Zucchini Fritters (Ejjeh Koossa)

This is an absolutely scrumptious dish. We usually ate it the day after having the koossa mehche (stuffed zucchini in meat)  as it is made with the pulp collected after coring the zucchini for koossa. It is eaten at room temperature stuffed in pita for a quick lunch or as...
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Spinach and rice quiche

In Beirut, growing up, we used to go out for Italian food all the time; either for pizza  or at a cafe in Hamra for lasagna or escalopes milanaise. My mother’s friend who left Egypt after Nasser started nationalizing everything even opened a tiny hole-in-the wall in Hamra making fresh...
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Fig jam cookie roll

This cookie is a combination of rugelah and ma’amoul. I used a recipe from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s book Rose’sChristmas Cookies and given it a Lebanese touch by stuffing it with a traditional dried fig jam. The richness of cream cheese in the dough and fig jam and walnut in the...
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Milk Pudding (Muhallabiyeh)

I read one time the results of a study on what taste men in general were drawn to:  it was “creamy” things, like vanilla ice cream or whipping cream. The study concluded by stating that it was certainly derived for the primal longing for mother’s milk that accompanies men throughout...
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French onion soup

My son  was taunting me: “can you make a French onion soup as good as Panera’s (a chain of bakeries in Dallas)? as the French say mon sang n’a fait qu’un tour. I will make a French onion soup that will knock your socks off, said I. There!  I, who...
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Couscous (Moghrabiyeh)

  Some dishes are fit for royalty. This is one of them. I remember the anticipation of having moghrabyeh prepared for us by my dad’s favorite cousin in the mountains in the village of Maad; hers was the best and I still have her recipe that she passed on to...
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Breakfast, Lebanese-style

Mmm…This is such a lovely sight! Fresh labneh, luscious extra virgin olive oil nestled in its fold, juicy tomatoes, always a bowl of olives and of course fresh mint and some pita bread…I am in heaven! This is the traditional Lebanese breakfast that will set your day right! I tear...
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Cauliflower fritters with Tarator sauce

  I know what you’re thinking! Cauliflower! How dull! Well, trust me, this dish will completely change your mind about this admittedly unexciting vegetable. In fact, you will first try one, just for kicks, then another, then you will not allow anyone to get close to the plate! You will...
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Biscotti (chocolate and orange)

    TO CHASE THE BLUES AWAY! These days I feel like retiring to a deserted island somewhere, never ever watching the news and just listening to the sound of the waves nearby. So I head to the kitchen instead  and bake a batch of biscotti! ( easy fix for...
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