Monthly Archives: May 2011

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Goat chili with red lentils



Goat meat is very lean, so if you are considering reducing red meat from your diet, it is a good option.

You will have a bowl of this chili made with goat meat, and you will not get the usual feeling of heaviness that comes from eating fatty meat.

This chili is light. It contains […]

By |May 31st, 2011|Salty|23 Comments
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Corn cake


What is Southern, easy, popular and goes with just everything?

Cornbread, that’s what! I picked a recipe, added some  corn and  diced peppers and frosted it with Puck (your favorite cream cheese spread will do fine) and fresh corn.


1 cup of stone-ground cornmeal
1 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of baking […]

By |May 30th, 2011|Salty|24 Comments
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Chocolate truffles


Chocolate is such a personal thing. I almost feel the same with chocolate as I do with perfume. I would hesitate to offer someone chocolate (as perfume) unless I knew exactly what they liked.

By the way, have you heard of  Le Whif? The idea here is to sniff chocolate scent, getting a high […]

By |May 30th, 2011|Sweets|23 Comments
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Ham and cheese roll (Brazilian)


Brazil is a second motherland for more Lebanese folks than there are in Lebanon; naturally, Lebanese immigrants to Brazil have imported their kibbeh and their tabbouleh to their adopted homeland; in return, they have espoused all things Brazilian.

This sandwich, called enroladinho de presunto e queijo is a Brazilian version of a ham and […]

By |May 28th, 2011|Salty|28 Comments
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Spiced raw garbanzo beans


When garbanzos get harvested, one can find them in Lebanon sold from street vendors on the side of the road, in big bushy bunches with their tender husks; people will buy them and spend a leisurely afternoon peeling them and eating them with a glass of arak or beer.

Here in the US, raw […]

By |May 27th, 2011|Salty|32 Comments
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Chicken croquettes

INGREDIENTS: 20 croquettes

3/4 pound of ground chicken (with a bit of fat)
1 egg
1/4 cup (packed) of minced herbs, such as basil and cilantro
1/2 cup of shredded kashkaval cheese (or any hard cheese such as swiss or cheddar)
2 cloves of garlic, mashed in a mortar with a dash of salt
1/2 teaspoon of sumac, 1/2 teaspoon […]

By |May 26th, 2011|Salty|23 Comments
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Pineapple and salmon ceviche


With temperatures hovering around 95F, who wants to cook?

Here is my feeling on salmon: Either get wild salmon or you might as well eat chicken. So I don’t buy salmon often, but the store had a sign ” Copper River wild Salmon”, which proved irresistible. I mean did you check the vibrant orange-red of […]

By |May 24th, 2011|Salads|27 Comments
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Banana flower and shrimp salad


I had seen these banana flowers last summer in Tyre, our southernmost coastal city lined with banana plantations. As it turns out, they are consumed in many countries in Asia, just not in Lebanon (or the rest of the Levant for that matter).

These flowers are mild-tasting (like a Belgian endive without the bitterness) and […]

By |May 23rd, 2011|Salads|32 Comments
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Mysterious fruit (or vegetable)


This is a component of a  food that most Americans are very familiar with and eat at least several times a week.


By |May 22nd, 2011|Tips|26 Comments
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Potato kibbeh pie


This is the easiest kibbeh pie you will ever make. No stress is involved here: just pick your favorite potatoes, boil them and mash them and mix them with some bulgur (added protein!) and herbs. Make a separate filling such as a ground beef with onion and bell peppers and spices, and the assembly […]

By |May 21st, 2011|Salty|27 Comments