More about me . . .

This website began as a blog where I wrote stories about my life, family, and FOOD! Similar stories and recipes of mine have been published in a wide variety of special places, something I am proud of and excited about because our food has not always been so visible as it is becoming now. From there I published my cookbook, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. I’ve been humbled by the ongoing overwhelming reception my book has received, especially because that means so many of us share the same passion for these recipes, stories, family, and gathering around the table together.

My husband Dan Shaheen and I both come from big Lebanese families who are all about hospitality, TLC, gratitude, and gathering together whenever possible. Dan is everyone's favorite and especially mine! Also: he's my top taste tester!

All of these well-developed and rigorously tested recipes are made better with the right ingredients and tools. You will find opportunities to explore and buy my highly curated product collection throughout this site, including Lebanese olive oils, spices, flower waters, pomegranate molasses, preserves, and much much more. Gift-giving is a favorite of our community, so you will always find a fresh and exciting collection of gifts to send to your people with pride. My super-talented sister Peggy Abood works with me on making the shop all that it is and importing specialty products from Lebanese makers.

Thanks so much for being here, and know that just as most every Lebanese woman I know loves to do, I’m welcoming you with a warm hug and a plate of something good to eat as you come to my table.

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