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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Kibbeh saucers

This kibbeh is called sajeeyeh, because it looks like a saj, that ubiquitous propane-powered oven seen on every street corner in Beirut on which bakers make the famous manooshe.  It is made-up of the same dough as a regular kibbeh pie, but with the addition of some red pepper paste and...
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Stuffed pumpkin (Ghapama)

Often prepared around Christmastime, ghapama is a stuffed pumpkin dish from the Armenian community in Lebanon. The guts of the pumpkin are removed, and then it is stuffed with boiled rice and dried fruits like apple, apricot, dates, plums, and raisins together with nuts. The pumpkin is baked until it...
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Pomegranate and cream pudding

An easy dessert in which two separate flavors, a fruity and tangy one from the fresh pomegranates and a creamy and soothing one from the cream. The entire dessert can be put together in under 30 minutes if you get the ingredients ready ahead of time.



Pancakes with turmeric

These pancakes are flavored with turmeric and anise, which gives them a faint sweet and spiced flavor. I picked these two spices because they are used in a popular Lebanese sweet bread sold in street carts and pastry shops and called sfoof.