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Zesty Fiesta Chocolate Fridge Cake

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When my friend Marysol of Memories In the Baking commented on my Cheese and Yogurt Cake with Lemon Zest quoting David Lebovitz : “there are two kinds of people in this world, the lemon people and the chocolate people ” I was about to jump with joy because I had made something that had both the chocolate and lemon a […]

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Cheese and Yogurt Cake with Lemon Zest

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The other day I was going through my old notebook recipe collection and this recipe caught my attention. I had all the ingredients available so I decided to give it a try for the first time since the recipe found its way into my precious collection almost two decades ago. I don’t even remember where I got it from. The […]

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Liver Pate (Pâté) Roulade

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I know, you are probably saying – Liver? Nah, thank you, I’ll pass it. But wait! Make no mistake – this is not just liver. This is delicious and fancy roulade of liver pate, my favorite appetizer. A very presentable starter that is guaranteed to impress your palate and …well, your guests, too. Azerbaijanis love liver pate. It is a […]

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Cheesecake Pops – My First Daring Bakers Challenge!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Mr. and Mrs. Cheezypop! Today is a very special day in my blogging history! I just accomplished my first Daring Bakers Challenge! This month’s challenge is being hosted by two wonderful Daring Bakers: Deborah of Taste and Tell and Elle of Feeding My Enthusiasms. For the April challenge, they picked the recipe for Cheesecake Pops. […]

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Carrot Salad – Healthy, Simple, Delicious

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Last time my mother-in-law visited us, she gave me all of her recipe notebooks full of the recipes she has collected over years. It is a special collection and I am going to hand it down to my daughter when she grows up, provided she develops a passion for cooking just like her grandma and … all the modesty aside… […]

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Potato or Meat Pies a.k.a Pirojki

Potato Pirojki

This is a hands down winner in our family. Pirojki. They are believed to have originated from Russia, but have well blended into the cuisine of Azerbaijan and are popular both among the grownups and children alike. These dough pockets, stuffed with savory fillings such as cabbage, mashed green peas, potato or meat, can be either deep fried or baked […]

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Spinach Salad with Cheese, Walnuts and Raisins

My spinach repertoire continues. This time I added a spinach salad I learned from my dear friend Asli. They came over for dinner the other day. The table was set… but I was missing a salad. I had a bag of baby spinach sitting in my refrigerator and Asli suggested we make spinach salad with walnuts, cheese and apples. The […]

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Easy Baklava

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I’ve been wanting to post the recipe for Azerbaijani baklava for a long time. So, for the first time in my life I dared to make baklava myself, but …. it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. It tasted great (we had guests and they loved it) and it had all the right flavors, but I was still not […]

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Layered Rice Pilaff With Dried Fruit and Chestnuts

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Eziz Qonaqlar, Meclisimize Ash Gelir! Ok, no panicking, it’s in Azeri, I’ll translate, word by word: Dear Guests, Pilaff is Entering Our Ceremony! This is how the Tamada, a Toastmaster always announces the appearance of a festive Pilaff at the Azerbaijani wedding ceremony. Royal treatment, you would say? Now, listen to this. Beautifully presented and mouth-watering pilaff is literally escorted […]

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How to Make Saffron Water

Saffron (in Azeri: Zeferan) is widely used in Azerbaijani cuisine to add flavor and color to the food. When buying saffron, go for threads instead of powder, as they stay fresh and aromatic longer than the powder. Saffron water is usually added to rice pilaffs, some meat dishes, soups and sweets. Here’s how you treat this rare spice before it […]

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How to Peel Chestnuts

Chestnuts are widely used in Azerbaijani cuisine, especially in Rice Pilaffs. They make a perfect snack when roasted, too. Here’s how you peel them to use in your recipes. 1. There are two methods you can choose from to treat the chestnuts before peeling them. Option 1: With a sharp knife, cut an “X” on the flat side of each […]

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Baked Fish Stuffed with Walnuts (Balig Levengi)

This is my first recipe in the Fish category. And I started with the king of Azerbaijani fish recipes – fish stuffed with walnuts. On joyful occasions such as the celebration of Spring Holiday – Novruz, the Azerbaijani table overflows with food. But there is always room for fish stuffed with Levengi, a traditional walnut filling originating from the beautiful […]

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Prunes Dipped in Chocolate

Today is the 8th of March – International Women’s Day. I don’t think it is celebrated in the US, but in Azerbaijan it is big. Good for women, bad for men:)) They have to buy flowers, chocolates, gifts for all the women in the family, at work, at school, including wives, moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, cousins, and so on and […]

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