Sometimes a party needs music. However, a party always needs food. And this food is sure to get the party started.   Lamb Kebab 2 pounds ground lamb (substitute use[...]

1 1/2 pounds ground lamb 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, mashed 2 Japanese eggplants, sliced 1/2-inch thick 2 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 1/2-inch thick 1 large red bell pepper and green bell[...]

By Christine Vartanian Datian Hot and healthy is the way to go with these Middle Eastern by way of Mexico pizzas.     4 – 8” or 9″ large whole[...]

By Christine Vartanian Datian A refreshing summer salad that doubles as a meal is not complicated but tastes as if it is.   Ingredients: 4-5 large Japanese eggplants 1 medium green[...]

Ingredients 1 large eggplant or 2-3 Japanese eggplant, sliced in ½-inch pieces or chunks 6-7 cups romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, radicchio, escarole, endive, kale and/or spinach (or any choice[...]

Armenian Russian Potato Salad (Olivier)   Serves 4.   4 large Russet or Idaho potatoes, boiled, drained, peeled, and finely diced 4 large eggs, boiled, finely chopped 4 carrots, boiled,[...]

FRESNO — Alice Vartanian, a resident of Fresno and a native of Lowell, Mass., was featured in the Fresno Bee’s Central Valley Magazine in December 2014. Her family’s favorite classic[...]

  By Christine Datian Ingredients: 8 cups low-sodium chicken or beef broth 2 cups water 2 medium carrots, diced 2 stalks celery (and top greens), diced 2 medium zucchini, peeled,[...]

FRESNO — Family recipes from Christine Vartanian Datian of Las Vegas and her mother, Alice Vartanian, of Fresno are featured in the current Fresno Bee November 2014 Flavors Magazine. Datian, a Fresno native, is[...]

  What is Thanksgiving without pilaf? From her Armenian mother Alice Vartanian of Fresno, and grandmother, Pepay Sarkisian from Lowell, Mass. and Los Angeles, Christine Vartanian Datian learned how to[...]

By Christine Vartanian Datian Inspired by friends who adore Mexican flavors, Christine Vartanian Datian decided to reinvent traditional Middle Eastern tabbouleh with Southwestern spices. After substituting cilantro for parsley and[...]