My Cookbook is Available!

I am so excited! After more than 3 years of work, Persian Cooking in an American Kitchen – Cooking how my Mother-in-law would have taught me is available on Amazon! It took 3 years to develop and refine the recipes, but the last month of editing and layout has been the hardest and most challenging….

Sourdough Blondies

Time for Portia’s first weekly feeding.  Portia is the new sourdourgh starter I made here in Portland.  After her feeding I was left with a cup of sourdough discard. I also have a bag of dark chocolate kisses and some other chocolates in my kitchen (leftovers from my Mother’s Day treats).  I want to use…

A Real Northwestern Bread – Hazelnut and Cherry

Even though we are still living in our rented tiny condo and all my kitchen gear is in storage (including my stand mixer), it is time to get back to baking bread.  Without my mixer, I am getting my hands on the dough more, so getting an even better feel for the textures I like…

Quarantine Quiche

Sometimes quarantine means making comfort food. This is especially true on a rainy quarantine day. Since moving to Portland we have discovered tater tots.  Yes, there were tater tots in Delaware, and I never made them.  Just another processed food.  But tater tots were invented in in Oregon, and they are a big thing here,…

Chicken and Fava Bean Polo

How to turn a fail into a success… I had planned to make chicken tinga for dinner, when I realized that I had defrosted the wrong chicken, had no tomatoes, no chipotle peppers, and no corn tortillas 🤦‍♀️. So I explored my options knowing that I needed to use the chicken tonight. We had broccoli,…

Pumpkin Bread Biscotti

What did I do with the rest of the can of pumpkin that I found in my cabinet? As you can see I made pumpkin bread biscotti, which was so easy to make and truly a delicious treat.  But I need to share how I came about making it. When I first found out I…

Pumpkin Challah Cinnamon Rolls

Time for some quarantine comfort baking – “emptying my cabinets” style.  I found a can of organic pumpkin, so, since I also still have some confectioner’s sugar,  baking project #1 – pumpkin challah cinnamon rolls. As with many of my favorite challah recipes, this one was from My Jewish Learning – The Nosher.  I made…

Smoked Salmon and Rice – Mahi Polo

Of all my favorite food treats living in Oregon, I think the quality and variety of smoked salmon is about the top. From salmon candy, to all the different flavored smokes, to what I used here, a moist, smoked salmon stored in a jar, I have yet to work my way through them all. This…

Cumin Chicken & Rice (Morgh Zereh ba Berenj)

Talk about comfort food! And memories of my mother! Another mash-up of my husband’s and my backgrounds.  I set out to make a chicken and rice dish with a bit more flavor by adding a good bit of cumin along with turmeric, and bay leaves.  When I went to the store today, I was able…

Baklava experiment

In my quest to combine Pacific Northwest foods with Persian foods, I decided to jump into making one of the foods that has always intimidated me – baklava.  Not just any baklava, but I wanted to experiment with using hazelnuts and walnuts.  Not only that, but I decided to bring my love for orange juice-based…