When I think salad I don't necessarily think "entree". That's not true thought, is it. Many restaurants serve salads as entrees and done right, salads can be filling and satisfying. For me, the most important part of a salad is the PROTEIN. I am biased, because I cannot go one day (or one dinner) without… Continue reading “Goodbye Summer” salad
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
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
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
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
I've been out for a while...actually went on a vacation. That's right, I went back home! It's been 8 years, and I finally went back to Azerbaijan! It was great, I saw my relatives, my city, had some fun, ATE SOME FOOD. I came back inspired to cook even more Azeri food. So I am… Continue reading Long time no see
I am a pretty determined cook. I mean, if I get it into my head that I absolutely have to make something, I usually have to do it. But that kind of determination is a double-edged sword: if I am not feeling it, and I make myself make it, chances are, it will not turn… Continue reading Kufte Bozbash – Azeri Meatball Soup
Staying home all day today and getting to cook an Azeri dish I've never made before! Recipe to come after a taste test!!