Fish kibbeh

This is not a kibbeh from Beirut . It is a dish from the northern capital, Tripoli, where people are really into fish and seafood due to the historic Tripoli port area teeming with fishermen and fish joints. I discovered it late and loved the idea and the kibbeh. Remember, kibbeh...
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Balila

  Balila is the epitome of the poor man’s dish in Lebanon; it is served for breakfast in every neighborhood joint for the throngs of workers who eat it before heading to their job on the construction site or at the office. It is absolutely delicious and part of every mezze....
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Olive and zaatar bread

This bread is a treat and combines the taste of olives, zaatar and olive oil in the moist stuffing. The bread is prepared the day before and left to rise slowly overnight in the fridge to ensure a fluffy and soft texture after baking. It is at best served warm...
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Lasagne Verdi

This is my favorite pasta dish, as I remember it from being served this way in Beirut in the seventies in the cafés lining-up bustling Hamra street. It was always made with fresh spinach pasta, some bolognese sauce and creamy béchamel sauce. A pure delight! Making this dish will be...
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Pumpkin kibbeh pie

This pumpkin kibbeh pie is the quintessential village pie, where folks make do with what they have and what their traditions dictate. It appears around Fall when all the farmers display their various pumpkins on the side of the roads, and is also made when fasting is in order. Growing-up...
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Chocolate crispy bars

I made these one evening to use-up the chocolate bars I had stashed in the pantry. I did not have a recipe, so I just improvised based on an old recipe I had done using tahini. This one is straightforward, just chocolate bars+butter+vanilla+puffed rice.



Lamb shanks in yogurt sauce

This dish is called laban emmo. The literal translation is: “his mother’s milk”; it is traditional to make it for New Year, when everything is supposed to be white, to symbolize the new beginning. It is one of my favorite stews.  I love yogurt sauce, creamy and a bit sour, flavored...
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Liver spread

  If you are like me, and don’t really care for the taste of liver, this spread will be the ticket for you. By adding cream cheese (or thick labneh, but cream cheese is best), pomegranate molasses and spices, you completely get rid of that “liver” taste. This spread lasts...
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Turnip greens salad

This is a cooked salad, made in Lebanon with dandelion greens (wild or farm-grown) called hindbeh. I decided to make it with turnip greens instead, because dandelion greens in the US are not comparable to the ones in Lebanon (in the US, their stem is tougher and the leaves are narrower);...
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