2015 Favorite Cookbooks

What a year for cookbooks! Seems like I feel that way most every year about cookbooks. Not so for fashion, or even food trends (cronut?), but the array of cookbook offerings just never disappoint. In the world of publishing, there are two seasons: spring and fall. Rose Water & Orange Blossoms was a spring release…

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Upcoming Book Signings + Events!

Lebanese cookbook by Maureen Abood

Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen has hit the ground running, and the events for the book are great fun. It’s been wonderful meeting many of you and sharing the path of my blog and book, and the delights of Lebanese cuisine. I would love to see you…

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Introducing Maureen Abood Market, Lebanese Ingredients to love

Peeled Chickpeas, Maureen Abood Market

For my dad growing up, working at Aboods Food Market meant missing plenty of good fun. Saturdays and any day school was out, he and his brothers were expected to show up in one place and one place only: the market. Shelves needed stocking, butchery needed butchering, and customers needed a smile—with quality, quality, quality.…

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Favorite Things: Coconut Extract (the real deal)

When you love coconut, you want to taste coconut. It took me years to understand that my coconut cream pies were just okay, and tasted more like vanilla custard pie with a little bit of coconutty chew rather than like truly tropical coconut cream. With all of the time I’ve spent in Florida (read: piña…

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Favorite Things: A roller rolling pin

Unlike my mother, I have never been much of a collector. Her mind takes just about anything she loves and turns it into a collector’s odyssey, a search-and-find presence of mind that is always with her. She’s done it with antique teacups, with her Fostoria glass, a slew of teapots, flow blue china and porcelain…

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Favorite Things: A Fondue Set

I have been lusting after a fondue set for years now. I thought when we moved out of Wagon Wheel Lane that my mother’s harvest gold, mid-70s fondue pot would turn up for me to claim as my own, but we never saw it with the big clear-out. I shouldn’t have been as surprised as…

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Favorite Things: Angled Measuring Cups

Measuring is serious business, especially when you’re baking. Most of us don’t use our Salter scales every time we add an ingredient to the mix, so the right measuring cups are important. My mom was the one who first started using the angled measure, and once I got a hold of them, well, she had…

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