Ingredients: 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped 3/4 cup crushed uncooked vermicelli 2 cups medium coarse bulgur 2 cups hot sodium-free beef broth (chicken or lamb broth may also be used) 1 cup low[...]

By Christine  Vartanian Datian Ingredients 1 1/2 lb. boneless pork loin, cut into medium pieces 1 large white onion, roughly sliced or diced 1 green or red bell pepper, seeded and diced 2 stalks celery and top greens, diced[...]

  Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups red lentils, rinsed and drained 3-4 cups water 1 1/2 cups fine bulgur 1 large white onion, finely diced 1 tablespoon sea or Kosher salt 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon each black pepper, red[...]

By Alice Vartanian This delicious Armenian side dish is traditionally made with phyllo (filo) dough and can take time to assemble and prepare; this is a simpler version that Alice Vartanian of Fresno has made for her family and friends for[...]

Ingredients 4 large russet potatoes, washed 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1-1/2 pounds lean ground lamb (or ground turkey) 2-3 cloves garlic, mashed 1 cup red or green salsa 1 (8 oz.) can low sodium tomato sauce 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded[...]

Ingredients 8-9 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, washed 1 cup cooked white or brown rice 1/2 head Romaine lettuce, washed and chopped (or use arugula, Bibb lettuce or any variety of mixed greens) 2 cups cooked turkey or chicken breast,[...]

By Christine Vartanian Datian Vartanian Datian layers Mediterranean flavors — seasoned ground lamb and slices of fresh eggplant — then tops the works with bread crumbs and Feta cheese and bakes it. The result is a simple, hearty dish.[...]

By Christine Vartanian Datian 3 medium cucumbers, peeled, thinly sliced 1 small red onion, finely chopped or minced 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped 2-3 scallions, finely chopped 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped 1/2[...]

By Christine Vartanian Datian Originally published in Sunset Magazine, March 2012.   Ingredients:   8 ounces angel hair pasta (or any style pasta) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 large onion, sliced or diced 2-3 garlic cloves,[...]

By Christine Vartanian Datian Ingredients 3/4 pound linguini or angel hair pasta (or favorite pasta) 2 teaspoons rice vinegar 2 cups shredded or diced skinless chicken breast 4 large cloves garlic, minced 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded[...]

Ingredients: 2 medium skinless rotisserie chicken breasts, diced 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup Greek-style vinaigrette dressing 1/4 cup each celery and cucumber, diced 1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped 1/2 teaspoon[...]