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Monday, 15 December 2014

Another Hidden story about an Armenian Woman.

Hidden Kitchens by: The Kitchen Sisters
The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning, NPR series, Hidden Kitchens, and two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project

Hidden Kitchens, explores the world of secret, unexpected, below-the-radar cooking across America—how communities come together through food. The series inspired Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year that was also nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Writing on Food. The Hidden Kitchens audio book, narrated by Academy Award winner, Frances McDormand, received a 2006 Audie Award.

The Kitchen sisters on July 31, 2008 posted an entry about the birth of Rice-A-Roni which is known as "The San Francisco treat." But there is another story behind it which links it to an Armenian woman

Rice-A-Roni advertised as the "The San Francisco Treat” on the city’s iconic cable car.
The story begins when the Kitchen Sisters followed Lois, a philanthropist and widow of Tom DeDomenico, one of the founders of Golden Grain Macaroni Co., to her home in Oakland, Calif., to chronicle this hidden kitchen.
Lois had long ago lost touch with Pailadzo Captanian, the woman who in the 1940s had taught her to make Armenian rice pilaf — the recipe that would inspire her husband's family to create a side dish that gave Kraft Macaroni & Cheese a run for its money in the 1950s, when rice was rarely found on the American dinner table.
Enjoy the story: click on the link

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