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Cheese-Stuffed Hot & Sweet Cherry Peppers

Stuffed Hot & Sweet Cherry Peppers

I made these stuffed peppers yesterday for our guests, but forgot to put them on the table during the meal. Then I remembered and I brought them out along with the desserts. Then, as we were finishing with the desserts, I remembered that I had baklava, too and that I had forgotten to put it on the table. Something is going on with […]

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Baba Ghanoush – Step by Step to Great Results

Baba Ghanoush

What can I say about Baba Ghanoush? I love it. Love it. Love it some more. To me, it is one of the best eggplant appetizers that have been known to the world. Maybe I am biased, because I am an eggplant lover. But I seriously do not know anyone who doesn’t like this delicious Middle Eastern dip. It is made […]

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Artichoke Salad with Carrots and Green Peas

Artichoke Salad with Carrots and Green Peas

Sometimes the fewer the ingredients a salad contains and the brighter and contrasting  the colors, the more appealing it looks, and the more delicious it is, too. Like this salad. It only has three ingredients. Artichoke, carrot, and green peas. Dressed with nothing more than olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. But both appealing to the eye and […]

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Roasted Mini Sweet Peppers with Garlic and Thyme

Roasted Sweet Peppers with Garlic and Thyme

This may sound like a teaser to those of you living in the snowing states, but Los Angeles, my friends, is living an early summer in the winter month of January. It almost sounds unfair. I hope I could send you some sunshine from here. The heat wave shifted my food cravings. Summer means wanting to eat summery foods, like colorful […]

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Creamy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

My typical simple formula for mashed potatoes is usually: boiled potatoes, butter, and milk – mashed together and that’s it. Recently I’ve been adding another ingredient to it – cheese. It instantly becomes another kind of mashed potatoes – creamy and more flavorful. The cheese is added at the very end and the puree is cooked on the stove until […]

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Sautéed Chanterelles with Garlic

Sauteed Chantenrelles

We’ve sauteed white mushrooms before, now we’ll work with chanterelles. Chanterelles are golden-color fleshy wild mushrooms that have a relatively mild and slightly fruity flavor. I’ve noticed they hold their shape nicely while being sauteed, and do not collapse easily as other mushrooms varieties do sometimes. Sauteing the chanterelles with garlic brings about the mushrooms’ wild taste. Toss fresh parsley […]

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Garlicky Eggplant with Tomatoes

Garlicky Eggplant with Tomatoes

It’s been “years” since my last post, hasn’t it? Or at least it feels so to me. I am not “to  blame”. A couple of weeks ago I took a brief vacation from my full time job to rest and to temporarily reunite with my blog. Instead, I had to take care of a medical emergency that popped out of  […]

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White Radish and Carrot Salad

Radish Salad

I make the yellow-white salad you see on our expecting-guests table quite often – both for guests and for the family. It is white radish and carrot salad. Super easy to make, delicious and good for you all the way.  I spotted the recipe long ago in two of my favorite Turkish cookbooks -”Sultan’s Kitchen” by Ozcan Ozan and “The […]

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Sautéed Mushrooms – Not your usual kind

Sauteed Mushrooms

I love love mushrooms. I am a mushroom lover in the family. Kid are not big fans. Sadly, albeit my numerous experiments and attempts to fancy up kid-friendly mushroom dishes a.k.a disguise mushrooms to the point that that kids wouldn’t notice, my efforts have not paid off so far  -  kids still frown upon anything mushroom. Things are a bit […]

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Fresh Herb Kükü (Goyerti Kyukyusu)

Azerbaijani Fresh Herb Omlette (Kuku)

This is fresh herb kükü served in Baku’s Carvansarai Restaurant. In Azerbaijan, kükü (read: kyukyu) is the general name given to dishes in which main ingredients – vegetables, herbs, meat, or fish – are bound with eggs, then browned on both sides on a stovetop. It is not to be confused with an omlette as the featured ingredients in a […]

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Roasted Vegetables Baked in Golden Batter

Roasted Vegetables Baked in Golden Batter

Come spring and summer, I crave colorful and bright dishes incorporating all sorts of vegetables. This dish is abundant with them, all bursting with color. Here, red peppers, yellow peppers, red onions, zucchini, and eggplant are first roasted then baked to  golden perfection under a blanket of milky batter that is poured on their tops. This deliciousness is then sprinkled […]

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Rice Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

A few years ago, when my in-laws were visiting from Turkey, we were invited to a 4th of July block party organized on our street. We were told that there would be a bake-off contest and a potluck. So the cooking members of the family, which included my mother-in-law and me only, split the duties – I  was in charge […]

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Green Beans with Eggs (Lobya Chighirtmasi)

I know, I know, you are probably thinking, “Here we go again – she disappeared for a long time and is back with another excuse.” But please forgive me.  We are getting ready for our big trip to Turkiye and Azerbaijan, so lately I have been obsessed with packing suitcases and making sure nothing is forgotten before we leave. So, […]

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Savory Potato-Carrot Loaf

The minute my reader Gunel from Azerbaijan sent me this recipe, I was hooked.  Savory potato-carrot loaf? Baked in a loaf pan? Really?  I mean, I am familiar with potato breads, but this is no bread. This is something different. Its texture it is more like kourkouto I am still addicted to,  but it comes in a different shape and tastes […]

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Moldavian Mushroom Stew (Tokana)

I stumbled upon the recipe for Moldavian mushroom stew while leafing through Anya von Bremzen and John Welchman’s “Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook.” I immediately thought I could put mushrooms I bought during my recent grocery outing to a good use. The dish was easy to put together and was great with mashed potatoes I made to go […]

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Coconut Meringues + Happy International Women’s Day!

Today is the International Women’s Day, a holiday that is celebrated widely in Azerbaijan just as in many other parts of the world. I would like to congratulate all the women on this occasion and wish them all the best. As a dedication to them, here’s the recipe for my favorite meringue with coconut. Light as a feather, these will […]

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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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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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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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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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Spinach With Eggs

AZ Cookbook | Spinach with Eggs

Spinach is good for you. It’s healthy. I always knew it was good but if you asked me the specifics of its benefits, I would be clueless as to what to say. But after reading a bunch of “spinach”-related articles over the Internet (it saves, doesn’t it), I learned one thing for sure – Need more Iron? Go for spinach! […]

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Creamy Yogurt Soup

AZ Cookbook | Creamy Yogurt Soup

Yogurt is widely used in Azerbaijani kitchen. Yogurt soups are especially popular. Some chilled, some warm. There is yogurt soup with fresh herbs, chickpeas and small meatballs, there is chilled yogurt soup with cucumber and there is this wonderful soup called Kelekosh we are going to make today. Honestly, I don’t remember eating Kelekosh in Azerbaijan. I only read about […]

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Eggplant Rolls

AZ Cookbook | Eggplant Rolls

I looooove eggplant! In fact, it is my favorite vegetable, and I love almost anything that has eggplant in it. It is quite a popular veggie in Azerbaijan. We use it in many different ways, from fried eggplant, to eggplant pickle and even eggplant preserve (my aunt makes the best eggplant preserve ever!)! Today we are going to make Eggplant […]

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