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Links to Reads: March 2016
Dried Fruits and Nuts, Istanbul

Memories of Istanbul. Summer 2016. Dried fruits and nuts for sale in the city’s renowned Spice Bazaar.

Good bye, March! Hello, April. This means it’s time for a new round of Links to Reads.  Enjoy my top 10 from the month of March.

* Not your grandmother’s cooking: Who gets to cook what’s on your plate? Evan Kleiman claims you don’t have to be a native of a particular country to be able to cook and write about its cuisine. Do you agree?

* The global boom of quinoa so far has been beneficial to Peruvians. But is it all that good? About the cost, the nutrition, and the trouble ahead.

A trip to a sovkhoz on the faraway steppes of Kazakhstan, abandoned after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is believed that ranching may bring a new life to this ghost farm.

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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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