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Rose Water with pink raspberry buttercream

How to use Rose Water

Find out more about how to use  rose water in cooking and baking! We love this  special Lebanese culinary tradition. Find pure imported flower waters in my shop here. We just HAVE to kick off February and spring with an ode to the beautiful Lebanese tradition of baking with flower waters. Their  flavor is iconic,…
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7 Spice chicken on a platter held in hands

Simple 7 Spice Chicken

Simple 7 Spice chicken yields deep golden color with mouthwatering flavor. Purchase excellent 7 Spice in my shop here. This Simple 7 Spice Chicken recipe came to life out of my correction of a chicken-rut. For years, for a lifetime, I have exclusively made my mom’s oven fried chicken any time I’m roasting bone-in, skin-on…
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Lebanese Village Salad in a bowl

Lebanese Village Salad

Lebanese Village Salad is a chopped vegetable salad. The ingredients are so flexible! Mine contains a special twist with chopped apple and a honey vinaigrette. At the top of the traditional Lebanese salad list is the Village Salad. This chopped salad typically includes cucumber, tomato, and onion. From there, the palette is as varied as…
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Pickling cucumbers in a gratin dish on the counter

Tips for choosing and storing most-used produce

Tips for choosing and storing most-used produce, especially the ones we buy loose. Lettuce in plastic boxes holds just fine that way in the fridge, but your cukes and tomatoes and other produce need different treatment.   Tomatoes: In winter, go for cherry or small tomatoes for best flavor. Store at room temperature for best…
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Olive oil loaf cake with white glaze on a rack

Olive Oil Cake

Olive oil cake is ultra-tender and moist, with added richness from yogurt in the mix. Why bake a cake with olive oil, you ask? I have asked same. Cakes, even our standard cake mixes, often call for oil in the mix. The reason: oil makes for a tender, moist crumb. Typically oil-based cake recipes call…
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Baked Brie on a wood board

Easy Figgy Baked Brie

This is a must-know appetizer, Easy Figgy Baked Brie. Make for an  elegant cocktail party or a  quiet party of a family few. Always festive, fun, delectable. And easy! We love to have an evening of cocktails and “heavy apps.” This means the food will be so sumptuous, so inviting and satisfying that no dinner…
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Mujadara in a pot on the stove

Most Popular Lebanese Recipes of 2021

Here are my most popular Lebanese recipes of 2021, the recipes you–and there are LOTS of you!–visited most. Let’s get inspired by these for the New Year ahead! 20: Mixed Nut Hushweh Rice Pilaf She made everything special, and her rice is indeed that. Studded with mushrooms and pine nuts, this rice belongs at the…
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Chocolate Peppermint Graybeh on a sheetpan

Chocolate Peppermint Graybeh

This traditional Lebanese butter cookie is here in a whole new flavor combo. Chocolate Peppermint Graybeh will be the darling of your cookie platter and swap! Try classic graybeh with this recipe. This is the little Christmas that could. Could…find clever ways to impart chocolate goodness to that which it has not known before. There…
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Chocolate baklava cut in a pan

Chocolate Baklava

Baklawa  (baklava) fans, get ready for this: CHOCOLATE  BAKLAVA! I devised my recipe for deep chocolate flavor while maintaining the crisp phyllo texture and buttery nutty notes that are hallmarks of great baklawa. Please hear me out. My chocolate baklava dreams began many years ago. This was back when the children in the family, my…
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Cranberry Sauce Parfait in a dish

Bonus Cranberry Parfait

This simple “leftovers” way with cranberry sauce is dreamy goodness, a Bonus Cranberry Parfait. Try my mom’s incredible Cranberry Sauce with Rose Water & Pistachios here. I think of this recipe as one to be done after Thanksgiving, as a great way to use leftover cranberry sauce. But that title, “leftover,” just seems so unfair,…
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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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