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Hye Thyme Cafe
New Hartford, United States http://hyethymecafe.blogspot.com/
A little bit of everything food related, with a slant toward my Armenian heritage. If the kitchen is the heart of the home, and I march to the beat of my own drum, then our house has a funky...

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Imrig Paklava (Sweet Semolina Cake with Pecans)

I used to love Cream of Wheat (farina) for breakfast growing up, but of course, that included sprinkling lots of sugar over the top. Having outgrown the sugary breakfast phase, I tend not to reach for the farina unless I'm baking a tray of Spanakopita, since there is a little in the filling. That said, the rest usually sits in the pantry and ends up going to waste. I have made a few bread recipes with farina over the years, but I wanted to try...

Posted on Hye Thyme Cafe on 2017-04-19 16:41:14
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Rice Kufte (Meat-Filled Rice Balls)

These can be frustrating to get started. Because the rice is sticky, you need a little bowl of water to dip your fingers in. Too much water and the rice won't stick together - too little, and it won't let go of your hand. Don't give up! You'll get the hang of it after the first few. No wonder they use bamboo mats to roll sushi! ?INGREDIENTS :1/2 lb ground beef or lamb1 stick butter1 small onion, finely diced (or lg shallot)Salt & Pepper1 t...

Posted on Hye Thyme Cafe on 2017-04-13 14:21:07
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Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Dipper

These meatballs are super tender, and although I could only find Australian ground lamb, the yogurt cut that typical gamey taste. Serve up a few with mini pita rounds or wedges and cucumber slices to get some extra mileage out of your yogurt dipper. Or serve with Pilaf and a salad.  INGREDIENTS : Plain yogurt (1c +)2 cloves garlic1 egg1/2 small onion1 handful parsley1 pkg mint leaves1/2 t each Salt & Pepper1/4 t crushed red...

Posted on Hye Thyme Cafe on 2017-04-11 14:51:19
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Blor (Armenian Grain Soup)

I was browsing through my Treasured Armenian Recipes cookbook for inspiration, and this recipe caught my eye, but it really didn't make sense to me as written. I tried Googling it but only found a few hits, each of which was the exact same recipe. There was one other hit that was not a recipe but referenced the soup, noting that they had included lemon juice in theirs, which is always a good idea - a little acid to wake things up - and they...

Posted on Hye Thyme Cafe on 2017-04-06 13:21:28
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Coconut, Almond, and Cranberry Granola

I have always loved granola, whether it's the big clusters you munch on for a snack or eat like a bowl of cereal, or the loose kind you sprinkle on your yogurt. For some reason, I haven't been happy with the versions I've been getting lately - one was just eh, and another was so bad, I actually threw it away. How bad can toasted oats be that you need to throw them away?!? I decided to make my own - it's cheaper that way anyhow. I do actually...

Posted on Hye Thyme Cafe on 2017-03-28 17:31:36
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Honeybell Orange Sponge Cake

While still trying to make my way through a box of Honeybells sent to me by my office, a vision of my sister's Lemon Sponge Cake suddenly danced in my head, so I decided to translate my own version using the Honeybells, which are a cross between a tangerine and a grapefruit. I had a hard time not scarfing the whole cake down in one day!INGREDIENTS :6 eggs, separated1 1/2 c sugar2/3 c Honeybell juice2-3 T Honeybell zest  (I say zest 1 and if...

Posted on Hye Thyme Cafe on 2017-03-15 17:30:44
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Vegetable Soup with Great Northern Beans

A lot of times, if I'm making vegetable soup, I'll throw in a can of Great Northern Beans to add some protein to the mix. Vegetable soup is really kind of a no-brainer, so this is more of an idea inspiration than for actual recipe value. I'll usually start with the basics - garlic, onion, celery, and carrot. After that, it's all about what mood I'm in or what's lurking at the back of the crisper drawer. Soup is a great way of using up all those...

Posted on Hye Thyme Cafe on 2017-03-05 18:51:11
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Honeybell Orange Panna Cotta

I recently received a box of Honeybell Oranges from my office and wasn't sure what to do with them. Last year, when I first received a box, I wasn't a big fan. They were extremely seedy, with tough membranes, were drippy/messy juicy, and weren't all that flavorful. Must be a weather thing since this year's are much nicer! Still super juicy and somewhat seedy, but the membranes aren't as tough, and they are very flavorful. The problem is that...

Posted on Hye Thyme Cafe on 2017-02-26 14:31:21
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Pesto Chicken Cavatappi with Pickled Peppadews

Ever have an idea in mind that, when you go to execute it, turns into something else? That's what happened with this. My problem is that it was so well received, if I get a chance to make it the way I had envisioned, I'll probably hear "Why did you change it? We liked it the way it was." Sigh...Everyone was running around doing whatever yesterday, and it occurred to me that nobody had ever mentioned dinner - who would be cooking, what we were...

Posted on Hye Thyme Cafe on 2017-02-07 01:11:00
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Spinach-Artichoke Cheese Bouregs (Phyllo Triangles)

I love the combination of spinach and artichoke. I'm surprised it didn't occur to me to do this sooner. One of my favorite appetizers is a hot spinach and artichoke dip with nice, thin, crispy tortilla chips. This is sort of a portable, self-contained spinach dip.If making phyllo triangles is new to you - cheese bouregs, spanikopita, etc., you can refer to my original post here for pictures.INGREDIENTS :16 oz Muenster cheese, shredded or grated8...

Posted on Hye Thyme Cafe on 2017-02-02 15:32:00

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