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Fresh Herb Falafel Wrap, Maureen Abood

Fresh Herb Falafel Pita Wrap

Mother never made that. That’s what mom’s sister, Aunt Pat, said when I talked about the falafel I’d be making with the abundance of fresh herbs we have, along with the peeled fava beans we recently started offering over at Maureen Abood Market. The sisters have been engaged in a dialogue, one that has extended…
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Lebanese Panzanella Salad

Pita chips replace the traditional Italian-style croutons in this Lebanese Panzanella salad. They soak up the precious juice we wouldn’t even consider leaving behind. The mix of lemon with rice vinegar gives the sweet tomatoes the perfect pop of tartness we love so much. Sometimes I think that the whole purpose I am here, back…
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Broiled Apricots with Labneh,

Burnt Sugar Apricots with Labneh, and a must-have book

I’ve written a bit here about the Lebanese love of all things apricot (do you a-pricot or ay-pricot?), and I do wait with baited breath every year for these precious darlings to show their faces. Which is why I’m surprised I never thought of this special, light-touch treatment of them: halve, sprinkle with a pinch…
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Upcoming Book Events, Up North in Michigan!

All spring as I was out promoting the Rose Water & Orange Blossoms cookbook, I was waiting for this moment. That’s not to say it hasn’t been a total pleasure to share my book with the world! But as anyone who has had even a glimpse of summer in northern Michigan knows, this place is…
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Fluffy White Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Fluffy White (Flag) Cake with Buttercream, an adventure

This is the Flag Cake to know and love! Simplify easily by using cake mix but my homemade buttercream is a must! We have a whole bunch of new readers here at Rose Water & Orange Blossoms, which is why I’m both thrilled—and mortified!—to welcome you with . . . cake. Thrilled because, well, you’re…
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Join me this Sunday, June 14th, in NYC!

This is just a quick note while I’m out sharing the Rose Water & Orange Blossoms cookbook to let you know that we have a special event planned this Sunday evening, June 14th, in New York City! Join me at Contrada restaurant in the East Village at 6:30 for an absolutely wonderful menu inspired by…
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Labneh dip with Garlic and Herbs,

Your go-to summer dip: Labneh with Garlic and Herbs

Part of the fun, and good work, of sharing my new Lebanese cookbook with the world is doing interviews (and—thankfully—lots of them). Today, this Very Big Deal was published in The New York Times! Among the many questions that get asked in these interviews, I’ve always been unnecessarily prepared for one of the sort Bon…
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Za'atar Potatoes,

Recipes to Relax with for your Memorial Day Weekend

Seems like Memorial Day has always, always been a getaway time for me. That getaway being, always, Up North in Michigan. It’s the kick-off, with complete excitement, for all that is summer in Michigan. If you live here, or you’ve been here, no further explanation is needed. But if you came to northern Michigan just…
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Grapefruit Mimosa,

A Mother’s Day Menu, Lebanese-Style

Along the book promo trail, someone said to me recently that it’s as though I’ve given birth to my own baby, my book. It’s kind of embarrassing to say it does feel a little that way. A little, it does. I suppose this is true of artists and their creative endeavors. We gestate, we make…
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Lebanese Fattah

Lebanese Fattah: Chickpeas, pita chips, and labneh with garnishes

If I had a pita chip for every time in the last year that I discovered or developed a new Lebanese recipe that I wish could have been in my cookbook, I might have enough chips to fill a big bowl for fattah. I’m happy to report that even though the fattah is just coming…
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Maureen Abood in the kitchen

I'm so glad you're here! You'll find among these pages the fresh and classic Lebanese recipes we can't get enough of! My mission is to share my tried + true recipes -- and to help our Lebanese food-loving community keep these culinary traditions alive and on the table. What recipes are you looking for? Let me know!

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