posts of my fellow bloggers I have missed so far. My first post in the new year is going to be the Daring Bakers January challenge. This month’s challenge […]

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Chicken With Eggs

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a chicken recipe, hasn’t it?  Considering that chicken is a widely used type of poultry in Azerbaijan and that there are countless recipes with it, I have no excuse not to post them on my blog from time to time. So, yesterday I decided to roll up my sleeves, get into kitchen and […]

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mushroom soup with herbs

I love fresh herbs. Given a chance, I’d add them to anything I cook. I especially love stirring them in fresh or sprinkling them over cooked dishes for that nice fresh flavor and color.  Just like I did in this creamy mushroom soup with herbs, which is packed with flavor from fresh cilantro. The inspiration for this soup comes from […]

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