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Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs

I have an enormous appreciation for Mediterranean kitchen. Maybe because Azeri food is very similar to Mediterranean cuisine. Maybe because in my heart of hearts I want to travel so badly and I would start with that part of the world 🙂 maybe one day soon I will 😉 who knows. Anywho...this recipe is super… Continue reading Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs

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Greek Yogurt Muffins

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day...That is the mantra I try to live by, especially during school and work times. So sometimes I get it into my head that I must prepare things for breakfast so my husband and I would have no choice but to eat it. And I've… Continue reading Greek Yogurt Muffins

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Buglama – a classic

Ok, so it would seem that Azeri people love their stews. I never though of it that way, but it would seem that we do! Buglama is another version of a "stew". It is more formal (if food can be formal) and is usually served at weddings or other gatherings. To tell you the truth,… Continue reading Buglama – a classic

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Adjab Sandal – Azeri beef stew

There is nothing more comforting than Meat and Potatoes, especially on a rainy, gloomy somewhat depressing (for other reasons) night. I must have made dozens of dishes whose main actors include the aforementioned. One thing always hold true: they never fail in taste. Be it the slow cooker beef stew, or the main character of this… Continue reading Adjab Sandal – Azeri beef stew

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Quick Cooking Tips: Chicken and Grains

As I was making dinner last night, and it was not going the way I wanted it to, I drew a few conclusions for myself that I decided to share with you: 1) Always trust your gut (and the recipe timing) when cooking chicken. If the recipe says 45-60 minutes, I would lean toward the 60… Continue reading Quick Cooking Tips: Chicken and Grains

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Turkish Baklava

I made something deliciously evil last night. Evil - because of its high sugar content. Delicious - because of its high sugar content. Please disregard my uneven cutting technique. This, my friends, is Baklava. The Turkish/Greek kind I suppose. Azeri Baklava (Paxlava) is way harder to make, and requires hours of dough rolling. This Turkish… Continue reading Turkish Baklava

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Chilled Yogurt Soup: Dogramach or Ovdukh

I have a love/hate relationship with herbs. I dislike them in soups and stews. I love them fresh. I know they add tons of flavor to food and are a staple in Azeri kitchen, but I shy away from them. The dislike for cooked herbs started when I was a child, and continued into adulthood… Continue reading Chilled Yogurt Soup: Dogramach or Ovdukh

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It’s a seafood thing: oven roasted butter and lemon salmon with cauliflower rice

There is a wonderful restaurant right on the Caspian sea called Derya Fish House. It's open air and the tables are right by the water, you get a feeling like you are sitting on a balcony with the Caspian right at your touch. Of course, they mainly serve fish and only the type that is… Continue reading It’s a seafood thing: oven roasted butter and lemon salmon with cauliflower rice