Preserving the Art of Central Valley Armenian Home Cooking

Zee’s Recipes

Piaz: The Armenian Chili Bean

Piaz: The Armenian Chili Bean

I nicknamed this dish “Armenian Chili Beans” for my Texan-husband who sometimes struggles with our cuisine…

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 […]

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 […]