Monthly Archives: April 2009


I had a newfound appreciation for my Teta’s hard labor when I started wanting to make homemade lemonade. She would spend at least 45 minutes squeezing the lemon halves with her knuckles, which was the technique used then to extract the oil from the lemon rind. To make it taste very lemony and to get […]

Picnic Lebanese-style

I read Lebanese newspapers online every day, it has become a habit. Yesterday, I picked up an interesting titbit from L’Orient-le-jour. A group of intrepid hikers from different countries including the US were trekking from the northern tip of Lebanon all the way to the southern tip, a total of 440Km (about 300 miles).  Lebanon […]
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Bulgur Pilaf with chick peas and mushrooms

My son, who is 18 going on 30, announced that he was vegetarian. I said: ” no problem, Lebanese cuisine has hundreds of vegetarian dishes! ” I immediately thought of burghul be-dfeen. Instead of lamb shanks, I will use mushrooms! Amazingly simple and hearty and delicious. He loved it. All you need is the right […]

Meat pies (Sfeeha)

One time, my grandmother Teta Nabiha came to visit us in France. She marvelled at the flowers growing by the side of the streets and how clean everything was. She went into the kitchen and in no time at all fixed some sfeeha for us. I watched her stretch the little balls of dough with […]

Chicken in bread with onions and sumac مسخن

I was driving around Dallas and stumbled on a tiny bakery with the name Phoenicia Bakery. I immediately got out of the car to investigate and met a sweet lady inside who told me she was from West Bekaa, in Lebanon; she and her husband are making traditional Lebanese bread like this markook that is […]