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Shekerbura – Step by Step

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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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Flourless Chocolate Cake – Daring Bakers Challenge

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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Greek Zucchini Pie – Kourkouto

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 – Daring Bakers Challenge

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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 (Toyug Chighirtmasi)

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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Creamy Mushroom Soup with Fresh Herbs

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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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Pizza – Daring Bakers Challenge

It´great that it is still October 29 here and I am not late to post my October challenge. It’s not 12 am yet:) Makes me feel like Cinderella for a day:) The reason for my belated post is that I procrastinated and waited until the very last day to bake my pizza. I baked it only a few hours ago. […]

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Eclairs – Daring Bakers Challenge

This post is appearing post date (originally posted on August 31) because for some reason it didn’t export to my new blog when I was witching the blogs. I copy pasted it from my previous post, but alas all your wonerful comments are lost… Let me begin my post by shouting out loud that I LOVED LOVED LOVED this mouth’s […]

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Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate Banana Bread

Finally! It happened. I am launching my newly redesigned blog!  Thank you very much for all your encouraging comments and emails I’ve been receiving along the way! I haven’t blogged in a while and it feels great to be finally back in the blogosphere, or better,  the foodispehere. To mark this occasion, I decided to bake something simple.  I had […]

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Mushrooms Stuffed with Eggplant, Walnuts and Fresh Herbs

Stuffed Mushroom

Do you ever cook up a recipe in your head before you actually cook it in the kitchen? If the answer is yes, then join my club. That’s what I usually do when I want to put my imagination to test and challenge my creativity in the kitchen. So my head serves as my test kitchen from time to time. […]

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Lemon-Cardamom Ricotta Cookies

Cardamom Lemon Ricotta Cookies

The other day during one my regular refrigerator clean-ups, I found a container of unused ricotta cheese staring at me. I remembered buying it a while ago when I ventured into making a lemon ricotta cheesecake which I honestly, didn’t quite like. Maybe the recipe I tried was not the best out there. I didn’t want another cake this time […]

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Chicken Salad with Bell Peppers

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Dear friends, Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and wishes you left on my previous post! Here I am again. Up and running, not on my new blog as I promised and thought I would be, but on this old blog of mine I love so much I can’t say good bye to. With that said, today […]

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Saffron Infused Chicken With Quince

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I wrote earlier that I am addicted to cardamom, right? Well, I have another sinful confession to make – I am addicted to saffron too. My nose is quite adept at recognizing its aroma at such a distance you may think I have serious issues here:) Saffron is quite an expensive treat, I should say. I used to buy it […]

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Stuffed Eggplants, Peppers and Tomatoes

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This is probably the most popular dish prepared in Azerbaijan in summer. When vegetables and fruits are in abundance, Azerbaijani women like to stuff them:) They stuff eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, quince and even apples! The general name for all the stuffed yummies is Dolma, which means stuffed in Azeri. Dolma of eggplants, peppers and tomatoes is everybody’s favorite […]

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Danish Braid – Daring Bakers Challenge

DANISH BRAID

Time’s up! Posting the June Daring Bakers Challenge. This month we had to bake Danish Braid, something I had always wanted to make but never dared, up until I had to:)) The hosts are Kelly of Sass & Veracity, and Ben of What’s Cookin’? to whom I am eternally grateful for choosing such a fun and delicious, at first intimidating, […]

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Summer Berry Yogurt Loaf Cake

Berry Orange Loaf

When I saw the recipe for Raspberry Lime Yogurt Pound Cake on Elle’s New England Kitchen, I knew I had to make it as soon as possible. I love berries and I find baked goodies with any thing berry simply irresistible. I’ve made the cake twice within a month and planing on making it again and again, each time using […]

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Mimosa Salad

Salad Mimosa

When I had just launched my blog a little more than 4 months ago, I didn’t know I would soon be receiving emails from around the world from people who at one point in their lives happened to be in Azerbaijan, whether for work or for travel. Some share their stories about the country, some write about their experience with […]

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Opera Cake – Daring Bakers Challenge

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I can’t believe time has come to post the May Daring Bakers challenge! I feel like it was only a week ago, ok, two, that we devoured our Cheesecake Pops and here it comes again – another fabulous challenge. This month’s challenge is being hosted by the founders of the Daring Bakers group, Lis of La Mia Cucina Lis & […]

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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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