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Links to Reads, January 2017
Chinese New Year

Big Fire Rooster sitting pretty on gold; spotted at a local shopping mall.

Ready for the first round of Links to Reads in the Year of the Fire Rooster?

Top 10 links,  handpicked specially for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to click on “Read More” at the end for more cool links.

* Get a glimpse of Azerbaijani food from the Saveur article by Anya von Bremzen.

* History of the “tree of life,” coconut, in much details. Who started trading them, how they traversed vast territories, and more.

* At Syria Supper Club, food becomes the common denominator, connecting refugee families with Americans.

* Who was Russia’s Mad Monk Rasputin?

* Popped culture: a history of America’s favorite snack food.

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  • Cinnamon Raisin Babka
    Cinnamon Raisin Babka
    February 16, 2017 by
    A couple of days ago, I found myself craving  sweet breads, and as a result,  frantically leafing through cookbooks in search of something tall, filled, tender, and perfect with a cup of tea. I discovered the perfect recipe in Faye Levy‘s cookbook, 1,000 Jewish Recipes, that I was lucky to have signed by the author (and now my friend!) at...
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  • Goat Cheese and Chive Cookies | AZ Cookbook
    Goat Cheese and Chive Cookies
    February 10, 2017 by
    Last December, I had the privilege of attending the book luncheon event with Dorie Greenspan at Melissa’s Produce, where Dorie presented her new cookbook, Dorie’s Cookies. At the event, we got to sample a galore of sweet and savory cookies that Melissa’s Produce chefs baked from the book. Meeting Dorie was special. Besides being charming and very down to earth,...
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  • Fire Rooster | AZ Cookbook
    Links to Reads, January 2017
    January 31, 2017 by
    Ready for the first round of Links to Reads in the Year of the Fire Rooster? Top 10 links,  handpicked specially for you to enjoy. Don’t forget to click on “Read More” at the end for more cool links. * Get a glimpse of Azerbaijani food from the Saveur article by Anya von Bremzen. * History of the “tree of...
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  • Feseli, Flaky Flatbread | AZ Cookbookeseli2
    Feseli, Flaky Flatbread (Plain or Spiced)
    January 28, 2017 by
    In my baking class recently, along with other traditional and contemporary  bakes, we made feseli, a flaky flatbread from Azerbaijan. The recipe, published in “Pomegranates & Saffron,” received raving reviews from class participants and I thought to share it on the blog, too. I have a feeling you will love this flatbread, and so will anyone you treat it to....
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  • Butternut Squash or Pumpkin Preserves
    Butternut Squash or Pumpkin Preserves
    January 16, 2017 by
    The holidays are over but we still have a pumpkin and a butternut squash sitting on our kitchen counter, waiting for their turn to become something delicious (unless they’ve gone bad already). I will most likely make them into sweet preserves, in which chunks of squash are cooked with  sugar until golden and tender. They are so good! Serve them...
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