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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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shawarma sandwich

Shawarma sandwich

I was just alerted to the fact that today is National Sandwich Day. I should keep-up with these…celebrations? announcements? gimmicks? I will add that to my list of 2016 resolutions. What does one look for in a sandwich? Lately, I have decided that a sandwich should have the equivalent of a complete meal, except in sandwich form. The Lebanese shawarma...
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quince

Quince

It is quince season. I’d be totally disingenuous if I typed that I loved quinces. Even though I am fond of all my memories associated with my grandmother, her yearly ritual of making quince jam was not that special to me. It seemed like a lot of trouble for a paltry result. Nevertheless, the sight of the trees in the...
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Turkish coffee

Turkish coffee

It took me a while to find a coffee purveyor in Beirut who would sell decaffeinated coffee. My request was usually met with a puzzled look then a decisive no. One man even said in Arabic the equivalent of “not just no, but hell no!”. When I prodded him as to why he was being so virulent, his answer was...
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labneh

Labneh and zaatar breakfast

Back when I was blogging constantly, I was hearing this recurring background noise “you’ve got to be on Facebook, or Twitter”. I am now posting daily on Facebook and Instagram (several times a day) and have barely time to blog anymore! No more whining. This is an all-traditional Lebanese breakfast and my favorite. It even turns into dinner or lunch...
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rahat loukoum

Rahat Loukoum (Turkish Delight)

I have been away from blogging for a while to tend to some pressing business back in Dallas. Now I am back and as usual, with my head brimming with ideas on meals, desserts, places to see, the list is nearly endless. Since it is National Dessert Day today, how about some choice Turkish Delight or what is know here...
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