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Leek and potato soup

My close friend Phoebe often jokes about how sparse my house is. One time she quipped “So, did you get rid of the beds today?”. I admit I have a tendency to get rid of things, even when it is not really warranted, it just feels cleaner.

Kind of like this soup, which is a […]

By |March 21st, 2015|Salty|4 Comments
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Pistou soup (Soupe au pistou)

This famous soup from the county of Nice in the South of France is interpreted in a dizzying number of ways and is a traditional dish in the early Summer (or at least when basil is available). My friend Marcelle Dupuis, a native Niçoise (she speaks the local dialect), shrieked when I told her most cookbooks use […]

By |March 10th, 2015|Salty|11 Comments
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Mushroom soup

Mushroom soup is one of the easiest and most versatile soups. Simple (just mushrooms, onions and nothing else), creamy (with milk and cream), hearty (with meat or chicken). I wanted the soup to be creamy, hearty and filling.
Here is what I came-up with: I used a handful of fajita meat. In Beirut, fajitas […]

By |January 24th, 2015|Salty|2 Comments
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White Gazpacho (Zouhair Zairi)

I wanted to try this soup, from Chef Zouhair Zairi’s Moorish Fusion Cuisine. One of the reasons is that I have not seen, to my knowledge, anything remotely like this in the Lebanese or Near Eastern cuisine; almonds are always used as a garnish in savory dishes; there is one pudding, called kishk of the […]

By |May 24th, 2014|Salty|5 Comments
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Cabbage and keshek soup


Keshek is a very nourishing food traditionally prepared in rural areas for sustenance year-round; it is a mixture of yogurt and milk fermented with bulgur, dried and ground into a powder. Urbanized Lebanese buy it commercially made; however, there are still plenty of people in the villages who still make it at home. It […]

By |March 31st, 2014|Salty|12 Comments
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Kibbeh in yogurt (Labniyeh)

This is one of the best (if not the best) kibbeh dishes; we grew up with it, with my grandmother patiently coring the hollow kibbeh balls and stirring the yogurt till thickened. The final kick of flavor was when the cilantro and garlic fried in oil was added to the sauce. In Lebanon, the […]

By |March 26th, 2014|Salty|19 Comments
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Onion soup, French-style

Happy New Year 2014!
Wishing everyone a great 2014. (Hope PEACE will prevail)

We did not have the spectacular fireworks that Dubai exhibited this year; (from what I hear, it  was a Guiness World record) Nevertheless, it was joyful and peaceful; a bit irksome was hearing the firing of blank cartridges nearby, despite an official governmental […]

By |January 1st, 2014|Salty|11 Comments
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Yogurt soup


If I had to make a sweeping statement about Middle-Eastern culinary taste,  I’d say ” You’ve got to love yogurt!”. Yogurt is an intrinsic part of our food. When I was a kid growing up in Beirut, we’d get our weekly supply of yogurt delivered by a man wearing a sherwal (traditional trousers) and wearing a […]

By |February 26th, 2013|Salty|22 Comments
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Cauliflower soup


My daughter has been sick for two solid weeks (flu, sore throat, constant coughing) spending her college Christmas break in bed; so when I saw Katie’s cauliflower soup, I was immediately inspired. Katie added turmeric to her soup which gave it a golden hue (very pretty) and some crunchy croutons. Mine is more austere, […]

By |January 28th, 2013|Salty|14 Comments
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Chickpea soup (Lablabi)

It has been really cold in Lebanon the last few days and this soup which is sold by cart vendors in Bagdad (Iraq) is hearty and simple to prepare. My Iraqi friend Wafa’ gave me her recipe during her annual visit to  Lebanon  this past Summer. She said she loves it most with a […]

By |January 12th, 2013|Salty|12 Comments