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pomegranate soup

Pomegranate soup (Ashe-e-anar)

I have had my eye on this soup for a long time, maybe years; it is the surplus of sweet (really sweet) and juicy pomegranates all over the city that was my final impetus to action. What a discovery! This soup is probably off the charts as far as healthy ingredients, from legumes, to rice, to herbs, to pomegranate juice,...
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meringue mushrooms

Meringue mushrooms

The single most challenging (infuriating) aspect of life in Lebanon is the internet connectivity. I was unable to post on Christmas day because, well, the internet was down. Here are some of the reasons I have heard in the last two months, when calling the “technical support” office of the provider. “The Russians are pulling all of the internet” (What...
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leb flag

Independence Day

Today was Lebanon’s Independence Day and to avoid any more tragedies or tempt any terrorist-related attacks, the official celebrations were cancelled. I met a cousin for coffee in the AM downtown and then went on a street fair in a trendy location; a few blocks had been converted to a pedestrian zone and instead of a bumper to bumper traffic...
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Turkey with rice stuffing

Thanksgiving turkey

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I am going to be posting pictures every day of recipes I have published in my cookbook. This one is a classic roasted turkey stuffed with spiced rice, garnished with lots and lots of fried nuts and even some roasted chestnuts. I hope the internet cooperates. The snail I see on the broccoli leaves (half eaten...
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myrtles

Myrtle berries (Hemblass)

These wild bushes get loaded with berries this time of year. Their history goes back thousands of years in the area, and the berries have a reputation for lowering cholesterol and easing digestive issues (among other uses) and are used in herbal medicine in the rural areas, as well as a snack to munch on. My farmer friend, Um Elias,...
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kanoon

Kanoon (Stove)

I recently had the opportunity to take part in an informal class on how to make a kanoon, which is a primitive-type of stove or burner. Our ancestors used them in the rural areas to heat their foods or drinks. I was thrilled to learn that a lady in a Shouf village was still making them and was willing to...
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