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Learn to cook a Persian spring celebration feast

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Nowruz, Persian for "new day," is the traditional Persian New Year. It is celebrated by Iranian peoples and marks the beginning of spring.

The celebration's roots are ancient, thought to have been established approximately 555 to 330 BC. According to Zoroastrian texts, Jamshid, a mythical Persian King, saved mankind from a killer winter.

You don't have to be in ancient Persia to participate in the feast of Nowruz. From 6 to 8 p.m. March 21 Hassan Ebrahimi-Nuyken will teach a cooking class dedicated to the New Year.

Learn how to make Chelo ba Khoreshe Fesenjan, chicken with pomegranate-walnut sauce over traditional Iranian Basmati rice as well as appetizers including Mast o Khiar, also known as Tzatziki, yogurt with cucumber and dill, and Sabzi, greens with goat cheese and flat bread.

As a boy, Ebrahimi-Nuyken learned to cook from the women in his father's large, extended family in Iran.

To register for this class or learn more about BriarPatch Co-ops cooking classes, go to http://www.briarpatch.coop or call 530-272-5333.

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