Monthly Archives: February 2010

Stuffed Cabbage (Mehshi Malfoof)

I have a  love/hate relationship with  cabbage.  I hate the smell of cabbage when it is cooking in water. Hate it so much that I want to grab it and toss it out the window. Its smell makes me think of Zola or Dickens,  people living in hovels, eating cabbage and water.  However, when it […]

Biscotti with hazelnuts, chocolate nibs and cranberries

I spotted some beautiful biscottis in and I knew I had to make them! Making the dough sounded as easy as 1,2,3. I am in the mood for easy right now!   The  recipe called  for cinnamon and I prefer to bypass  cinnamon in sweet things; see, in our Lebanese kitchen, we use cinnamon […]


Nisrine has tagged me and I am to play a little game; the game consists of listing three favorite places and post about it.  Fine, Nisrine, as long as you don’t ask me to play bridge, I will do it. Arlequin in San Fransisco, California, Mariages Frères in Paris, France and  Al-Baba sweets, in Saida, Lebanon […]

Spinach and rice casserole (Sabanegh be-roz)

You know what happens when you are a child and you are not particularly welcome in the kitchen? You start to rely on your sense of smell to give you an indication ofwhat is going on! For instance, if you smell ghee (samneh) sizzling in the pot, you know a stew is being made and […]

Candied chick peas (Kdaameh)

My neighbor Mary was over and (like everybody else these days) is on a Weight Watchers diet. I introduced her to these candied chick peas or kdaameh which she kept popping in her mouth; she could not believe she was eating chick peas and a candy at the same time. We used to eat those […]