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Lemon tart by Alain Ducasse

I was spending a few days in Nice and in the Var region last month and  decided  to check out cookbooks in the local bookstore. Found a small one by the famed chef Alain Ducasse called L’Ecole de Cuisine-Les Essentiels. The book contains only TEN recipes which are taken out of his cooking school.  Explained in  detail […]
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Spinach stew (Yakhnet sabanegh)

  This stew is for me the epitome of Lebanese home cooking; it is extremely plain, just spinach, a little meat and some garlic and cilantro. However,  it is very very good and really does a fine job of showcasing spinach.  If you can, use fresh spinach, preferably organic. Chop and use the stems as […]
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Cauliflower salad (Arnabeet w tarator)

This is the perfect salad if you are stuck with a cauliflower and not sure what to do with it.  It only takes minutes to prepare. It tastes fantastic and you will forget you are eating cauliflower.   The cauliflower is just boiled or steamed till tender, cut up and covered with the sauce.  The sauce […]
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Red lentil and chard soup

    This soup is so easy to put together and delivers the kind of homey flavor that is the hallmark of a great winter soup. The ingredients are thrown in the pot and left to simmer slowly; right before serving, a burst of flavor is added (garlic, olive oil and fresh lemon juice). Done! […]
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Eggplant dip (M’tabbal)

Will not speak for other expats, but this is the one dish that beckons after arrival. Something about that  lemony, silky, garlicky, smokey eggplant cream is all that one needs to feel acclimated once again. INGREDIENTS: 1 large shiny eggplant, about 1 pound 1 lemon 2 cloves of garlic salt 1 tbsp of tahini olive […]
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