Category Archives: Stories and Recipes

Back on the porch, and our wedding

Front porch, Maureen Abood
Summers on the porch here on Main Street have always brought visitors by. From the start, my dad would wave them on up to join him on the white wicker chairs for a visit. Before they could hit the top …

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Apricot Sherbet Recipe, from the summer sun

Apricot sherbet in tub, Maureen AboodIt’s nothing short of embarrassing when I hear myself complaining about it.

The complaining is about the most mundane thing: the weather. The embarrassment is because when a girl gets married to the best man in the world and completes

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Za’atar Fried Chicken and my cookbook photo shoot

Chicken and donuts, Maureen AboodWhen I take photos for Rose Water and Orange Blossoms, there are so many things to consider: the light, the lens, the plate, the background surface and the backdrop. And of course, the food itself. I run around the kitchen …

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Raspberry-Rose Crumb Cake Recipe

Raspberry crumb cake with plates, Maureen AboodI’ve more than mentioned here how seriously we take our raspberry picking Up North. They dazzle, those razzles. Right now the berries are finally so ripe they practically fall off the bush at the mere whisper of “hello,” before …

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Cherries with Parsley, Walnuts, and Pomegranate Vinaigrette


I have been turning out lots (and lots) of pies lately. This, however, is not a post about pie, but anyway: A few of the pies we give away, but most…we eat. That means I’ve also been turning out lots …

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