Mujaddara

Eleven years ago when I first published this recipe, I was struggling with the Arabic title: Should I include it or should I call it “lentil and rice dish”. Now that our Near Eastern food has become mainstream, I can just call it by its name: mujaddara (pronounced mjaddra in...
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Biscuit au chocolat

Biscuit au chocolat

This is called Biscuit au Chocolat in Lebanon, and is offered in coffee shops or cafés or in the home, to go with coffee or tea. It is easy to make, is a no-bake dessert, and keeps in the fridge. What is neat about it is that it is versatile,...
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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 Sajiyeh

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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