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Links to Reads, May 2016

Apricots from our backyard

It’s officially summer! Well, hello June! Hope you bring positive and warm summery vibes to everybody!

May Links to Reads are here, too. This is what I read this past month and what I couldn’t wait to share with you. All worth reading. Enjoy!

* Just when you thought people’s palates embrace the hype, new, and exciting, you learn that most folks actually cook and eat what has been close to their hearts and minds from way before. Unglamorous food that is. Yup, the gap is huge.

* What do you do when the U.S. has a big cheese surplus? Eat more cheese. It is our patriotic duty.

10 old restaurants in Southern California that have stood the test of time. I recognize two from the list (been to one and passed by the other): Musso & Frank in Hollywood, and Cold Spring Tavern in Santa Barbara.

* Turns out the famed Pavlova cake is not from New Zealand after all. Research reveals dessert’s shocking origins. Germany? U.S.? Read on.

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    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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