|The Kalajians in The Armenian Kitchen|
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
In the four years of The Armenian Kitchen’s existence, we have reached 300,000 readers - in 200 countries and territories - who have clicked our pages over 1 million times. That’s a lot of numbers!
When Tom Vartabedian, retired journalist, and columnist for 'The Armenian Weekly', offered to write an updated story of our accomplishments, we were honored.
Doug and I humbly thank Tom, and every one of our readers and contributors who continue to share an interest, and support our goal of preserving the recipes and stories of our ancestors.
Keep on clicking!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Now that my mother is gone, there’s no one to spread news about family and friends. My mother was the ‘grape vine’ of Armenian activities, spreading any news from east to west, and north to south.
Having lived in Paterson, NJ for much of her youth, Mom wove close ties to the Armenians-from-Paterson crowd. She kept in touch with them all, no matter where they ended up as adults.
Mom’s side of the family was particularly close with the Hachigian family – Moses, Elizabeth, and their sons Paul and Jack. The elders all came from Musa Dagh and lived near each other in Paterson. We all attended St. Leon Armenian Church in that same town.
Mom and Jack stayed in touch until her passing just a few months ago. I’m the one who called him to break the news. Jack talked about his fond memories of Mom and their parents – the good times and their times of struggle.
Jack was quite a guy – athlete, scholar, artist, and cookbook author. He mastered his mother’s recipes from Musa Dagh to create a very special cookbook, ‘Secrets from an Armenian Kitchen’ which I wrote about a few years ago.
You can imagine my shock and sadness, when I saw an obituary for Jack in the ‘The Armenian Weekly’! He passed away in San Diego, CA last month.You can read about his accomplishments in the obit, but you had to know Jack to fully appreciate the wonderful human being that he was.
In my mind, I know that Mom and Jack are together catching up on the good-old days, and that makes me smile.
Rest in Peace, Jack.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
|Fresh chickpeas at my local market|
How cool is this? In order to keep up with America’s love affair with hummus, former tobacco fields in the state of Virginia are being plowed under to make way for chickpea farming.
Having grown up around smokers, I was taught never to start the ‘nasty’ habit, therefore, I don’t smoke - never did, never will. Farewell, tobacco fields!
But, eating chickpeas … well, that’s another story. Just think of all of the chickpea recipe possibilities!
With chickpeas being so versatile and nutritious, I can’t think of a better way to recycle the land.