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Sep. 10, 2012 4:48 pm 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2014 7:44 pm
Why "together"? Because this is a cooking blog, and the best kind of cooking can be when we create something together; with our collective food, culture and the stories that come out of both. In my growing up years, teen years and even my adult-hoooood (still working on that), there was… MORE
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Sunny Nature

Home Town
La Grande, Oregon, USA
Living In
Dallas, Texas, USA

Member Since
May 2009

Cooking Level
Not Rated

Cooking Interests
Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

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About Me
I'm American; married to a Persian guy and a Persian Community. Lived 25 years in the San Francisco Bay Area; 9 years in Los Angeles before that. Love Asian food, esply Thai and Vietnamese. But I raised my kids on Persian food, some American, and Mexican recipes from local folks. I suppose I was raised in a more mid-western type home, although my parents are both from the West Coast (Oregon & Washington). Will soon be moving to Dallas, Texas; will spend time regularly in Austin also. Have moved to Texas so will widen-out my cuisine experiences once again. Am on my way to travel to the country of Georgia. Never been there; can't wait.
My favorite things to cook
Persain dishes, gluten-free baking of every kind, gluten-free pastas & GF entrees, GF breakfasts, holiday meals, desserts from various nations, pickling, & I like cooking with unusual vegetables (well, unusual for today, altho' it may not have been so a few decades ago), like beets. Am attempting to learn more about outdoor cooking, one of my late father's favorite activities.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Separating the soup stock from the ingredients in the Persian recipe for Abe-Goosht, then smashing all the tender lamb, carrots, potatoes, dried lemon, onion, garlic etc. (& sometimes, eggplant) in a separate bowl on a cold winter day. Esply when unexpected friends show up & we sneak some extra water into the soup. Also adore the holiday season running from Thxgvg to Christmas! Especially when shared with children, old folks and family.
My cooking triumphs
The delicacy of Persian dishes with long grain Basmati rice! Also, just mastering various Khoreshes, and the slow-cooker version of various Persian stews (Abe-Goosht). But my new victory is Gluten-Free adaptations of bakery items such as famous cake recipes (Red Velvet Cake, Carrot Cakes of several kinds, & Hummingbird Cake, to name a few). Also, Gluten-Free adaptations of breaded, oven-fried recipes like beer-battered Fish and Cruchy Pretzel Chicken Tenders. Yummy.
My cooking tragedies
Definitely burning up a favorite pot....:~((
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