The paklava recipe is included. So is a recipe for kadayfi with cream, another favorite Armenian dessert, and Manti, a canoe shaped dumpling filled with meat. Foley said all of the recipes are easy to follow, and the book is filled with recipes for every occasion in eight tabbed sections.
“This is not your standard cookbook,” said Foley, who believes it could be a unique gift for those looking to experiment with new foods. “This is a book with loads of different recipes to try.”
The book also includes a history of the church, helpful cooking tips and a directory of Armenian cooking terms.
Foley said the guild is looking to raise the money for needed church repairs. They are also looking to upgrade the church kitchen, which has become just as important a meeting place for the community.
“Our congregation is small, so these things are important to us,” said Foley. “We host pot luck dinners there and invite members of the community.”
The Rev. Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian also visits local colleges and schools to find exchange students or those of Armenian descent to invite them to participate in church events while they’re away. Foley said it helps with homesickness and is an added bonus for their parish.
“All of this helps keep our culture and heritage alive,” she said.
Foley said it’s an honor for the Women’s Guild to share their family recipes with the greater community.
“The Capital Region is very supportive of our bazaar and festival in June,” she said. “It’s a privilege to share our culture with so many people who have openly embraced it.”
To purchase the cookbook, call St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church at 274-3673 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The book costs $20 with a $5 shipping fee.