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Roasted Balsamic Vegetable Salad

Happy Spring! Last Thursday around 10am PST Spring arrived. It is also Norouz and the Persian New Year. The family and I were busy getting the house in order (hence the origins of “spring cleaning”) as we had a big family dinner to celebrate Thursday night. Needless to say, my workouts with Mamavation were a […]

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Pomegranate Torshi by Family Spice

Pickled Eggplant and Vegetables with Pomegranate (torshi-yeh bademjan va anar)

The term “pickle” means something here in the U.S. It’s a cucumber, that has been soaking in brine or vinegar. We also have pickled cabbage, pickled okra, pickled onions, pickled tomatoes and maybe a handful other sour delights. Persians love pickling, too, especially our vegetables. And these pickled vegetables are called torshi, which translates basically […]

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Quinoa: The Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dish by Family Spice

Quinoa: The Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dish

If you haven’t noticed, I am on a quinoa-kick. I discovered this wonderful non-grain a few years back, but I didn’t really know how too cook with it or what to do with it. And so, the internet search began. It only took a few recipes for quinoa to receive my love and adoration. I’ve […]

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Roasted Summer Vegetables

If you haven’t noticed, this week I am taking a break from desserts. Not because I haven’t been making any desserts my house, but to highlight my garden vegetables. I’ve kept dinners simple this week since the kids are in a beach camp. This is their major camp for this summer and they are HAVING […]

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Munchies To Ring In The New Year

Munchies To Ring In The New Year

Well, we survived Christmas this year. I didn’t think we would, with all the house projects going on. Although we had the tree up and some decorations, it didn’t quite feel like Christmas. We had tons of rain in San Diego and hubby was busy fixing up my kitchen and never hung up any lights […]

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Persian Eggplant Stew (khoreshteh qiemeh bademjoon)

To say that I am lagging and falling behind in everything is an understatement. I remember when I was working in advertising, putting in 60 hours a week, getting calls at night or over the weekend when things went wrong and I thought I was busy. I was single. Ha! Ha! Ha! I had no […]

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Roasted Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Roasted Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

Continuing with one of my featured recipes on FoodBuzz’s Family Bites, I have this one to share with you. And it keeps the picnic theme going, (see the Mediterranean Mortadella Pitas): Roasted Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich. You are probably thinking, “Eggplant Parmesan? What’s the big deal?” Well, this sandwich is a lot healthier than the breaded-fried […]

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Eggplant with Cheese & Shrimp

Eggplant with Cheese & Shrimp

I love appetizers. When I go to a party with a heck of an appetizer spread, I go to town. In fact, I prefer appetizers to dinner. I often skip dinner because I stuffed myself with so many delicious starters. I definitely think the Spanish got it right with their Tapas spread. Just hang out […]

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Daring Cooks: Middle-Eastern Mezze

Daring Cooks: Middle-Eastern Mezze

Ah, the Winter Olympics are here and I must admit, this is the first year that I’ve been hooked to the t.v. watching it every possible night. Having never been a competitive athlete myself, let alone someone who would be considered an athlete, I must admire the Olympic athletes drive and nerves of steel. Which […]

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Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: A Winter Barbeque, Persian Style: A Night of Kabob

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: A Winter Barbeque, Persian Style: A Night of Kabob

Family dinners have different meanings for every family. I am half-Iranian, half-American and I married a man who is full Iranian, but very American. Make sense? Our family parties are not small. In most middle-eastern cultures, if you are related as little as a drop of blood, you are considered family. When your husband’s sister […]

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