I am in Beirut for a few weeks and it is the season now for toot. Juicy and sweet! What a delight! In addition, we are going to be drinking sharab el-toot (mulberry juice), homemade by various friends and relatives. Can’t wait!

Lebanese Cuisine by Anissa Helou

  I met Anissa Helou about 2 years ago. I found out she was going to be in Dallas to do  a baking demonstration based on her latest book Savory Baking from the Mediterranean at the Central Market store. I drove 45 minutes to meet her. I found her there,...
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Tomatoes stuffed with bulgur and fava beans

  I wanted to make a vegetarian dish for my son. INGREDIENTS: Quantity will feed up to 6 people 1 cup of coarse burghul #4, rinsed and soaked in 2 cups of tap water for 15 minutes 3 cups of broth (can be  vegetable or chicken) 1 medium onion (5...
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Cappuccino and Cookies

I don’t know about you, but I simply cannot resist the call of a frothy cappuccino and some top-of-the line crispy and buttery cookies next to it! So, I do indulge myself and on a daily basis! My friend Phoebe, who worked for Starbucks for years, taught me this little...
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Agerian almond cookies

  The May 2009, Challenge is brought to us by Khadidja Zehani from Khadidja worked on two recipes to give us two choices; one for a wonderful savoury dish and one for outstanding dessert…. What can I say? First of all, Khadidja’s work is amazing. Her photographs are  so beautiful, I...
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Fish Kibbeh

  We did not grow up eating this type of kibbeh  in our household in Beirut.  This kibbeh  hails from Tripoli, our Northern capital and a large seaport. On one of my visits to Lebanon, a friend  ordered it from a caterer. I found several recipes for it and tried...
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Pasta in raw tomato sauce

My dad was in Dallas for a short period in the late eighties and he used to always  lunch at an Italian restaurant, Tommaso’s. He loved it so much that he used to go every single day. Soon, he met the Chef, Mrs. Laura Orso, who would converse with him in her...
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Apricot and milk pudding

  Love apricots! However, I have not had good luck with the  fresh  apricots sold in supermarkets. They  are so often bland and pasty that I stopped buying them.  I remember my excitement the first time I found the amardeen of my childhood in a middle-eastern store…  we used to...
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Bread and Olives

  In the cultural news, a Lebanese filmmaker, Simon El-Habre, won first prize at the Toronto Hot Docs Festival for his film entitled ” The One Man  Village” . It is the true story of his uncle Sem’aan, who ended up living alone in his village after all the other...
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