Hummus with Olives, Pine Nuts and Olive Oil Crostini

Hummus with olives, pine nuts, and crostini

 Hummus with olives, pine nuts, and crostini make for a beautiful, holiday-worthy appetizer. Healthy and luscious and lovely, all in one! Get out the good china! Hummus is rightly an everyday or at least an every-week food. And sometimes the everyday gets (rightly) set aside for the special times, the feasts, the celebrations. But smooth…

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Red Beet Hummus

Red beet hummus with beets and sesame seeds in a bowl

Red beet hummus is both a beautiful and super delicious way to add color and even more nutrients to our daily hummus fix, which is vegan and gluten-free. Make roasted beets or use canned (or even pickled) beets to make it fast and easy. We’re hitting the height of fall color here in Michigan. The…

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Bread and Butter Sweet Pickle Chips

Bread and Butter Sweet Pickle Chicops

My bread and butter sweet pickle chips are so simple to make, but huge on flavor and crunch. The sweet onion is as delicious as the cucumbers in these refrigerator pickles. Here’s the thing about the abundance of the last three months up north in Michigan: Yes, we’ve had that long-awaited access to local fruit…

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Labneh Green Goddess

Labneh Green Goddess with crudite platter

Labneh Green Goddess switches up the traditional mayo/buttermilk dip with labneh, which offers wonderful flavor and tang. And health! You can use any plain labneh or Greek yogurt with any level of fat content. Use tons of herbs and make plenty so you can use your Labneh Green Goddess as a dip, a dressing, or…

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Mini Cheese Flatbreads with Mint

Lebanese cheese flatbreads

These mini cheese flatbreads with mint are a Lebanese tradition, part of the mana’eesh, the man’oushe flatbread family and just one of the many variations of toppings used. I love making cheese flatbreads in little rounds using my fatayar dough recipe, party-ready and so soft and tender. The topping is out-of-this-world flavorful, with halloumi, labne,…

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Fresh Mint Hummus

Fresh Mint Hummus is so fresh and flavorful, we may not ever eat hummus any other way…. Use the same simple hummus ingredients of skinless chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini with a big handful of fresh mint and basil for a hummus that tastes as beautiful as it looks. Finish fresh mint hummus with…

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Toum, Lebanese garlic sauce

Toum garlic sauce in a dish with yellow spatula

Toum, the Lebanese garlic spread people go bonkers over, is an emulsion of garlic and oil. Here are tips based on what I’ve learned about making toum! One great discovery in all of my toum-making is that if you don’t have a food processor, just reach for your whisk. P.S., “toum” is simply the Arabic…

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Pita Bread Recipe

Pita bread made with yogurt on a rack

This pita bread recipe is super reliable and results in gorgeous, pillowy pitas that will wow everyone in your kitchen. I love this pita bread recipe especially because it is brought to us by Molly Yeh, from her Yogurt Short Stack cookbook (get it here!)! Yes, there is yogurt in our pita dough! Yogurt imparts…

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Hummus topped with Spicy Sauteed Red Pepper

Hummus topped with spicy sauteed red peppers

Hummus with spicy sauteed red pepper makes a feast of a lunch. Keep homemade smooth hummus at the ready in the refrigerator, then the red pepper is a snap to prepare. The aroma of the saute is as divine as the hummus topped with red pepper is to eat. This recipe is vegan!, and gluten-free…

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Fried Kibbeh Bites with Tahini Dipping Sauce

Kibbeh bites on a platter with tahini sauce, Maureen Abood

Fried kibbeh bites are so delicious that we make them not just with leftover kibbeh, but with kibbeh made just for this purpose. Perfect with a cocktail.  There always seems to be a question around here about how much to make. Of anything. It doesn’t matter what the dish in question is. We’re in constant:…

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