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Links to Reads, April 2017
Blooming Apricot Tree | AZCookbook.com

Our apricot tree was in full bloom a few weeks ago. Hello, spring!

* Buying healthier snacks at vending machines? Possible. You just have to wait to get them.

* Typical items in a Middle Eastern pantry, from The Splendid Table.

* Do you like baking for others? Keep at it. There are proven benefits to it.

* It is sad that today, famine is still so much present in many countries, including Somalia.

* What to eat in Thessaloniki – 5 must-try snacks, if you happen to be there.

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  • Pomegranate Tree | AZCookbook.com
    Links to Reads, May 2017
    May 2, 2017 by
    My pomegranate tree from Azerbaijan is in full bloom now! I hope the buds will stay and give me lots of fruit. Welcome, May! And hello, new Links to Reads. Here are some cool articles I can’t wait to share with you. Enjoy! *  The ecological impact of the foods we eat on our planet. * Wild versus farm-raised salmon....
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  • Tajik Green Lentil and Rice Soup | AZCookbook.com
    Tajik Green Lentil and Rice Soup
    April 27, 2017 by
    A few days ago, my friend Ayten in Baku posted a video from Tajikistan on her social media – she is moving to the country because she was offered a head position in a reputable organization there (so proud of my girlfriends!). I commented that Tajikistan was one of the countries I’d love to visit one day. And it is...
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  • Eggplant and Mushroom Baked Saffron Rice (Tahcheen)
    Eggplant and Mushroom Baked Saffron Rice (Tahcheen)
    April 18, 2017 by
    Bright, vivid colors, a skillful use of aromatic spices, irresistible flavors coming from varied ingredient concoctions, and an eye-pleasing presentation with fresh herbs, dried rose petals, pistachios, almonds, or barberries scattered atop savory and sweet dishes. I love these things about Persian dishes. It is a beautiful cuisine. I find a lot of elements of it in my native Azerbaijani...
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  • Blooming Apricot Tree | AZCookbook.com
    Links to Reads, April 2017
    April 4, 2017 by
    * Buying healthier snacks at vending machines? Possible. You just have to wait to get them. * Typical items in a Middle Eastern pantry, from The Splendid Table. * Do you like baking for others? Keep at it. There are proven benefits to it. * It is sad that today, famine is still so much present in many countries, including...
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  • Feride Buyuran, Lincoln Memorial | AZcookbook.com
    My Trip to Washington, D.C.
    March 28, 2017 by
    It’s  been a little more than a week since we returned to Los Angeles from D.C. (our very first trip there!) and we already miss it there a lot.  What a great place it is! History, culture, beautiful architecture all around – so much to explore and experience! Sadly, the famous cherry blossom trees were hit hard by the frost...
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  • Cardamom-Walnut Cookies (Mutekke)
    Cardamom-Walnut Cookies (Mutekke)
    March 20, 2017 by
    These tender Cardamom-Walnut Cookies hailing from Azerbaijan are especially popular on spring holiday Novruz, when they often adorn the khoncha, a holiday tray, along with other festive savory and sweet bakes, including the three indispensables – shorgoghal, baklava, and shekerbura. The roll-ups are called mutekke, taking their name from the traditional tube-shaped pillow, mutekke, used to lean on at leisure....
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  • Greek Chicken with Carrots and Fennel
    Greek Chicken with Carrots and Fennel
    March 9, 2017 by
    If you are looking for an easy, one-pot meal that will save you a lot of time preparing and cooking while satisfying your taste buds, look no further. Make Greek Chicken with Carrots and Fennel. I made it recently and loved it. The recipe for this scrumptious dish comes from the wonderful book on olive oil by my blogger friends...
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  • Pistachios and Barberries | AZ Cookbook
    Links to Reads, March 2017
    March 3, 2017 by
    The brand new March has brought with it a new round of Links to Reads that I hope you will enjoy reading. Don’t forget to click on “Read More” at the end for more cool links. * Did you know that butter was discovered quite by accident centuries ago? * A food-allergen detection device for diners, invented at MIT. *...
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