Thanksgiving ideas

November 21, 2010  •  Category:


Pumpkin hummus is lighter-tasting than the usual one with garbanzo beans, yet it is just as addictive.

Click for the recipe here.

Spiced rice is used as a stuffing for chicken or turkey. It is flavorful, not spicy-hot. Minced lamb is added to the rice and it is garnished with almonds, pine nuts, pistachios and chestnuts.

For a recipe, click here.

Pomegranate salad is sweet and refreshing. The nuts give it some crunch.

For a recipe, click here.

This green beans, tomatoes and onions dish is flavored with a lot of garlic and is served at room temperature.

For a recipe, click here.

These cauliflower fritters are served with a tahini and lemon sauce and are served at room temperature.

For a recipe, click here.

This labneh (yogurt cheese) and roquefort (blue cheese) mousse, sorry mouse, is served with potato chips.

For a recipe, click here.

This pumpkin bavarian is light and luscious as a finale.

For a recipe, click here.


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  1. Jojo says:

    It all looks scrumptious!!!

  2. Devaki says:

    What a lovely and unique spread, Joumana! I love how your roots weave into everything you cook…wonderful, flavor-rich foods indeed 🙂

    Ciao, Devki @ weavethousandflavors

  3. James Walsh says:

    The green beans look really tasty.

  4. SYLVIA says:

    This looks like a monument, Joumana dear, thank you very much for giving us all those impressive collections of side and dessert recipes to showcase for our Thanksgiving table. This is a spectacular menu. The pumpkin Bavarian is gorgeous, you’ll forget there is technically a veggie in the dessert, And the pomegranate salad the red jewel of the nature, full of antioxidants, these dishes are yummy and healthy way to celebrate the holidays, and is nice to pass down as a legacy, Joumana, you rock, and are champion in cooking. defend your title brilliantly.

  5. sophia says:

    I just bought over a lb of fresh green beans and have no idea what to do with them!! Yay now I have an idea!

    And I want everything, please. With a side of napkins and doggy bag.

  6. Sally says:

    Pumpking hummous – I never even thought of using it this way – brilliant! That bean dish is my husband’s absolute fave.

  7. skip to malou says:

    I haven’t tried any of your repertoire but I’m so intrigued.. I want to try them all. Can I “invite” myself to join you for thanksgiving??? haha!

  8. Ivy says:

    Everything is lip-smacking delicious.

  9. Rosa says:

    Great dishes for a different Thanksgiving!



  10. ditdit says:

    Oh, that all looks wonderful!!

  11. peter says:

    Exotic offerings Joumana and all of them no doubt a would take the tastebuds on an adventure!

  12. Nadji says:

    Ce que j’aime dans la cuisine, c’est cette absence de frontières: fêter thinksginings à l’orientale, que des saveurs à déguster.
    Je note avant tout la recette du riz qui me fait saliver.
    Bonne semaine et à bientôt.

  13. Joanne says:

    If I could have a Lebanese flavored thanksgiving, I would be just about the happiest girl in the world. All of this sounds lovely.

  14. Barbara says:

    Marvelous roundup of Thanksgiving ideas, Joumana. Pumpkin bavarian? I love it. Wish my son wasn ‘t allergic to hummus!

  15. Katerina says:

    All of them look delicious. I wouldn’t know which one to choose.

  16. Conor @ HoldtheBeef says:

    Ack, too many of your fabulous recipes in one go, I think I may faint.

  17. Sushma Mallya says:

    yummy spread…loved each and every dish

  18. Heavenly Housewife says:

    Oh wow, so many great and delicious Thanksgiving ideas. A Lebaneese/American Thanksgiving would be absolutely awesome!
    *kisses* HH

  19. Maria says:

    What a great offering! I am really impressed by the pumpin bavarian and will seriously be looking into making that.

  20. Faith says:

    Such gorgeous ideas, Joumana! I’m definitely going to try pumpkin hummus! And that little mouse made of mousse is adorable!

  21. Lazaro says:

    Magnificent spread. Great idea for the pumpkin hummus. Love the presentation as well.

    Job well done

  22. Joan Nova says:

    Everything looks great but I’m particularly taken with the pumpkin hummus. I need to try this.

  23. Damaris says:

    all the recipes look wonderful. I need to give that pumpkin hummus a try for sure.

    ps. I saw that your other hummus recipe was featured on another food blog. Good job. your recipes are so wonderful!

  24. Katie @Cozydelicious says:

    Oooh, what great dishes! I have a ton of pomegranates so I’m thinking that salad looks awesome!

  25. Pamela says:

    Great proposals, I loved every dish, but the cheese mouse I just adored. Once again my admiration for your great dedication. And thanks for visiting my Patagonia blog, hope you get to go some day, it’s quite an experience

  26. Oui, Chef says:

    oohhh…these all look so good, but the spiced rice is calling my name. Can’t wait to make some. – S

  27. Philip says:

    Shukran ihtir, thank you very much for visiting my blog and let me know about your beautiful blog, full of delicious recipes and inviting dishes! Lets keep in touch with your recipes and my travelling! Kind regards. Philip

  28. Diane says:

    Not sure where to start with all these recipes, they all look fantastic, I love the mouse LOL. Diane

  29. Chiara says:

    I love the idea of having pumpkin hummus! I’m gonna buy some pumpkin and make it as soon as possible!

  30. Nuts about food says:

    I love the idea of the pumpkin hummus: recently I learned, made and posted about Tershi and now this! Looking forward to making it. I love pumpkin, especially in the savory version.

  31. T.W. Barritt says:

    I am a hummus addict, and I love the idea of using pumpkin. Great idea to pile it high and serve it in the pumpkin. The mousse is lovely too. I used to make a pumpkin custard that was more rustic, so you’ve got me thinking I might make that this week.

  32. deana says:

    Va voom, Joumana… so many great ideas in one place… I know I will be doing that pomegranate salad idea… what a nice counterpoint to rich and creamy thanksgiving dishes. Have a great thanksgiving!

  33. El says:

    What a gorgeous presentation. I love the flavors and the combinations you chose. Everything looks scrumptious!

  34. Stevie says:

    I want to go to your house for Thanksgiving!!! Everything looks wonderful. Hegui has made the green bean and tomato recipe several times. It really is stunning. Your pumpkin hummus looks fun though I always thought that you preferred the classic hummus without any other flavor additives?? Have you ever stuffed and then baked a large pumpkin as a centerpeice/main dish for a banquet. I was talking with someone at work about a dish like that. She said that you scoop out the filling and some of the pumpkin and serve it at table. I wonder what would work for something like that? The one that she remembered was vegetarian. Certainly it would look festive like your pumpkin hummus. Happy T-day!

  35. torviewtoronto says:

    delicious thanksgiving food cute mouse

  36. Doc says:

    These dishes are phenomenal! I love the pumpkin hummus, simply brilliant! The mousse, er, mouse had me cracking up. Thanks!

  37. Susan says:

    Everything looks wonderful! What time should I be there for dinner? 🙂 Love the cheese mouse!

  38. Dimah says:

    Those all look amazing and delicious!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! 🙂

  39. My Carolina Kitchen says:

    Stunning presentations. I love all of the dishes. It would be difficult to choose, but the rice would probably be my favorite.

  40. Joshua says:

    This looks great. The big problem over here in Italy is that it’s so hard to get the right ingredients, be they canned or fresh. And since I come from a place just full of cranberryies it is not an easy day…
    But finally something made from ingredients I can easilly fine here in Italy. Totally different take, but so Mediterrenean.
    Who do you get to pick out all those pomegranite seeds?

  41. MaryMoh says:

    Mmm…love all the dishes, especially the lamb rice. And of course love that mouse….looks sooooo cute!

  42. Adelina says:

    Love… Love… Love!!!! Thanks for your inspiring tips. This will hopefully help when I volunteer to help my mom this week. Love the hummus!

  43. Grapefruit says:

    I’m back after a long, long time. Love all your thanksgiving ideas – that mouse is just too cute!

  44. GirlonRaw says:

    Great blog! At first I thought you may have been based in Beirut or Lebanon (one of my favourite destinations for work as a flight attendant based in Saudi Arabia) but still I found one delicious recipe blog I will be coming back for sure!

  45. gloria says:

    Hello dear all look fantastic and yummy! Have a nice thanksgiving, gloria

  46. Karen says:

    These dishes look wonderful and so much healthier than the usual Thanksgiving fair. I particularly love the spiced rice and the pumpkin bavarian. Your pumpkin hummus sounds intriguing. Lovely!

  47. FOODESSA says:

    I could only imagine what it would be like to be hosted by you.
    You certainly are one of a kind ;o)
    Love all these ideas…and honestly, I will have to come back and check on them further when my time is a little less pressed.

    Ciao bella and flavourful wishes,

  48. Christine @ Fresh says:

    I didn’t know there was such a thing as pumpkin hummus, it sounds delicious! I also like the idea of pomegranate nut salad.

  49. Tom @ Tall Clover says:

    Many of your recipes are like a lovely postcard from my grandmother’s table, wonderful reminders of past dinners, family laughter and food that wrapped us like warm hugs. Thank you!

  50. Magic of Spice says:

    Such a gorgeous collection of dishes…beautiful and perfect for this time of year.

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