Persian Carrot & Beef Stew (Havij Polo)

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My dad has been traveling overseas a lot and usually on his return flights back to the States, he would make his connection into San Fran for a weekend visit.  I had never officially attempted a Persian dish on my own, so I was really nervous to make this for him!   However, I knew this would be something my dad would enjoy - a home cooked meal.  After getting a few tips from my mom, I ventured to the store for the ingredients, which are all pretty standard.  The outcome:  much easier than I

Persian Raisin Cookies (Shirini Kishmishi)

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Day 19: 25 Days of Christmas, Cookie Style As most of you know, I'm half Persian.  This is my favorite Persian cookie.  I would find them on occasion at the Persian Market around Persian New Year time.  Never attempted to make them on my own.  I was looking thru other fellow bloggers pages and came across a recipe for it on  The Pomegranate Diaries.  I can't even explain to you how excited I was to see a recipe for it.  I immediately wanted to make them right away.  Verdict:  They are just

Persian Cucumber Yogurt Dip

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This is a very healthy dip that is typically served with basmati rice and meat in Persian meals.   In Persian, it's called Maast-o Khiar.  Growing up, my mom would always make this side dish to go with our Kabobs.  However, you can easily enjoy this with pita bread or crackers as well!   Persian Cucumber Yogurt Dip   Print Author: Sweet Dash of Sass Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 1 (17 oz) container of Greek Yogurt, such as Fage brand 3 small Persian Cucumbers ¾