A Tehran native who spent part of her childhood in Canada, Naz Deravian balances blogging with roles on shows like Homeland and Criminal Minds. Her recipes fuse the ancient flavors or Iran with local ingredients. Deravian and her husband, Drew Wicks, bring together friends at their Los Angeles home for Yalda, a Persian celebration of the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. Take a look into the recipes that bring the celebration to life.
Deravian always serves this cooling, delicate yogurt with barberry rice. If you like, add raisins, chopped walnuts, dill, minced garlic or green onions, or chopped chives.