Walnut Cake

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The walnut is probably my favorite of all nuts. That probably has something to do with my northern Iranian heritage. Although we eat all kinds of nuts in Iran (and the fresh almonds from the north are particularly precious), walnuts feature quite prominently in dishes such as Fesenjan, which is a walnut and pomegranate stew… 

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Friday links, vol. 10


I found this little contraption at a thrift store. It was made in France, came in the original box, and what can I say…I find this kind of object irresistible. I hope I put it to some use soon. It seems like every day there is a new food publication or website. I’m not complaining!… 

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The Sabzi Questionnaire: Jess Allen

Trattoria Mario

When I thought about creating the Sabzi Questionnaire as a regular feature, my ulterior motives were no secret. I love questionnaires, I will read just about anyone’s, and when the subjects are people I already find charming and interesting, well, there’s almost no kind of reading I find more fun. So of course I wanted… 

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Friday links, vol. 9


Happy Friday, everyone! We are breaking our Friday night pizza ritual tonight to host a couple of friends for dinner. I’m going all out Marcella for the meal: risotto with clams, fennel salad, and her walnut cake for dessert, with whipped cream. I decided to be lazy for the first course and resort to purchased… 

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Ash-e Mast (Persian Yogurt Soup with Meatballs)

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Today marks Mehregan, the Persian festival of autumn. It is one of the oldest, pre-Islamic Persian traditions and it used to be celebrated as widely as Nowrouz, the Persian New Year, which is a celebration of spring. Mehregan is associated with kindness and giving. It seems fitting to me that kindness and giving coincides with… 

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The Sabzi Questionnaire: Alexandra Stafford


Do you recognize this gorgeous photo? These crispy oven fries are from a recent recipe over on the blog Alexandra’s Kitchen. I first heard about Alexandra’s blog from my friend Annie. We were discussing/lamenting some of the newer trends we’ve seen in food writing and blogging, and Annie said she had discovered a blog –… 

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