articles by:
Robyn & Doug Kalajian

Armenian Pasta: Surum

by | August 2nd, 2012 | 7 comments

In this day and age, one doesn’t normally think of pasta in terms of Armenian cookery — maybe that should change.

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The Beauty of Cardamom

by | January 5th, 2012 | 0 comments

What a curious thing they were, these tiny paper-puff bundles that my father kept in the cupboard next to the long-handled pot that he used to make Armenian coffee. Dad always placed one cardamom pod [...]

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Lahmajoun: The Carefully Crafted Centerpiece

by | October 27th, 2011 | 1 comments

How is it that all across America, you find all sorts of fast-food and drive-through restaurants — but none of them serve lahmajoun? Instead of Pizza Hut, why can’t a hungry traveler cruise up to [...]

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Paklava and Boorma: Same Ingredients; Different Results

by | April 25th, 2011 | 1 comments

Armenians aren’t known for elaborate desserts. We do have something of a cultural sweet tooth, but fancy treats aren’t featured items on the traditional, rustic Armenian menu. Most Armenians of old favored simple sweets such as [...]

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For the Armenian Love of Bread

by | March 1st, 2011 | 4 comments

This is how rich America is: doctors routinely tell patients who need to lose a few pounds to quit eating bread — and some of us actually try to follow this advice. Only very rich [...]

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Chickpeas, an Armenian Staple

by | November 18th, 2010 | 1 comments

Is there a more nearly perfect food than the chickpea? (No fair if you answered “ice cream.” That’s just too easy!) Really, it’s hard to think of anything so nutritious that can be prepared in [...]

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The Apricot

by | September 17th, 2010 | 2 comments

Who else is lucky enough to have two national fruits? The pomegranate may be hogging the spotlight these days with all the talk about its near-mystic health qualities, but Armenians adore apricots and place them at the center of both cuisine and culture. It’s not by accident that Yerevan’s international film festival is called Golden Apricot.

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