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How to Make Plain Yogurt at Home

When I lived in Baku, I remember how every Saturday an old jiguli would stop in front of our  nine-story apartment complex and an energetic woman in her late 60s known as sud satan (milk seller) or more affectionately, sud satan khala (aunt milk seller) would hurriedly step out of the car and open its trunk to proudly display its […]

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Tiramisu from Scratch – Daring Baker’s Challenge

And I thought I made tiramisu in the past…Store-bought ladyfingers, store-bought mascarpone cheese, whip up a no-cook raw egg-mascarone cream in seconds, slather it in-between the soaked-in-coffee ladyfingers, and call yourself the tiramisu queen… Until the daring bakers announced the challenge for the month of February! TIRAMISU from SCRATCH! Yes, yes, ladyfingers from scratch, mascarpone cheese from scratch, cooked zabaglione, […]

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Honey Cake (Medovik) – Step by Step

honey cake

In my recent interview to Women’s Forum I mentioned that I didn’t cook much back in Azerbaijan, but that I baked a few cakes. Well, honey cake, known as medovik or medoviy tort in Russian, and balli tort in Azeri, originally Russian but equally famous across the ex-soviet republics, is one of those cake. My sister and I, or sometimes […]

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Lemon Upside-Down Cake

Calling all lemon lovers! This is ONE cake you must try – it will tantalize your lemon loving palate like no other. The cake tastes super lemony with intermingling sweet and tart notes. The lemon slices arranged on the bottom of the pan become an impressive top once the cake has been baked and inverted. Every time I bake this […]

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Lamb Patties from Lenkeran (Shami)

I disappeared again.  You must be used to this terrible behavior of mine. Please forgive me. I was around fighting this crazy cold I got from who knows where which I finally defeated. Thank you for all your emails asking me about my whereabouts. I really appreciate it. You guys are great! I can’t wait to share one special recipe […]

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AZ Cookbook is 2 + Cream Cheese-Swirled Brownies

Today AZ Cookbook is 2 years and 2 days old! Yay! For some odd reason I thought the blogiversary, that is the 2 years mark, was today, but after checking back on my It’s official now post I realized it was on January 23. Bummer. But it’s ok. Better than skipping the 1st blogiversary altogether last year, only to remember […]

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Olive-Walnut-Pomegranate Medley (Zeytun Perverde)

The recipe for zeytun perverde,  a delectable Persian appetizer made of green olives, walnuts, and pomegranate arils, comes from my dear friend Nahid’s mom, aunt Khedije, an exceptional cook of both Azerbaijani and Persian dishes (she is an Azeri living in Iran). Zeytun perverde originates in the North of Iran. If pomegranate is not available where you are, or if […]

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Honey Rolls

I love baking rolls, especially those that garner me lots of praise and compliments (that’s how modest I am), and this is exactly  what mi amiga Marysol’s honey rolls have been doing for me ever since I’ve spotted her  recipe and the appetite-stirring pictures on her delicious blog, I’ve made honey rolls using Marysol’s recipe several times already, each time […]

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Cabbage Rolls Stuffed with Meat, Rice, and Fresh Herbs (Kelem Dolmasi)

Hi there. I am back (did I sound like I just awoke from a winter sleep or what?). I hope you all had a great time during the holidays. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones once again. I was planning to begin the new year with a sweet recipe, but changed my mind because I’ve been wanting […]

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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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