Monthly Archives: January 2010

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Holy Bread (Qurban)

This sweet (holy)  bread is just good! According to Chef Ramzi, in The Culinary Heritage of Lebanon, this recipe is at least 100  years old; how about dating  back to the  Byzantine period?
In the town of Deir el Qamar in the Shouf where  our family originates,we  would buy this sweet bread at the store; […]

By |January 31st, 2010|Sweets|66 Comments
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Giveaway result


I think it was the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet) who emphasized that one’s children are their own people and will fly out of the nest like birds do, or something to that effect; I don’t know why but this thought of his stuck with me !  He was right, OF COURSE, and […]

By |January 31st, 2010|Others|6 Comments
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Tangerine Sorbet


My parents used to entertain frequently at home while I was growing up in Beirut; my mother would often serve this dessert  when tangerines were in season; she would carve the flesh out of the fruit, make a sorbet  and  fill the fruit with it.

Yesterday,  I stopped by the Vietnamese market on my […]

By |January 29th, 2010|Sweets|24 Comments
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Radish greens salad with dried cranberries and chick peas


Please, please, please, dear reader, next time you grab a bunch of radishes with healthy, vibrant-looking greens, give this salad a try! Or any salad! These greens are good for you and taste great!

Just make sure to dunk them a few times in cold water to clean them out thoroughly. This salad has a […]

By |January 28th, 2010|Salads|14 Comments
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Two-flavored sandwiches for Happy Hour

Did you know that a Lebanese man invented the iPOD? The Swatch? Conquered the Seven Summits?


These are sandwiches for a cocktail or happy hour. I have two different fillings to propose. One is simply mixing some blue cheese with labneh and the other is a tapénade, or a black olive paste with tuna. These […]

By |January 27th, 2010|Salty|22 Comments
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Kibbeh with citrus sauce (Kibbeh Arnabieh)

If you ask a traditional, die-hard Beiruti, one whose family has  been residing for generations in West Beirut (called Ras Beirut, the oldest and original part of the  city), what  their favorite dish is,kibbeh  arnabieh would be in the top three.

This dish is one of the great classics of Lebanese cuisine. It is usually […]

By |January 25th, 2010|Others, Salty|32 Comments
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Cheese Cigars with beet greens (R’kakat bel-jebneh)


A quick version of a delicious but  time-consuming  recipe. I found these pre-cut sheets of a very thin, phyllo-like bread in the freezer section at the middle-easern store and grabbed them. They are imported from Turkey and evidently used in Turkish cuisine. In our cuisine, we have a pastry that is similar to phyllo, […]

By |January 24th, 2010|Salty|24 Comments
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Ginger Tea (Chai Zanjabeel)


A delicious tea made with simply a piece of ginger. I have been drinking gallons of it this week to help me with a cold. Ginger is supposed to help with nausea and a host of other problems.

It is so easy to make a pot of ginger tea. Peel and cut in small pieces […]

By |January 23rd, 2010|Drinks|15 Comments
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Beet and Orange salad (Salatat Shmandar wBurtukal)

I  was watching Chef Elie on Soufra Daymeh, the daily cooking segment on LBC; he made a similar salad.  Beets are so healthy to eat, since they almost cure you of all major diseases (anemia, cancer and the like); I vote to have all American public schools ban tater tots from their cafeterias and […]

By |January 22nd, 2010|Salads|18 Comments
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Red lentil Kibbeh


This recipe is adapted  from Chef Ramzi’s The Culinary Heritage of Lebanon; it comes from the district of Bint Jbeil in South The  area was subjected to so many bombing operations over a span of so many decades that I find it amazing that it managed to survive and boast a remarkable cuisine […]

By |January 21st, 2010|Salty|24 Comments