Carrots stewed in butter and honey

This was how my mom used to cook carrots and I loved it for two reasons: It was yummy, and it was super easy. All it takes is throwing the carrots (peeled and cut) into the pot, adding a chunk of butter, a swirl of honey (or a dash of...
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Potato kibbeh pie

This is a very rustic kibbeh found in the villages; I became acquainted with it when I lived in the Chouf Mountains and befriended local farmers like Oum Elias. She used potatoes, onions and walnuts from her field to make a similar pie, and would take portions of it to...
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Oatmeal cookies

This time of year, people are busy making maamoul in Lebanon (and outside Lebanon as well if you are Lebanese), the Easter/Eid cookie par excellence; this is a suggested cookie for those of us who are not able to set aside the hours needed to make maamoul .. The photo was taken...
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Kibbeh stuffed with shredded beef

This type of kibbeh is called kibbeh sajeeyyeh in Lebanon.  The kibbeh is shaped like a saj , the concave cooking grill shaped like an inverted wok used in almost every corner bakery throughout Lebanon. Oum Elias using a saj to bake bread in her garden using sticks from pine trees in...
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Lamb and bean soup (Ab Gusht)

This soup is very popular in Iran (from where it originated) as well as in Iraq. I am reminded as I am posting this of my enchanting trip to Shiraz (Iran). The success of the trip I owed in major part to lovely Ava, who conducts food tours and cooking...
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Salmon quiche

I never would have thought of a salmon quiche if it wasn’t for my mother who used to make it fairly regularly when the family lived in France. It is a delicious quiche, much lighter than the original quiche lorraine, but still substantial enough (with the salmon) to be very...
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Cream of squash soup

This is a soup I decided to make (quick and easy) in order to recycle the pulp of the squash I cored and stuffed. Normally, the traditional use of the pulp in Lebanese households is to make fritters. I used an old recipe given to me by my cousin who...
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Kibbeh in yogurt

This is one of my favorite kibbeh dish and my grandmother used to make it to perfection, carving the small hollow kibbeh balls with a thin shell that one would break open and fill with the warm yogurt sauce flavored with mint pesto. A lot of people in Lebanon fill...
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Date energy cookies

This date “energy” cookie  is a repackaging of one I made while in Lebanon, because it is easy and very popular there. It is actually even sold in bakeries, even though it is a traditional  homemade treat offered when visiting friends or relatives in their homes. I just wanted it...
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