Armenian Shish Kebab 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

When our parents would make Shish Kebab, they often would use cherry tomatoes.They also used metal skewers, like the kind you can see in the photo.

In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

shish kebab

Ingredients

2 lbs boneless leg of lamb

12 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3 large garlic, peeled and crushed

1 teaspoon dry white wine

1 small bay leaf

18 teaspoon salt

18 teaspoon dried oregano

18 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves

18 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 large onions, peeled and cut into 8 wedges each

2 large green bell peppers, cut into 8 pieces each

12 medium mushrooms, stemmed and wiped clean

2 large tomatoes, stems removed & cut into 8 wedges

Directions

Place lamb in a large container with a cover.

In a medium bowl mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, wine, bay leaf, salt, pepper, oregano, and rosemary.

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Maamoul Cookies 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

Lydia would always listen to KCRW when she lived in the UCLA neighborhood and KCLU where she had gotten her MBA. This recipe is from a story on NPR, but mom makes this for us–it’s a very involved recipe and can be filled with nuts or dates. YUM! You should look at the links after the recipe. In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

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Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram fine semolina
  • 300 grams butter, softened or ghee melted
  •  1/2 cup vegetable oil
  •  1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon mastic ground with 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mahlab
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup orange blossom water (can be replaced with water or milk)
  • 1/2 cup of rosewater(can be replaced with water or milk)

Instructions

Making the crust

In a bowl place the semolina and add the butter/ghee and oil to it

Rub the butter and oil into the semolina until they are completely absorbed by it. The semolina will resemble wet sand.
See the rest of the directions at https://chefindisguise.com/2013/08/07/semolina-maamoul-stuffed-cookies-with-dates-and-nuts/

For more information about this, look at NPR https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/11/522771745/maamoul-an-ancient-cookie-that-ushers-in-easter-and-eid-in-the-middle-east

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September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

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Kelly’s latest: ‘Rescue’ made it on the Roots Music Report Charts in 2018.
#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

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Rice Pilaf 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

We eat a lot of this as a side dish in our family. This recipe is from “Mad Hungry” by Lucinda Scala Quinn. In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

rice pilaf

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup dried vermicelli noodles, broken into roughly 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

Directions

  1. 1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of the butter, and as soon as the butter melts, add the onion. Cook, stirring constantly, until the onion is translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the noodles, lower the heat to medium, and cook, stirring constantly, until the noodles are golden brown and the mixture gives off a nutty aroma, 5 to 8 minutes.

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September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

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Kelly’s latest: ‘Rescue’ made it on the Roots Music Report Charts in 2018.
#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

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Grilled Salmon 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

Salmon is good for the brain, but didn’t necessarily stop Lydia’s FTD. Get fresh caught fish, not farmed because you don’t want to know what is in farmed fish food. the  In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

salmon with honey mustard bobby flay

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, drained
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pound fillet salmon, skin on
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 bunch watercress, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons aged sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Whisk together the mustards, honey, horseradish, mint and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a small bowl.

See the rest of the directions from Bobby Flay, another one of Lydia’s favorites on the Food Network at https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/grilled-salmon-fillet-with-honey-mustard-sauce-recipe-1949854

 

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September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

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Kelly’s latest: ‘Rescue’ made it on the Roots Music Report Charts in 2018.
#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

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Lahmacun 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

This is an Armenian pizza with an Arabic name. No matter what, everyone who has eaten these “Armenian Pizzas” has thought they were delicious. In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

lahmacun

Lahmacun

Ingredients

1 tsp. sugar
1 (14-oz.) package active dry yeast
2 cups flour, plus more
1 12 tsp. Kosher salt, plus more
14 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. minced flat-leaf parsley
12 tsp. cayenne pepper
14 tsp. ground cumin
14 tsp. sweet paprika
18 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 oz. ground lamb
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 plum tomato, grated
1 small onion, grated
12 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced

Instructions

Combine sugar, yeast, and 34 cup water heated to 115˚ in a small bowl; let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Combine flour and salt in a bowl and make a well in the center. Add yeast mixture and stir to form a dough. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth, about 6 minutes. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Punch down dough, divide into 4 portions, and roll each portion into a ball. Transfer dough balls to a floured baking sheet. Cover with a damp tea towel and let rest for 45 minutes.

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Grapes & Hops in Downtown Ventura at 454 E. Main Street, plus music by Kelly’s Lot and Friends

September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

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Acoustic music from Kelly’s Lot and Friends.
Kelly’s latest: ‘Rescue’ made it on the Roots Music Report Charts in 2018.
#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

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or on the right side bar of this site.

 

Banana Bread 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

Lydia loves bananas, but due to the FTD, she has lost the ability to properly peel and eat a banana. We would have added walnuts to this, too.

In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

banana bread no walnuts

Banana Bread

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Remove odd pots and pans from oven. (LOL! I posted this recipe because of this!)
  2. Preheat oven to 350º / 180º.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and crushed bananas.
  5. Combine well.
We would have added walnuts to this, too. Lydia loves bananas, but due to the FTD, she has lost the ability to properly peel a banana. See the rest of the directions at https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/best-banana-bread-2886

Join us for a gourmet food and wine event at

Grapes & Hops in Downtown Ventura at 454 E. Main Street, plus music by Kelly’s Lot and Friends

September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Tickets are $50/person to have a gourmet food buffet and a glass of
white, red, or sparkling wine from the award-winning Grapes & Hops.

Acoustic music from Kelly’s Lot and Friends.
Kelly’s latest: ‘Rescue’ made it on the Roots Music Report Charts in 2018.
#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

Tickets available for purchase on https://lydiasftdhouse.com/events/
or on the right side bar of this site.

Thank you to our generous supporters for donating to AFTD.