This is Seattle’s harbor; I haven’t been to SF in years.

Morning Edition today had the story of how Rice-a-roni came about, a result fortuitous intersection of an improbable set of lives. The original recipe for vermicelli-rice came from Pailadzo Captanian, an Armenian genocide survivor who resettled in San Francisco.

I never would have guessed; I would have said it was developed in a commercial kitchen.

The link above includes the “Pilaff” recipe and has photos of the Captanian family’s recipe cards.

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