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Cheese-Stuffed Hot & Sweet Cherry Peppers

Stuffed Hot & Sweet Cherry Peppers

I made these stuffed peppers yesterday for our guests, but forgot to put them on the table during the meal. Then I remembered and I brought them out along with the desserts. Then, as we were finishing with the desserts, I remembered that I had baklava, too and that I had forgotten to put it on the table. Something is going on with […]

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Easy (Eggless) Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream

Summer is already here in Long Beach! Last week was particularly hot. Hot days call for what? Right. Ice cream! So on one hot day last week I made ice cream. I discovered heavy cream in the refrigerator,  screaming to be used, which made me suddenly remember about the recipe I had for easy ice cream. Easy. Eggless. Strawberry-full. Creamy. […]

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Soft Spinach Pie (Ispanakli Borek)

Soft Spinach Pie (Borek)

I’ve already posted a spinach borek recipe here, long ago. But this one below is a bit different. The filling is made with spinach but with cooked spinach rather than fresh as in the previous recipe. No cheese is used in the filling here. Also, the pie layers are moistened with yogurt mixture instead of milk, which makes the pie […]

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Baba Ghanoush – Step by Step to Great Results

Baba Ghanoush

What can I say about Baba Ghanoush? I love it. Love it. Love it some more. To me, it is one of the best eggplant appetizers that have been known to the world. Maybe I am biased, because I am an eggplant lover. But I seriously do not know anyone who doesn’t like this delicious Middle Eastern dip. It is made […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Garlicky Eggplant with Tomatoes

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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Moroccan Chickpea Salad With Onions and Paprika

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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White Radish and Carrot Salad

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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No-Knead Bread

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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