Rose Water & Orange Blossoms, the cookbook!

Rose Water & Orange Blossoms Cookbook Purchase your copy of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen at Maureen Abood Market here! Buy a Signed Cookbook As Featured In About the book As my family, friends, and those of you who’ve been with me here on the Rose Water &…

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Orange Blossom Pecan Pie

Orange Blossom Pecan Pie slice

Rich, brown-sugary pecan pie is made better with very toasty pecans and a whisper of orange blossom water. The flavor is as beautiful as it sounds: Orange Blossom Pecan Pie. A shocking moment occurred during the development of this pecan pie recipe. My tester group (Dan and sons) was miffed when I brought plates of…

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Orange Blossom Gin Fizz

Orange Blossom Gin Fizz

The classic Gin Fizz is made even better with a whisper of orange blossom. The froth on top makes for one of the prettiest cocktails you can serve. A post from Peggy Abood. When Maureen and I first started talking about sharing cocktail recipes with you, she said we have to do some that are…

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Orange Blossom

Chocolate crinkle cookies with orange blossom on a silpat

Classic chocolate crinkle cookies with orange blossom is a perfect combo: deep, double chocolate flavor with the gentle addition of orange blossom water. Make ahead the dough and freeze the balls to bake off when you’re ready. I haven’t seen a chocolate crinkle cookie on a holiday plate, or made them myself, in a long…

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Warm Salted Caramel Sauce with Orange Blossom

Warm salted caramel sauce with orange blossom, with a plate of apples and salt

Homemade salted caramel sauce is simple to make–mine includes a whisper of orange blossom water, so delicious with the caramel flavor. Serve the caramel sauce with sliced apples and more sea salt to garnish. It’s also wonderful over ice cream, apple pie, apple cake, banana bread, and anywhere else you like your caramel. The dinner…

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Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Orange Blossom

The ultimate ice cream! This recipe for Salted Caramel Ice Cream is adapted from my favorite ice cream book, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. My ice cream maker of choice is this one. The base is made without eggs, but uses cream cheese for flavor and texture. Making the caramel takes close attention; read…

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Lavender-Orange Blossom Shortbread Recipe (Lebanese Graybeh)

Lebanese graybeh are a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies. They take beautifully to the flavor combination of lavender and orange blossom! I recently spoke to a group of high school students about life as a writer. They were having a whole week of writerly immersion, to encourage the idea that writing isn’t just about that pain-in-the-neck…

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