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