Monthly Archives: August 2011

Lebanese Tomato Salad. Let juice run down your chin.

When I was in graduate school at Michigan State studying literature, one of my professors was the poet Diane Wakoski. She was widely known to be an exacting teacher of poetry writing, holding students to a standard they had not …

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Ingredient: Tomatoes

I have to reference my father again this week, because we are eating tomatoes, and tomatoes were his favorite. His glory. His perfect food. Must be a Lebanese hereditary trait, because it extends far and wide in the Abood and …

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Postcard from Up North

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”

–Mohandas Gandhi

(The cathedral of Little Traverse Bay.)…

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Apricot Preserves, and some time to let your mind wander

To make apricot preserves, the method and ingredients are very simple: sugar, water, lemon juice, and apricots that get pitted just by splitting them open with your hands. But the process does require a heaping portion of…you. An hour’s worth …

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When it comes to dessert, the Lebanese favor fresh fruit, served simply, above any other sweet. This time of year, when the bounty is so perfect, I can actually accept that tradition (the rest of the time I pretend I’m …

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