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Reyna Simnegar, the author of Persian Food from the Non-Persian Bride, was born and raised in Venezuela. Her family history dates back to the Spanish Inquisition when her family fled from Spain and ultimately arrived in Venezuela. Reyna moved to the United States in 1995 to pursue higher education. She now lives with her wonderful husband and vivacious five boys in Boston, MA
Braiding and Baking
Challah Baking, Part 2
After the dough has fully risen, we punch the dough down and prepare it for braiding. Different styles of braiding are shown.
Making the Dough
Challah Baking, Part 1
How to make your own perfect challah dough from scratch. We then knead the dough, separate the “consecrated portion,” and leave the dough to rise.
The Jews of Iran have an incredibly long history that begins over 2,400 years ago and continues through today . . .
Bastani
This is my husband’s favorite ice cream! When I learned how to make it he could not have enough! You can make it pareve to be served after a meat meal if you use pareve vanilla ice cream. Also, it is delicious made with dairy ice cream…your choice! The wh...
This salad is very easy and quick to prepare. I love canned chick peas because they come in very handy to dress up any salad or to serve on their own. Chick peas are also very healthful; they are a great source of dietary fiber and protein. No wonder huma...
Chelo
Many people become extremely intimidated when it comes to making Persian rice. You have to trust me when I tell you it is really not a big deal (just don’t tell anyone Persian I said that!). All you need to do is to imagine that instead of making rice, yo...
Gime ba Gorje Farangi
This is my husband’s favorite stew! Of course you know that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So, I was very determined to learn this stew and make my way to his heart (so I could get him to buy me a really nice bracelet I fell in love with...
All of my guests and friends, Persian or not, simply love this fish. I also love it because it is so easy to make! My mouth is watering as I am cooking this recipe! It freezes well, too, but make sure to undercook it before freezing, since it can overcook...
Kosher Persian Food
Shirazi Salad
This Persian variation on Israeli salad is a healthy and delicious addition to any meal.
Kosher Persian Food
Chelo - Persian Rice
No need to be intimidated to prepare this classic Persian dish, steamed white rice with tadig (caramelized potato).
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