Preserving the Art of Central Valley Armenian Home Cooking

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Bulgur Pilaf

Bulgur Pilaf

Try this healthy alternative to rice pilaf when you want the best of both worlds.

Beef Kebabs

Beef Kebabs

Practice makes perfect! Last weekend’s test run of Zee’s beef kebab recipe included simple bamboo skewers and a bottle of red wine.

Chicken Kebabs

Chicken Kebabs

See boneless, skinless chicken breast in a new light.

How to Kebab

How to Kebab

Kebab (verb): To transform a meal into a party!

Rice Pilaf:                          A Lesson in Tolerance

Rice Pilaf: A Lesson in Tolerance

Here is a recipe and a proverb all in one: think pilaf for peace!

Armenian-Style Lamb Chops

Armenian-Style Lamb Chops

“Either I eat it, or I don’t eat it. But if I eat it, it’s going to be quality!”   These were Zee’s opening remarks for our second cooking lesson, where she demonstrated her “go-to” preparation for lamb. The Frenched lamb rack, although pricey, yielded […]

Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

Here in Fresno, AJ’s Armenian Cuisine makes an inspired vinaigrette. The acid is from lemons, and there are hints of garlic and mint and red Aleppo Pepper, which is very earthy and only mildly spicy. As it’s winter and citrus is so abundant, I set […]

Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee

This is basically espresso. My family called it Turkish coffee because they had immigrated from Eastern Turkey. Others call it Armenian, Greek, or Arabic coffee. The preparation is basically the same, and it’s easy because it relies on a 1:1 ratio. Growing up, my grandma […]

Cousin Lisa’s Fasul-ya

Cousin Lisa’s Fasul-ya

Fasul-ya – green bean and tomato stew – is one of my favorite Armenian side dishes from childhood. The pronunciation reminds me of facile (French for “easy”) and thus it seems aptly named! My cousin Lisa sometimes converts this vegetable side dish into a complete […]

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

I arrived at Zee’s home in early January, eager to begin my Armenian Home Cooking Apprenticeship, but quickly deflated when she met me at the door nursing a cold. “Come in honey,” she said. “I am sorry to keep you waiting, but I am not […]