Preserving the Art of Central Valley Armenian Home Cooking

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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

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The Stranger

Sympathetic Souls

I’ve just finished reading A Gentleman in Moscow, and it was such delightful and refreshing read. Ann Patchett was correct in her assessment that “the book is

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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.

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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

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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

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Keshkag

This dish is also called Heriseh; perhaps that is the Turkish name. Whatever you do, don’t confuse ‘heriseh’ (wheat porridge) with ‘harissa’ (Middle Eastern spice)

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Detour

Kesh-Gaggle

There’s a whole lot of gagging going on these days. Gaggles. Gag orders. To indulge my mother, I made a different kind of “gag”—  a

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About Julianne

Julianne Burk was born and raised in Fresno, California. She graduated from Harvard University and received an MBA from The Yale School of Management. A marketing professional and business consultant for over twenty years, Julianne took a detour in 2016, following her heart back to Fresno where she devotes herself to multi-generational family caregiving, writing, grassroots advocacy–and, of course, cooking! Most days, you can find her in Downtown Fresno at her P. Street office. To make contact, reach out to juliannerburk@gmail.com.

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