Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Armenian Kitchen has a new home!

In case you’re wondering why my posts have been infrequent lately, it’s because Doug and I have recently relocated.

After 40 years in South Florida, we decided it was time to ‘spice’ things up in our lives. Don’t get me wrong, we had a wonderful life in FL. We left mainly due to the three ‘H’s’ – heat, humidity, and … hurricanes – plus we wanted to be a bit closer to our family in the northeast, without actually being in the northeast.

We struck a happy medium moving to South Carolina, just across the border from Charlotte, North Carolina where there is an Armenian community and St. Sarkis Armenian Church.

Our time has been spent setting up our home, and exploring the area. We are pleased to report that there are several Middle Eastern stores in the area, so shopping for our necessary ingredients is easy.

I’ve been having fun cooking on our gas stove, something I haven’t done since 1986. For Easter I made Doug’s mother’s recipe for Lavash, and last week I made a dozen Lahmajoun from scratch. The gas oven is a joy to use!
Sylvia Kalajian taught me how to make her lavash recipe over 40 years ago. I still make it today.
Homemade lahmajoun topped with parsley, onion and fresh lemon

To my surprise –and- delight, I found that our local grocer carries American lamb, so when we invited our new friends, Karen and Charlie Guzelian to dinner, I served Fassoulia with Lamb, rice pilaf, salad – and mini paklava for dessert! Charlie paid me the sweetest compliment when he said my cooking was as good as his mother's. 

Our new friends and neighbors, Karen and Charlie Guzelian

Fassoulia with Lamb and Rice Pilaf
Mini Paklava

It’s great to be home!


  1. Best wishes in your new home! I always look forward to your delicious looking pictures and tasty recipes.

  2. Vanessa J RinaldoApril 15, 2018 at 7:59 PM

    Welcome to the Carolinas!!! We're in Greenville SC!!! Had no idea there was an Armenian church within 500 miles of here!!

  3. Parov vaylek! We will be as eager as ever to read your dispatches from the Carolinas.

  4. Robyn, a few years ago u found me a recipe for spinage, basterma, bulgar etc. I’m in Fl for the season and can’t find the recipe 😢
    Do u still have it?

  5. Robyn, My mother who passed away several years ago made one of my favorite dishes called Chorba. Never asked for her recipe, and cannot find one. Do you have a recipe? Thank You, Robert

    1. Hi Robert, are you referring to a type of soup with lamb? If so, here's a link to one from the New York Times:
      If not, please provide me with some information about the dish that you mean and I'll try to find a suitable recipe. Thanks! Robyn