Reflections from Ararat Armenian Cemetery

Reflections from Ararat Armenian Cemetery

This piece originally appeared in The Fresno Bee on December 11, 2020. There’s something about food that is comforting in hard times. I think it has to do with memories. When my father samples Armenian foods from his childhood, his eyes light up, as if he is back in...
Hungry Kids

Hungry Kids

This piece originally appeared as a post on The Stranger in Your Kitchen, my now-retired blog, in 2016. I’ve been standing here for hours, prepping food for the busy week ahead. Cleaning greens. Cooking grains. Overnight oats. Jenny Rosentrach’s ‘Basic...
Heart(h)

Heart(h)

I wrote this in July 2019, during my Armenian home cooking apprenticeship with the Alliance for California Traditional Arts as a tribute to my mentor’s late husband, Raffi Bedrossian. Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) Apprenticeship Program It was...
Grapefruits of Wrath

Grapefruits of Wrath

This piece originally appeared in The Fresno Bee on January 31, 2020. Citrus season is here, and I’m gazing at my grapefruit tree with the usual angst. Twice a year it produces an excessive amount of fruit, rendering my yard a microcosm for the Valley – an...
Brotherhood of Man

Brotherhood of Man

This piece originally ran as a guest column in the Fresno Bee on March 7, 2021. “Practicing medicine isn’t all that hard when everyone pays attention.” We were standing outside my mom’s hospital room when her doctor spoke these words to me. Healthcare workers bustled...
Full Circle with a Bowl of Soup

Full Circle with a Bowl of Soup

A reflection on childhood meals at The Peach Tree, my Uncle Jack and Aunt Mary Shirejian’s iconic Fresno Armenian restaurant. I arrived at Zee’s home in early January, eager to begin my Alliance for California Traditional Arts apprenticeship and quickly deflated when...
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