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Labneh balls (Labneh makbouseh)



 A slow-food activity for a week-end; making these labneh balls can also pay-off later on when a housewarming gift is needed. Just drain the yogurt overnight (or better yet, for a couple of days); using a small cookie dough scooper, make these little balls, place them on a paper-towel-lined tray, cover them with more […]

By |September 30th, 2013|Salty|15 Comments
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Penne with labneh tomato sauce


This is pasta in a jiffy with only 4 ingredients. The sauce is like the Italian vodka sauce, except I replaced the vodka with arak (Lebanese national drink with a strong taste of licorice); here only a teaspoon was enough.  I switched to labneh (drained yogurt) instead of cream. Happy Eid el-Futr to everyone who celebrates! […]

By |August 8th, 2013|Salty|11 Comments
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Olives stuffed with cheese


Or how to eat olives and cheese in one bite!

Pick a strong goat cheese to offset the pungent taste of the olives; get some pitted olives and a decorating bag with a tiny tube and you can get this fancy appetizer ready in no time!

Photo taken from my aunt’s balcony in Adma, Lebanon.

By |April 25th, 2012|Salty|18 Comments
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Labneh and butternut squash sauce for pasta



This is a very easy sauce to make. The contrast between the sweetness of the squash and the onions and the sour taste of labneh or yogurt is (in my mind) pleasant. The texture is rich and creamy, yet the sauce is light (especially if you make the labneh with fat-free Greek yogurt).


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By |August 14th, 2011|Salty|15 Comments
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Cauliflower cocktail


Sorry, I could not think of a better title. This is a cauliflower “cream” made with steamed (and still a bit crunchy) cauliflower and goat yogurt labneh. You can use  Greek yogurt with fine results (and goat cheese if you like the taste), just add a slice of bread to give the cream more […]

By |July 18th, 2011|Salads|23 Comments
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Carrot burger



This dish is inspired by an idea from a French-Armenian chef I admire, Sonia Ezgulian. She made the carrot burger and in the middle, shaped a patty with a cooked chicken breast mixed with fromage blanc; I made patties with kafta instead and served it with extra lemon (on the carrots) and dilled labneh […]

By |June 30th, 2011|Salty|22 Comments
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Carrot soup with labneh


A soup that can be made with minimum fuss yet delivers big flavor; if you happen to have some labneh, great, otherwise drain some yogurt that morning. I used a bit of the stash of cilantro pesto from my freezer to speed things up.

INGREDIENTS: 6 servings

1 pound of carrots
1 large onion
1 chicken bouillon cube […]

By |June 23rd, 2011|Salty|19 Comments
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Lychee and labneh frozen yogurt


For those of you still fighting cold weather, I am sincerely sorry; temperatures are in the high nineties over here and about the only retail eateries  always full of people are frozen yogurt shops.

Well, labneh is drained yogurt, right? I had a jar of store-bought labneh in the fridge and I used it  to […]

By |June 3rd, 2011|Sweets|31 Comments
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Pasta with zucchini and labneh sauce


Temperatures are hovering around 99F; this pasta is light and quick to prepare. All you need is a pot of yogurt, some zucchini and a little garlic. A basil bush on your windowsill would not hurt either.


8 ounces of pasta
8 ounces of labneh (to make it at home, click here)
1 pound of zucchini
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By |June 2nd, 2011|Salty|20 Comments
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Meat pies, Lebanese-style (Sfeeha)

If there is one pastry item that deserves a standing ovation from the Lebanese kitchen, it is sfeeha (pronounced s-f-ee-ha with the “a” like apple).

What is sfeeha? A little meat pie; made extraordinary by the folks in Baalbeck (the number one tourist destination in Lebanon, site of incredible Roman temples).

Why extraordinary? The meat […]

By |May 19th, 2011|Salty|53 Comments