Monthly Archives: January 2009

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French onion soup


My son  was taunting me: “can you make a French onion soup as good as Panera’s (a chain of bakeries in Dallas)? as the French say mon sang n’a fait qu’un tour. I will make a French onion soup that will knock your socks off, said I. There!  I, who had French onion soup […]

By |January 28th, 2009|Salty|2 Comments
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Couscous with lamb shanks and pearl onions (Moghrabiyeh)


Some dishes are fit for royalty. This is one of them. I remember the anticipation of having moghrabyeh prepared for us by my dad’s favorite cousin in the mountains in the village of Maad; hers was the best and I still have her recipe that she passed on to my mother. Alas, the cousin […]

By |January 21st, 2009|Salty|7 Comments
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Breakfast, Lebanese-style


Mmm…This is such a lovely sight! Fresh labneh, luscious extra virgin olive oil nestled in its fold, juicy tomatoes, always a bowl of olives and of course fresh mint and some pita bread…I am in heaven! This is the traditional Lebanese breakfast that will set your day right! I tear off a piece of […]

By |January 14th, 2009|Salty|2 Comments
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Cauliflower fritters with Tarator sauce



I know what you’re thinking! Cauliflower! How dull!

Well, trust me, this dish will completely change your mind about this admittedly unexciting vegetable. In fact, you will first try one, just for kicks, then another, then you will not allow anyone to get close to the plate! You will finish the entire cauliflower in […]

By |January 12th, 2009|Salty|12 Comments
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Biscotti (chocolate and orange)




These days I feel like retiring to a deserted island somewhere, never ever watching the news and just listening to the sound of the waves nearby. So I head to the kitchen instead  and bake a batch of biscotti! ( easy fix for big and insoluble problems ). I have […]

By |January 9th, 2009|Sweets|2 Comments
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Labneh (yogurt cheese)


We were told that Marcel Proust loved his madeleines, because when he would bite into one a flood of childhood memories would overtake him and he would experience bliss…

I am willing to bet that for a large majority of Lebanese expats the feeling is similar when a plate of labneh is presented to them.


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By |January 7th, 2009|Salty|15 Comments