Every Armenian family has two signature dishes: Red Rice (Garmir Pilaf, my mother’s recipe here) which is rice cooked in a tomato sauce with cubes of beef and Macaron, not to be confused with dainty French almond meringue sandwich cookies. We Armenians refer to pasta in general as macaron(i) and by default, pasta steamed with […]
The holidays are here and all eyes are on the North Pole. That’s where you’ll find Santa, his elves, reindeer, but you know what else you’ll find there? My all-time favorite festive character… Penguins! Born in a tuxedo, he’s always ready to party and no one can resist that swagger waddle. Grab the kids and […]
Pineapple Cakes are traditionally enjoyed during Lunar New Year celebrations. Little bundles of buttery goodness stuffed with homemade pineapple jam make for a most welcoming treat any time of day, any day of the year. Known as the Princess of Fruits, the stately pineapple has symbolized hospitality here in the States since the colonial days. […]
Finally, the weather has turned in my favor. A gentle drizzle greeted us this morning and all I could think about was cooking something cozy, like Chicken Pho with a side of sweet-tart shallot chutney. What in the world would an Armenian girl know about Pho? Well, nothing, perhaps, except this girl has a Vietnamese […]
Dragon's Kiss Cocktail came about one Friday night when I stopped by the grocery store on my way home from work. Brain-dead and ready for the long weekend, my stomach was grumbling like a caged beast. What usually happens in situations like this one is that I push the shopping cart up and down every ...