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.

A legacy of excellence in documentary filmmaking on Armenian heritage and the Armenian Genocide of 1915. This story is contributed by Christine Vartanian Datian to The Armenian Mirror-Spectator Newspaper. Special thanks to Armenian Film[...]

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — During the COVID-19 lockdown last year, the Women’s Guild of St. John Armenian Church in Southfield, Michigan searched for ways to stay connected while staying apart.  Normally the Guild’s calendar is filled with[...]

This recipe for the traditional Persian dish of chicken in walnut and pomegranate sauce was posted by Barbara Hansen at on January 14, 2019.  The recipe appears in two of acclaimed author, culinary columnist, food[...]

FRESNO — These recipes by Mary Elia are included in a remarkable collection that features the recipes of the pioneering Armenian women who first settled in Fresno over 120 years ago: A Hundred Years and Still Cooking, from the First[...]

FRESNO — “Pork is a versatile cut of meat and easy to prepare, says Fresno’s award-winning chef Jon Koobation, a retired restaurateur and author. Jon grew up in the farming town of Dinuba, California, the eldest of four children to[...]

“Cranberry sauce is such a natural with rose water, which brings out the cran-flavor and balances the sweet-tart beautifully. Be sure to use the rose water with restraint,” says Maureen Abood about this holiday recipe posted at her[...]

“Armenian cuisine is as varied as the Near East and the areas the Armenians came from.” This is the first line of the late Rachel (Ansoorian) Hogrogian’s The Armenian Cookbook published in 1971. “There is midia dolma (stuffed[...]

VISALIA, Calif. — Every year, Chef/Owner David Vartanian and his staff prepare an extraordinary Thanksgiving Dinner at the Vintage Press Restaurant in Visalia. The Vintage Press ( is one of Central[...]

CUPERTINO — The Armenian community in Cupertino, California goes back to mid-1950s when a small social group calling themselves the Armenian Society was organized. The first monthly prayer services commenced in 1960 when Dr. Deacon[...]

Sesame Anise Cookies from Feast in the Middle East Blanche is an accomplished Arab American food blogger and author who reported on ABC’s “View from the Bay,” and has hosted the independent film show “Video I” for PBS for 10[...]

This story originally appeared in Fresno’s St. Paul Armenian Church Dajar newsletter, July/August 2021.  It is contributed by Tracy Beberian, and has been edited for this publication.  Photos and recipe are courtesy of Diane and Tami[...]