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Links to Reads, June 2016
Berries and Bananas

Bananas, strawberries, and blueberries ready to be covered with a luscious pastry cream. Perfect for summer! Click on the picture for the recipe.

Time to say good bye to the first month of the summer. It flew by, just like all the previous months.

Well, hello July and hello June Links to Reads. This is what I enjoyed reading this past month. Hope you do, too. Top 10:

* Ever wonder what “triple washed” on the labels on supermarket salad greens mean? Why the number 3 and not 1 or 2?  Mystery solved in the article.

* For the fans of “hole in the wall” kind of restaurants. Here are 7 recommended in Southern California.

*  Why are Japanese knives so famed? Because the country takes it serious. Japan has a centuries-old tradition of making some of the best knives in the world and knife-making is an ancient craft.

* I would love to go to this restaurant with a lovely name in LA’s Little Ethiopia. The coffee ceremony sounds particularly interesting.

* All about rhubarb – origins, growing pattern, Festival of Rhubarb, and whether the plant deserves its “killer reputation.”

  • Azerbaijani Dinner
    Exclusive Azerbaijani Dining Experience in Our House & You Are Invited!
    October 13, 2016 by
    About a month ago, I hosted an exclusive Azerbaijani dinner in our house for the members of the Culinary Historians of Southern California, following my lecture at the Los Angeles Central Library. My goal was to offer the guests not only a unique dining experience, but also allow them to immerse in the Azerbaijani culture even if it was for...
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  • Colorful Cauliflower
    Links to Reads, September 2016
    September 28, 2016 by
    September is drawing to an end and this month’s Links to Reads are here! Oh what a month it has been so far!  Tons of scheduling, focusing, and delivering. I had a lecture at the Los Angeles Public library, hosted Culinary Historians for the exclusive all-Azerbaijani dinner in our house and have been doing cooking classes at home (yay, they...
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  • Fresh Walnuts. Istanbul, Turkey.
    Links to Reads, August 2016
    August 29, 2016 by
    Hello, friends! Time for August  Links to Reads!  That picture above was taken in August too, but two years ago, when I was in Istanbul to print the First Edition of my Pomegranates & Saffron cookbook. One day, I had some time to take a stroll in the bustling aisles of the city’s magnificent Grand Bazaar, where walnuts, some still...
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  • Azerbaijani Firni in Lahij
    Links to Reads, July 2016
    August 2, 2016 by
    Welcome, August! And good-bye, July! Time for a new round of cool links from various sources, so hi there, July Links to Reads! Top 10 links I enjoyed reading. * In Mexico City, trash is recycled both to curb the local waste disposal problem and help the poor get food in return. * Unlike Japanese sashimi, Korean sashimi prizes live...
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  • How to Dry Mint Leaves
    How to Dry Mint Leaves
    July 27, 2016 by
    When life gives you mint, dry it. And store it. Because you can use dried mint in so many ways in the kitchen and stocking up on it to last through a long time is always a good idea. Dried mint is one of my most important pantry staples and I often use it in Azerbaijani and Turkish dishes. The...
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