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Links to Reads: September 2014

Market Scene in Istanbul - AZ Cookbook

Market scene in Istanbul as seen by yours truly.

Time to say goodbye to September! Almost. Hello October. You came fast but you are very welcome. What did I read this past month? A few things worth sharing. Enjoy!

* To refrigerate Parmesan or not? That’s the question.

* So much to learn about apples! 123 varieties of it.

* So what’s caffeine anyway? Let reveal some coffee mysteries.

* Asian pears and what to do with them.

* Pancakes united! 16 takes on the mighty favorite.

Airplane food through the decades.

*  What grows when? Southern Californians, here’s an excellent seasonal produce guide for you.

Have interesting links you’d like to share? Leave a comment. 

 

  • Eggplant and Mushroom Baked Saffron Rice (Tahcheen)
    Eggplant and Mushroom Baked Saffron Rice (Tahcheen)
    April 18, 2017 by Feride Buyuran
    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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    Links to Reads, April 2017
    April 4, 2017 by Feride Buyuran
    * 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 Feride Buyuran
    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 Feride Buyuran
    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 Feride Buyuran
    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 Feride Buyuran
    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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  • Swiss Chard and Spinach Crostata with Fennel Seed Crust
    Swiss Chard and Spinach Crostata with Fennel Seed Crust
    February 27, 2017 by Feride Buyuran
    If you, like me, love leafy greens and quiche-like bakes of all sorts, then Swiss Chard and Spinach Crostata with Fennel Seed Crust should be right up your valley, and you should make it as soon as possible. So good! I spotted the recipe in Cara Mangini’s wonderful new cookbook, The Vegetable Butcher, that she introduced during the book luncheon...
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  • Bulgur Salad with Beets and Apples
    Bulgur Salad with Beets and Apples
    February 21, 2017 by Feride Buyuran
    A few weeks ago, we were invited to a dinner, where our friend, a fantastic cook, Yasemin of Yasemin’s Kitchen, spread an irresistible Turkish feast we absolutely fell in love with. Among the bright array of dishes Yasemin prepared, including eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes in olive oil (kirli kizartmasi), green salads, pilafs and boreks, one dish stood out for me...
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