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Persian-ish Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Persian Pumpkin Spice Bread

Persian Spice Pumpkin Bread

Do you have a favorite spice or ingredient? You know – the one you try to work into everything from cookies to a marinade to cocktails? Well that’s cardamom for me. It’s like cinnamon’s pen pal from an exotic land. It brings warmth, spice and smells amazing to whatever you add it to. So when I set out to make an amped up spiced pumpkin bread, I knew some of my beloved cardamom was going right into the mix! That’s as far as the ‘Persian’-ish goes for this recipe –  the maple syrup is Canadian and the Pumpkin Pie Spice came from the Indian store. Maybe I should call this United Nations Pumpkin Bread! Continue reading this post

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Pomegranate Guacamole

Pomegranate Guacamole

Pomegranate Guacamole

Sometimes I feel like I’ve tried it all. Foams. Molecular gastronomy. A hundred beet salads. A million sliders. But then once in a (beautiful) blue moon, you try something so simple but so new to you, that it slaps you in the face and leaves you thinking ‘why haven’t I thought of this before?!’.

Pomegranate Guacamole

Pomegranate Guacamole

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Tangy Lime Roasted Almonds

Badoom Limoo Torsh – Persian Style Almonds Candied in Lime Juice

Something beautiful happened last month. A few Persian bloggers started emailing and in two shakes of a lambs tail, it turned into this amazing group of 25 of the world’s Persian food bloggers celebrating Mehregan with this cyber-feast!

So what is Mehregan? It is the Zoroastrian Festival of Autumn, celebrating friendship, affection and love by means of a large feast. Yes, our currency of love is food! This beautiful ancient Persian tradition has been obscured over the generations, so I was thrilled for not only the chance to learn about our heritage, but to celebrate and elevate it! I highly encourage you to visit all the #Mehregan2014 recipes from a collection of the nicest, most talented and fun group of Persian food bloggers out there! For the list of bloggers participating, see the end of this post.  [click to continue…]

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A New Look for Ahu Eats and a Giveaway! {Now Closed}

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You might know that Ahu Eats has been going through some changes in the last couple months and that there were more brewing… well, ladies and gents, I’m happy to reveal a new look for the site. Yes, we finally graduated to big girl pants! I’ve been working with the very talented Kate from Blue & Theory over the last couple months who did an amazing job of developing concepts and refining them based on feedback into the final product. I’m stoked, and I hope you like the designs as much as I do!

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Coincidentally, it’s also a blogiversary month – so to celebrate this double-milestone, I’m doing a double giveaway! Since this site would be nothing without YOU (yes, you!), two of you lucky readers will each win one $50 Amazon gift card to use as you desire!

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Blow it all in one go on this Le Creuset baking dish (I use this all the time), or buy 5,000 of these Oozing Eyeball Candies (err…yum?). Whatever you please!  Entering is easy – just leave a comment on this post! …But wait, there’s more! To double your chances of winning, hop over to my Facebook page and leave a comment on this post. Please like the page while you’re at it. Entries will be accepted until Sunday, October 12th, 6pm ET.

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***Fine print: Contest is open until Sunday, October 12th, 6pm ET to residents of US, Canada and the UK. Must be 18 or older and provide a valid email address to enter. Winners will be chosen at random. Value of the card will be $50 USD converted to local currency as appropriate.

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