Category Archives: HAVING GUESTS OVER

Momma Anita’s Armenian Eggplant and Spiced Beef Casserole (Batlijanov Tava)

This eggplant and spiced beef casserole is one of my mother’s signature dishes. It’s an old Urfa Armenian recipe we call batlijanov tava, passed down from generation to generation.  It’s nice to retain these recipes so that future generations of

Momma Anita’s Armenian Eggplant and Spiced Beef Casserole (Batlijanov Tava)

This eggplant and spiced beef casserole is one of my mother’s signature dishes. It’s an old Urfa Armenian recipe we call batlijanov tava, passed down from generation to generation.  It’s nice to retain these recipes so that future generations of

Salmon With Red Bell-Pepper, Walnuts And Herbs

Salmon With Red Bell Pepper, Walnuts, And Herbs

  Here is my simple, yet show-offy recipe for red bell pepper-walnut-herb salmon. It takes 15 minutes of prep-time and 20 minutes to roast in the oven. I roast the salmon at a lower temperature because it keeps the it

Salmon With Red Bell-Pepper, Walnuts And Herbs

Salmon With Red Bell Pepper, Walnuts, And Herbs

  Here is my simple, yet show-offy recipe for red bell pepper-walnut-herb salmon. It takes 15 minutes of prep-time and 20 minutes to roast in the oven. I roast the salmon at a lower temperature because it keeps the it

Poached Egg And Stewed Lacinato Kale on Polenta With Chili-Butter

Poached Egg And Stewed Lacinato Kale on Polenta With Chili-Butter

  Here, I’ve combined 4 things I love: poached eggs, polenta, stewed lacinato (Tuscan) kale, and chili butter. For me it’s a combination made in heaven, especially when the polenta soaks up the egg yolk….yum! This is a great brunch

Poached Egg And Stewed Lacinato Kale on Polenta With Chili-Butter

Poached Egg And Stewed Lacinato Kale on Polenta With Chili-Butter

  Here, I’ve combined 4 things I love: poached eggs, polenta, stewed lacinato (Tuscan) kale, and chili butter. For me it’s a combination made in heaven, especially when the polenta soaks up the egg yolk….yum! This is a great brunch

Roast Chicken with Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) and Mint-Garlic-Lemon Dressing

A few years ago, I had an amazing Jerusalem artichoke dish cooked with mint that my talented mother-in-law made. I immediately fell in love with this root. Before this, I’d only ever eaten it pickled. You have to try pickled

Roast Chicken with Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) and Mint-Garlic-Lemon Dressing

A few years ago, I had an amazing Jerusalem artichoke dish cooked with mint that my talented mother-in-law made. I immediately fell in love with this root. Before this, I’d only ever eaten it pickled. You have to try pickled

Walnut-Honey Spread with Kaymak (Clotted Cream)

Indulgent Breakfast: Walnut-Honey Spread With Kaymak (Or Clotted Cream)

On a recent trip to Istanbul, my husband and I were fortunate to eat at the popular all-day breakfast restaurant called Van Kahvaltı Evi. Van is a city in eastern Turkey, and this place serves breakfast that is typical of

Walnut-Honey Spread with Kaymak (Clotted Cream)

Indulgent Breakfast: Walnut-Honey Spread With Kaymak (Or Clotted Cream)

On a recent trip to Istanbul, my husband and I were fortunate to eat at the popular all-day breakfast restaurant called Van Kahvaltı Evi. Van is a city in eastern Turkey, and this place serves breakfast that is typical of

Vietnamese (ish) Chicken Wings

Like so many others, I was inspired to make these chicken wings after tasting Pok Pok’s mouth wateringly delicious wings in Portland, Oregon. I wanted to re-create the recipe at home. I ran across a recipe which included maple syrup

Vietnamese (ish) Chicken Wings

Like so many others, I was inspired to make these chicken wings after tasting Pok Pok’s mouth wateringly delicious wings in Portland, Oregon. I wanted to re-create the recipe at home. I ran across a recipe which included maple syrup

2 divine speads: Carrot with yogurt and dill and Muhammara

2 divine spreads – Carrot, dill and yogurt and Muhammara

My carrot spread and muhammara are perfect appetizers for when guests come over. Let’s start with the carrot spread. My mother in-law makes this Turkish spread, or a version of it, that instantly took me back to a carrot salad

2 divine speads: Carrot with yogurt and dill and Muhammara

2 divine spreads – Carrot, dill and yogurt and Muhammara

My carrot spread and muhammara are perfect appetizers for when guests come over. Let’s start with the carrot spread. My mother in-law makes this Turkish spread, or a version of it, that instantly took me back to a carrot salad