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Links to Reads, July 2017
White Cucumber Pickles | AZCookbook.com

Summer is the canning and preserving season in Azerbaijan. I spotted these jars with pickled cucumbers at Baku’s Taza Bazar farmer’s market back in the summer of 2013. These particular cucumber variety is called “agh khiyar,” or white cucumber. Known for its meaty flesh and distinctly fresh flavor, it is the preferred choice for pickling. 

Welcome, July! Happy Birthday, America! And hello, new Links to Reads. Enjoy the top 10, handpicked specially for you!

* So Amazon bought Whole Foods. What will the shopping experience be in the famous natural foods store from now on?

* Trash cooking? Yup. Such exists. In a  better language, it is called cooking with scraps.

* Korean scientists are toning down some of kimchi’s distinct characteristics, including its strong smell, to make it more appealing to Westerners.

* The secret history of the world’s most expensive spice, saffron.

* A special type of tea, pu-erh, sought after by tea connoisseurs, comes from only one hidden mountainous corner in China.

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  • Pumpkin Pie (Video)
    Pumpkin Pie | AZCookbook.com with Feride Buyuran
      Time to bake Pumpkin Pie because tis the season! And I have the right recipe for you. This is the result of my yet another obsession to perfect a recipe. A little while ago, I set out on a quest to make the perfect pumpkin pie, which, to me must have a tender yet flaky crust, a creamy yet...
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  • Mimosa Salad (Video)
    Mimosa Salad | AZCookbook.com by Feride Buyuran
    This post was originally published on June 8, 2008 and is now updated. I have added a recipe video and tweaked the recipe for best results. ______ Mimosa Salad is a festive layered salad made with cooked vegetables and chicken, with its sour-cream-mayonnaise moistened top garnished with dill and eggs yolks to resemble mimosa flowers on snow. This unusual salad...
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  • Perfect Pumpkin Bread (Video)
    Perfect Pumpkin Bread Recipe | AZCookbook.com by Feride Buyuran
    Looking for the recipe for that Perfect Pumpkin Bread that is moist, not overwhelmingly spiced and has the right flavors? Look no further, because I did the  job so you don’t have to worry – I tested 4 pumpkin bread recipes with my own tweaks until I settled on the variation you see here! Meet my no-fail, multiple-times-tested recipe for...
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  • Homemade Pumpkin Puree (Video)
    Homemade Pumpkin Puree | AZCookbook.com by Feride Buyuran
    This post was originally published on November 12, 2014 and is now updated. I have added a recipe video and tweaked the recipe for best results. ______ It’s that time of year again! Pumpkins are popping up everywhere and baking with them has started too! You’ve probably also spotted cans with pumpkin puree in your supermarket and plan on stocking...
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  • Cardamom-Walnut Cookies – Mutekke (Video)
    Cardamom-Walnut Cookies (Mutekke) | AZCookbook.com
    This post was originally published on March  20, 2017 and is now updated. I have added a recipe video and tweaked the recipe for best results. ______ 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...
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