From Christine Vartanian Datian

Christine Vartanian Datian

Christine Datian, a Fresno native, is a copywriter and technical writer who has been published in Sunset and Cooking Light Magazines for over a decade. Christine is a graduate of California State University, Fresno (CSUF) with a Master of Arts Degree in Mass Communications. She attributes her accomplishments and interests in writing and creating new recipes to her mother Alice, and her late grandmother, Mrs. Peppy Sarkisian, a native of Adana, Turkey.

Ingredients: 3 cups large white navy beans 1 cup fresh tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1/2 cup diced celery 1/2 cup diced carrots 1/2 cup diced red or white onion 1/2 cup sliced or diced green or red bell pepper 2 medium cloves garlic, minced[...]

Ingredients: 2 pounds lamb shoulder, cut for stew 3 medium eggplants (peeled or unpeeled), cut into medium pieces 2 medium tomatoes, sliced or diced 2 medium onions, chopped 2 cups low-sodium tomato sauce 1 each medium green and red bell[...]

Ingredients: 4 pocket-less pitas, any variety 1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained, rinsed, and cooked 1 small white onion, minced 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped 1/2 each medium green and red bell pepper,[...]

Ingredients: 1 pound fresh string beans, washed, trimmed, cooked, and drained 2 medium potatoes, peeled, boiled and sliced in chunks 1 small can artichoke hearts, cut in quarters 2 small zucchini, cut into strips 2 cups garbanzo[...]

2 medium red onions, sliced thinly 1 small head flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped 1 large green or red bell pepper, seeded and chopped or 1 large roasted green or red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 2[...]

Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds small baby okra, washed and trimmed 1 pound lamb shoulder meat, trimmed of fat and cut into 1 and 1/2 inch cubes 2 medium tomatoes, chopped or 1-16 oz. canned crushed tomatoes 2 medium yellow or white onions,[...]

Kufta: 1 pound ground lamb 1/2 pound ground beef 1 medium onion, finely chopped or minced 1 cup bread crumbs 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup parsley, minced 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup walnuts or pine nuts, chopped 2 large egg yolks 1 teaspoon[...]

Ingredients: 7 or 8  large baking potatoes, boiled, peeled, and diced 1 cup minced flat-leaf parsley, chopped finely 1 cup white onions, chopped finely 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped 3 or 4 green onions, chopped finely 2[...]

Ingredients: 3/4 cup medium bulgur 1 large tomato, seeded and diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups canned or cooked garbanzo beans, drained 1 cup canned or cooked green beans, drained 1 medium red or white onion, chopped 1 medium green or[...]

Ingredients: 6 cups flour, sifted 1 pound unsalted butter, melted 1 cup sugar 1 cup warm milk 2 large eggs, beaten 3 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 beaten egg plus two tablespoon water for egg wash Sesame[...]

Ingredients: 2 large zucchini, sliced (any variety of summer squash may be substituted) 2 medium eggplant, sliced (peeled or unpeeled) 1 each medium green and red bell pepper, seeded and sliced 1 large onion, thinly sliced 3-4 cloves[...]