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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  […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Crumb Cake “Fragile”


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 […]


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, […]


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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