Entries by Shushan Darzian

FANS With A Cause

When a great group of friends come together for conversation and coffee, amazing things can happen! That’s exactly how our charity group, FANS, was born.  We were greatly inspired by the 2018 documentary, Motherland, directed by Emily Mkrtichian, Jesse Soursourian. This powerful documentary is about two women who go against traditional values to bring about […]

Recipe: Shrimp Alfredo Fettuccine

Dining in for Valentine’s Day? Try this creamy and delicious Shrimp Alfredo Fettuccine with just the right touch of romance! Ingredients: 1.5 lbs. shrimp (20-25 count) 3 cloves garlic 1 chopped onion 1 stick butter- 1/4 to sautéed onions-1/4 before flour-1/2 add to the sauce at the end 1 tablespoon flour 2 cups heavy cream […]

Recipe: Ikra

A wonderful and simple vegan dip with grilled eggplant and bell peppers!   Ingredients 2 eggplant 2 bell peppers 1 onion 1 or 2 cloves of garlic 1/2 cup cilantro optional 1/2 cup parsley optional 1 tbsp. pepper paste 1 tbsp. tomato paste 1/2 cup olive oil pine nuts for garnish salt black pepper Directions […]

Recipe: Oven-Baked Beef Kebab with Eggplant

  Enjoy this personal twist on a traditional family dish that’s fun to assemble and easy to bake! They’ll come out moist and flavorful every time! Ingredients     Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel the eggplant (I prefer Japanese eggplants) in just three sections (don’t need to peel the entire skin) Cut the […]

Tips on Hosting a Dinner Party

Hosting an event and catering and event both have similar responsibilities—-however, the essential difference for a host to keep in mind is entertaining both our guests as well as ourselves. Being a part of the event is just as important as planning it and sometimes it’s easy to exclude ourselves from the fun because we’re […]

Recipe: Fourth of July Caprese Salad

A fun twist to a classic Italian salad. Supplies star shaped cookie cut out set (You can find it at Michael’s or Amazon) Ingredients 3 cups of cherry tomatoes 2 cucumbers 4 tbs extra virgin olive oil 4 to 5 blue basil stems 1/2 block Karoun Nabulsi Cheese   Directions Start by slicing the tomatoes […]

Recipe: Watermelon Salad

Try this easy, refreshing and fun salad. A perfect activity to do with your kids!   Supplies star shaped cookie cut out set (You can find it at Michael’s or Amazon)   Ingredients 1 small watermelon 2 ounces of feta cheese 1/2 cup of blueberries 4 to 5 stems of mint 1/2 lemon juice 1 […]

Recipe: Ejjeh and Kookoo

Ejjeh and Kookoo different dishes, though they have some similarities. Both are traditional and delicious, the perfect addition to your Easter feast! Visit my Youtube channel to watch the tutorial video, or click here! Ejjeh—A Traditional Middle Eastern dish.   Materials: Takoyaki Pan (nonstick) Grater Large mixing bowl Ice cream scooper (optional) Chopsticks (optional)   […]

Recipe: Natural Easter Eggs

Try this creative, all-natural way of decorating Easter eggs! Materials: Large Pot Nude nylon   Ingredients: White room-temperature eggs Room-temperature water White distilled vinegar (one tablespoon per egg) Cooking oil (any) Herbs (cilantro, parsley dill) Onion skin (one onion per egg)   Directions: Choose an herb and pick the leaves with the shapes of your […]

Down In New Orleans

New Orleans—the city of vibrant music, spicy cuisine, and people celebrating life! My recent trip to The Big Easy was a wonderful experience that brought together great friends, great music, and great food. We stayed at the Ritz Carlton in the heart of the French Quarter, where we were met with authentic New Orleans gumbo. […]