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Date Ma'moul Cookies with powdered sugar

Sitto’s Date Ma’moul

Date Ma’moul are traditional Lebanese shortbread cookies that are molded and filled. There are different shapes of molds, meant to indicate the different types of fillings. Walnuts, pistachios, and date paste are the classic fillings. Date Ma’moul is made for special occasions and holidays. Find the highest quality mold, custom made, along with specialty ingredients…
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Sfeha flatbread on a cooling rack

Sfeha Flatbreads

Sfeha flatbreads are traditional Lebanese soft flatbread topped with highly seasoned meat. Sfeha are also commonly made into small open-faced square hand pies. As with so many inventions, necessity is its mother. My obsession with sfeha (SFEE-huh) began on my trip to Lebanon in 2012. I had not even sought out the world of Ba’albek…
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Apple pie on a rack with sugar and spoon

Best Pie Crust Tips

My best pie crust tips will get you to fabulous for your pie crusts, every time. My favorite pie crust recipes, which happen to be vegan, result in flakey, golden crusts ready for every filling you can imagine. Oil-based Crust My two favorite crusts are both oil-based but both different. Every year I laud the…
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Za'atar Crackers on a sheet pan

Za’atar Crackers

If you love za’atar flatbread but want an easier way, Za’atar Crackers are for you! Perfect for a cheese plate or to dip in hummus, labneh, or muhummara red pepper-walnut dip. Here’s the thing about za’atar crackers: they are in essence a shortcut to the most traditional way to eat za’atar, which is man’oushe flatbread.…
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Salted nuts in a white bowl

Butter Toasted Nuts

Butter toasted nuts are a simple but essential technique for outrageously delicious nuts to finish a wide variety of Lebanese dishes. There are so many great ways to finish a dish in Lebanese cooking: a dusting of spice, a drizzle of olive oil, a handful of chopped fresh herbs, or a fabulous sprinkling of salty,…
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Lebanese eggplant on a blue platter with tahini sauce

Garlic Tahini Eggplant

Garlic Tahini Eggplant is simply sauteed and dressed with tahini sauce, a Lebanese recipe favorite. Studded with pomegranate seeds and mint, and you’ve got showstopper beauty and flavor. I love the notes you write to me. So many of them speak to how a recipe or a story or memory I’ve shared inspires a recipe,…
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Purple eggplant in a footed dish on a marble countertop, Maureen Abood

How to Choose an Eggplant

Follow these few simple tips to selecting beautiful eggplant, for fabulous Lebanese and other favorite dishes. Why we love eggplant. The deep purple hue and voluptuous shape of eggplant put it in the upper echelons of truly gorgeous produce. Of course there’s plenty of competition everywhere you turn at the farmer’s market. But purple is…
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Spoon dipped into a honey jar

What is Raw Honey?

Raw honey is a delicious and healthy part of every day in my kitchen. What sets it apart from the others? Most of the honey you find in grocery stores is processed and pasteurized. The high heat kills germs, removes crystallization, and extends the shelf life of honey. BUT, many of the beneficial nutrients of…
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Fine and coarse bulgur side by side in a blue bowl

What is Bulgur?

Bulgur is a staple of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, used in dishes like tabbouleh. This grain one of the healthiest you can eat for its nutrient-rich qualities. Find bulgur, both fine and coarse, here.   What is bulgur? Bulgur is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, as it has been for thousands of years.…
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Dry freekeh in a blue dish

What is Freekeh?

What is freekeh? Read why freekeh is such a fabulous grain and a building block of the Mediterranean Diet. Buy excellent roasted organic freekeh here. What is freekeh? Freekeh is an ancient whole grain originating in the Middle East. It’s a grain of roasted young green wheat, chewy and substantial to the bite. It is…
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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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