Recipe: Cucumber and Yogurt Dip (Jajik)

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Serves 6 Serve this refreshing dip with toasted pita chips. You'll be cool as a cucumber even on a hot day. Ingredients: 2 cups greek yogurt 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 medium cucumbers, peeled, grated, and squeezed dry with paper towels (see photo at bottom of recipe). 2 Tbsp chopped fresh mint 1 tsp dried cilantro 2 Tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground sumac for garnish (optional) Method: 1. Combine all ingredients in a serving bowl, except for sumac. Cover … [Read more...]

Video Saturday: “Armenian Folk Medly” (sic)

Shakila is a famous Persian singer. Listen to her gorgeous voice as she sings Armenian Folk Medly (sic). Even if you don't know exactly what she's saying, the high quality video tells the story. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWXUK_YLoNQ] See you on Monday... I'll have recipes and the Armenian Monday Meal Review! Have a wonderful weekend! … [Read more...]

Fun Fact Friday: Sumakh (Sumac) POLLS

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There are weeks I spend 10 hours grocery shopping. Take week 5, for example. Angola. I ran around to the fish market, the latino market, the african market, the health food store... and, just when I thought I was done, I realized I forgot something on the list and I had to head out again. With a baby, no less. A baby with needs. For example, Ava likes to eat once in a while. And sleep. And poop. She's like a ticking time bomb; do too many errands, and she goes off. Well, this … [Read more...]

Sunshine Award

Cooking my way around the world feels like young love. One minute I'm giddy with excitement, thinking about what it will be like to cook and feast on the next 3 1/2 years of meals. The next minute, I'm dumbstruck with awe as I ponder just how many countries I have left in my challenge. I mean, really. I've done 7 and I've got 188 to go... !!! With an average of 4 recipes per country that's about ... 752 more recipes... And this week I'm putting together 7 dishes for … [Read more...]

Menu: Armenia

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Nom, nom. I'm in the grazing mood. Solution? An Armenian Meza buffet for this weekend's Global Table. Meza buffets are typically served cold or room temperature. Most of the dishes can be wrapped up or dipped in flatbread, making Meza great picnic food. This meal is vegetarian; add seasoned grilled chicken, beef, or lamb, if desired. Lavash Armenian flatbread Spiced Feta [Recipe] Feta seasoned with paprika, tarragon, oregano, and sumakh (tart berry powder available at middle … [Read more...]

About Armenian Food: where friendships are… salty?

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Sayings stab the truth right in the eye - with just a few simple words they gracefully reveal local culture. For example, when an Armenian is in the company of good friends they say "We have bread and salt among us." Why? Bread is an Armenian staple. The most popular flatbread is lavash, while the most popular leavened bread is Pideh. Comparing friendship to bread shows how both are basic sustenance to Armenians. Salt is an essential part of all diets because it is required for … [Read more...]

Monday Meal Review: Argentina

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This is meal #7 in my personal challenge to eat one meal from every country in the world. This week I used my Great Aunt's dishes for the first time. Her name was Caterina, but we called her Lulla Rina. Lulla Rina made two of my favorite childhood treats: spaghetti tossed with boiled potatoes and marinara, and braided challah with whole eggs baked inside. She's been gone a long time now but I still smile when I think of those unusual treats. The day of our Argentine feast, I … [Read more...]

Recipe: Chimichurri Sauce

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Serves 4 Chimichurri sauce is traditionally served with Beef Empanadas in Argentina. The bold garlic flavor also goes well with any grilled beef. Ingredients: 3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup chopped red onion 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp water 5 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 1/4 tsp pepper Method: 1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process until a loose salsa … [Read more...]