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  • Vienna Chocolate Cake
    April 6, 2015
    Vienna Chocolate Cake
    Spring is here and today I am sharing with you the most spring-fitting recipe ever! OK. I am not. I am bad, I know. Because today we have lots of chocolate on the menu. Wait! Chocolate has no season, right? You can enjoy it any time, right? Well, then I have all the excuse to post this recipe today for...
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  • Links to Reads: March 2015
    April 3, 2015
    Links to Reads: March 2015
    The belated March Links to Reads are ready. I enjoyed these articles. Hope you do, too. * Foie gras. Cruel or couture? * And the winner is… “Ugly” veggies. * Bringing a Native American food culture into the modern world. * What makes Indian food so delicious?  * Worldwide hunger for chocolate is driving out primates in Ivory Coast....
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  • Raw Spice Bar – Around the World with Spices
    March 16, 2015
    Raw Spice Bar - Around the World with Spices
    I was recently contacted by the staff of Raw Spice Bar, a new company based out of Los Angeles and asked if I would like to try their newly lunched subscription service that comes with cool products. Their products are spices from around the world. Freshly ground, small batch premium spice blends that arrive at your doorsteps once a month....
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  • “Oreshki” Walnut Cookies with Dulce de Leche
    March 6, 2015
    "Oreshki" Walnut Cookies with Dulce de Leche
    Meet some of the most unique cookies that hail from my childhood—walnut-shaped cookies called oreshki. Oreshki means “nuts” in Russian. In this particular case, it means “walnuts.” How are these cookies and my childhood related? Well, long ago, when I was much younger and growing up in Azerbaijan, the country was part of the Soviet Union. Which means that I,...
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  • Links to Reads: February 2015
    March 4, 2015
    Links to Reads: February 2015
    Time for the February Links to Reads.  Here are some of the share-worthy articles I read this past month. Enjoy! * Natural? Organic? Free-range? What do these mean? * Visual feast: If the world’s major cities were made of food. * About shark finning bans. Do they work? * The chicken was first domesticated for cockfighting not food....
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  • Easy Homemade Dulce De Leche
    February 25, 2015
    Easy Homemade Dulce De Leche
    Years ago, when I first heard the term dulce de leche in America, it struck me as fancy and I didn’t quite know what it was. Candy made of milk, or sweet made of milk, as the translation goes. Hmm. Until I found out it was nothing more than what we called “cooked or boiled condensed milk” back in Azerbaijan,...
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  • The Perfect Lemon Tart
    February 17, 2015
    The Perfect Lemon Tart
    If you’ve seen my About Me page, you’ve probably noticed me beaming with happiness over a tart, looking like I am teasing you guys. That, my friends, is the perfect lemon tart. Big time teaser. I baked it for a photo shoot 4 years ago and had been procrastinating posting the recipe on the blog for the longest time. Until....
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  • Garlicky Beet Salad with Yogurt and Walnuts
    February 13, 2015
    Garlicky Beet Salad with Yogurt and Walnuts
    Tell me what comes to your mind when you read the blog title? Let me guess. Perhaps, just like me, you think it sounds super duper healthy? Am I right or am I right? I think I am right. Health on a plate, literally. Beets, garlic, plain yogurt, walnuts. Each ingredient in this salad I’ll write about speaks of nutrition...
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