Fava beans salad in cilantro sauce

When it is fava bean (aka fuul ) season, folks start selling them in their food carts on the side of the road, piled high in their bright green husks. If these fava beans have been picked young, they can be cooked with the outside tender husk, which eliminates having to shell them one...
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Chickpea in yogurt sauce (Fattet al-hummus)

  This rustic and easy-to-fix dish is very traditional and especially prevalent in Syria (Damascus) where they have perfected it. It is called fatteh from the verb fatfat (to break apart), meaning bread torn apart. The fattoush salad’s name has the same origin, as it is a bread salad with Arabic bread...
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Enchiladas with green sauce

Now that I am back in Texas, I am able to enjoy Mexican food and Mexican products, something that I really missed living in Lebanon for the last ten years. One of my favorite Mexican dishes is enchiladas with salsa verde (green sauce). I checked a few Mexican chefs online...
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Kibbeh pie stuffed with cheese and muhammara

This kibbeh came about when I retrieved a pot of muhammara from the freezer and was wondering what to do with it. I wanted to make some kibbeh with the meat I had, but did not want to fuss with making balls (too time-consuming); so I came-up with kibbeh sajiyeh...
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Hand pies with labneh and zaatar

A traditional Lebanese breakfast? Pinching off pieces of pita bread and scooping up some zaatar (marinating in olive oil) and labneh. Adding a bit of tomatoes and mint. Well, here it is, a hand pie containing the zaatar in olive oil and the labneh. I like to serve this with fresh...
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Wild zaatar salad

  A couple of friends in our mountain village of  Deir el-Qamar  told me that it was time to go forage for zaatar. This is a variety of zaatar that is made into a salad, not dried and ground into a powder:  Lots of onion, tomatoes and olives and fresh...
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Grape molasses cookies

INGREDIENTS: 2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour 1 cup of cream of wheat (farina) or fine semolina 1/4 cup milk (more if needed) 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. white pepper, 1/4 tsp. of ginger, 1 tsp. of mahlab 2 tsp. of baking powder 1/2 cup of grape-seed oil (can substitute...
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Date spread

This was a successful attempt at recycling some leftover dates; the dates were so dry, it was painful to chew them and I seriously contemplated tossing them in the garbage. Then I remembered how I used to soften dates by cooking them in orange juice and decided to try this...
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Halvah-chocolate brownies

Halvah or haleweh as it is called in Lebanon is the equivalent of peanut butter in popularity in the US. I was told that even in the Lebanese Army, conscripts eat it for breakfast. I have been experiencing a regain of interest for it since I have been here, maybe...
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