Monthly Archives: March 2010

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Chile Rellenos with roasted green wheat


I love Mexican cuisine. I can enjoy it in Texas of course, but also in Lebanon where  I had an outstanding Mexican five-course meal in Deir EL-Kamar one summer, during a gala event; a Mexican chef had been flown in especially for the occasion and created an amazing spread of chile rellenos, mole, ceviches, […]

By |March 31st, 2010|Salty|52 Comments
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Swiss chard stalks salad (Selk bel-tahineh)


In  third world countries or countries euphemistically described as in the process of development, the local cuisine strives to use up every available foodstuff; hence in Lebanon, not only is the swiss chard  widely consumed  but the stalks are eaten as well in a separate mezze dish. If you like the ubiquitous tarator dressing, […]

By |March 30th, 2010|Salads|35 Comments
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Sardine Hummus on pita


It all started this weekend when my friend Phoebe, who often assists  me with my cooking projects was telling my neighbor Mary, who  helps me consume my kitchen projects, ” You remember Mary thatspiced fish that she made that was so good?”, and turning to me ” You know it is time you did […]

By |March 29th, 2010|Salty|51 Comments
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Swiss Chard cake


This is a recipe from Lebanese  chef Marlene Mattar.

I am Lebanese-born, which means that I love stuffed grape leaves.
I hate stringy, rubbery, stuffed grape leaves.
I am appalled at restaurants that are not ashamed to sell them to their customers. They should know better! In Lebanese cuisine, grape leaves are picked when they […]

By |March 27th, 2010|Salads|75 Comments
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Rabbit cookie with passion fruit curd


These are petit beurre cookies, made because I love LU’s cookies, now sold everywhere and I found a recipe for these simple butter cookies in Nick Malgieri’s latest book  Light Desserts.

The passion fruit curd came about when I saw a jar of passion fruit puree at the market in the freezer section; these […]

By |March 26th, 2010|Sweets|38 Comments
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Lebanese Nachos


I have lived in Texas a long, long time; and it is virtually impossible to live in Texas and not to become enamored with Mexican and Tex-Mex  cuisine!

Nachos are the star of Tex-Mex food! There is no one in Texas that does not love an order of nachos to nibble on at a […]

By |March 25th, 2010|Salty|49 Comments
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Lebanese salad dressing, in 56 seconds

I  moved to  California  in the early eighties  and back then  everybody around me was using bottled salad dressing with names like Ranch, Thousand Islands, French; that  was  bewildering to me; I did not understand why someone would buy a bottle of these rich  concoctions when it was so […]

By |March 24th, 2010|Salads|38 Comments
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Potato stuffed with peppers and egg (Shakshouka)


All I know about Tunisia I heard from my mother;  she  visited that country  and came back filled  with  enthusiasm for Tunisia; she showed us pictures of little houses painted  white  with light blue louvers. She brought back an ornate  bird cage, all white and blue; she told us that in Tunisia […]

By |March 22nd, 2010|Salty|46 Comments
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Shredded Phyllo dough and pistachio cookies (taaj al-malek)

I decided it was high time I made these myself, instead of waiting to be in Beirut to enjoy them at a pastry shop or buying them at the middle-eastern grocer in a box,  wondering how many months they had been sitting in that box. These pastries are called king’s crown or taaj al-malek. […]

By |March 20th, 2010|Sweets|66 Comments
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Smoked salmon with dilled labneh on pita chips

An  elegant appetizer or part of a brunch. I used homemade labneh, because it is a creamy cheese that is healthy (made from yogurt) and easy to make;  just allow  time for the yogurt to drain; dill is a must with salmon and pita chips can be toasted  and require no special […]

By |March 19th, 2010|Salty|38 Comments