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Happy Holidays + Cocoa-Sour Cherry Slices

The school is off, the kids are at home running around and begging to be entertained by their not-so-much-of-a-child-entertainer mom, and I’ve been busy baking cookies these past few days to give to neighbors and friends as our family gift for the holidays. So it’s all hectic, but good. I haven’t forgotten you and just wanted to write a short […]

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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

In the beginning, long time ago, I didn’t bake oatmeal cookies. They came in from our favorite store, Costco. M was the only one who ate them. Kids found them too “cinnamony.” I thought they were delicious but heavy, hence passed on them.  Later, when I became somewhat “daring” in the kitchen, I made Quaker’s vanishing oatmeal cookies in a […]

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Pomegranate Bracelet – Soo Edible

Pomegranate Bracelet Salad

I went to a Russian school in Azerbaijan. Or to be more precise, it was a mixed school, with half of the students getting their education in the Russian language, with the other half – in Azeri. I was in the Russian half. I remember how as a schoolgirl I was enamored with the writing of the Russian writer Aleksandr […]

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A Sweet Thank You – Cocoa Almond Meringues

Thanksgiving is almost here! A wonderful reminder that we have so much in life to be thankful for.  So I wanted to thank you, my readers, for the tremendous support you have shown me since the launch of AZ Cookbook, for your friendship and loyalty, for bearing with me and coming back to read whenever I disappeared then emerged again. […]

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Braised Lamb with Pomegranates and Chestnuts

Nar, nar, more nar! This is what the family has been saying the most ever since nars (pomegranates) hit the Long Beach markets stalls about a month ago. We buy loads of nar. And we have nar eating sessions every day. Even our dog is addicted. He eagerly joins our sessions,  and we all munch on the the crunchy juicy  […]

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Turkish White Bean Salad (Fasulye Piyazi)

Piyaz is a classic Turkish white bean salad that appears on our table whenever it becomes blissfully carnivorous, especially when we make grilled meats and meatballs (kababs). It goes great as an accompaniment to meats, but hey, I won’t hold it against you if you decide to enjoy it as it is, in all its glory, as part of your […]

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Cake Napoleon – Step by Step

Ask anybody who was born and spent a good chunk of his/her life during Soviet Union what the most popular cake of the era was, chances are you will hear Napoleon.  It is true. It was super popular back then. It still is; after many years after the collapse of the USSR, the cake reigns supreme and graces every pastry […]

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Eggplant Salad with Yogurt and Mint

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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Lahmajun + Yogurt Drink (Ayran)

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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Summer Salad with Marinated Mushrooms

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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Crumb Cake “Fragile”

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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Tomato-Thyme Soup with Cheese and Croutons

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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Meat Stuffed Blinchiki (Crêpes)

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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Georgian Chicken with Herbs (Chakhokhbili)

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

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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Ganache Mousse Macaron Sandwich Cookies

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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Strawberry Cheesecake – Daring Bakers Challenge

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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Red as Red Can Be – Borsch

Borsch (also known as borscht) is one of the  most popular soups across the vast region of Eastern Europe. Originating in Ukraine, it traveled to Azerbaijan 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 […]

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Lasagne Verdi al Forno – Daring Bakers Challenge

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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