Monthly Archives: July 2011

  • cherry-dessert-in-a-cup

Cherry charlotte


This cherry dessert was made with my son in mind who just  turned 21. I had heard people tell me time and again “oh, they grow so fast” and at the time, buried in child-rearing, domestic chores, part-time work and the like I was thinking ” are these people nuts?”.

Well, they were right, […]

By |July 30th, 2011|Sweets|29 Comments
  • Cheese-beoreg-in-a-pan

Cheese beoreg in a pan


This beoreg version in a pan is for these days when the desire to make individual beoregs is muted. This will make enough for a party of 12, as an appetizer.

Recipe is adapted from Anaheed’s cookbook.



3 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup of melted butter
1/2 cup […]

By |July 29th, 2011|Salty|15 Comments
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Choco sticks


Ever tried the Cadbury fingers? They are long and thin cookies shaped like a skinny finger, coated in chocolate (a childhood favorite).

These are made with some LU cookies, but any butter cookie will work. The cookies are crushed and the resulting “flour” is used in lieu of regular flour in this recipe.

These are […]

By |July 28th, 2011|Sweets|14 Comments
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Simply Lebanese, by Ina’am Atalla


I  first saw  Mrs. Atalla on a television show a few years ago.  Chef Ramzi, a famous Lebanese chef, was touring the world meeting Lebanese expats and immigrant restaurateurs  and this was filmed during his  weekly thirty-minute documentary.

This particular episode took place in London and while Chef Ramzi was interviewing Mrs. Atalla in […]

By |July 27th, 2011|Reviews|20 Comments
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Sweet Lime Ice


Ever had sweet limes?

Sweet limes look just like their cousins the lemons, except they are sweet and delicate-tasting and have zero acidity. In Lebanon they are popular as a snack, whenever they are in season;  in the US, they are produced in California I think, but are not widely distributed.

This ice can […]

By |July 26th, 2011|Sweets|18 Comments
  • husrum

Sour grapes to make verjuice or husrum


These sour grapes are very small and very sour; the Middle-Eastern store had them on sale.

Traditionally,  a grape vinegar  is made every year in mountain villages in Lebanon with the sour grapes  in order to have something acidic to add to salads and stuffed vegetables, in lieu of  lemons when these are no longer […]

By |July 24th, 2011|Tips|23 Comments
  • Fresh-strawberry-muffins

Fresh strawberry muffins



These are extra-light textured, extra-moist, slightly spongy, studded with fresh strawberry bits, doused in fresh strawberry syrup.


2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
4 ounces of yogurt (114 g.)
4 ounces of melted unsalted butter (114 g.) Can substitute oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 […]

By |July 23rd, 2011|Salty|18 Comments
  • a-slice-of-beoreg

Swiss chard and tahini beoreg


The Armenian community in Lebanon has always fascinated me; I had Armenian friends in school, an Armenian dentist, knew Armenian musicians, carpenters, artists; we lived side by side, yet they spoke their own language and wrote in Armenian, a language that seemed mysterious, with letters that could not be deciphered even for someone fluent […]

By |July 22nd, 2011|Salty|20 Comments
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Drumsticks with pomegranate-cilantro sauce


If you are interested in saving some time and still having flavorful meals, why not make some cilantro pesto and freezing it? It will keep very well, for months, and if you make a bunch and fill up an ice-cube plastic tray with it, you can pull it out of the freezer and scoop […]

By |July 21st, 2011|Salty|17 Comments
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Strawberry soup


Let’s say you could not resist and bought a bunch of strawberries. Even though you still had other fruits at home.

This strawberry soup is a way to use up the leftover fruits and to enjoy those luscious strawberries. The other fruits are neatly cut-up and placed at the bottom of the goblet; the […]

By |July 20th, 2011|Sweets|14 Comments