Why Great Olive Oil Should Always be on the Menu

Olive oil mashed potatoes

Someone asked me recently, what are my top three pantry items? The first was easy: great extra virgin olive oil. The second: infused extra virgin olive oil. The third: kosher salt. We cook and drizzle and bake and drizzle some more with olive oil, every single day and even more when we’re cooking for a…

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Lebanese Summer Salads

The Lebanese sure have a way with salads…brighten your menus with these favorite Lebanese Summer Salads using all kinds of fresh herbs and vegetables (and fruit!). And, make them even better with excellent Pomegranate Molasses, Mint Salts and other Lebanese spices, and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil from Maureen Abood Market! Black cherry salad with walnuts, parsley,…

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End of Summer (it’ll be okay!) Lebanese Recipes

What? Labor Day weekend is here? I¹m not going to cry about it (too much): Thankfully the bounty that is September across much of the northern Hemisphere eases our pain that summer came and went already, giving us the greatest comfort food you can make or eat. Here are some of my favorite Lebanese recipes…

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Recipes to Relax with for your Memorial Day Weekend

Za'atar Potatoes, MaureenAbood.com

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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A Mother’s Day Menu, Lebanese-Style

Grapefruit Mimosa, MaureenAbood.com

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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Valentine’s Day Recipes. Very sweet.

I’m thinking my inherent tic against all things cliché is owing to having been a lit major, a lit junkie programmed to ruthlessly weed those bad boys out of my writing. Perhaps it started there, but then it creeped into to pretty much every other aspect of life, from spoken word to interior design: no…

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Pie, Tart, and Galette recipes for Thanksgiving

Stack of favorite pie plates, Maureen Abood

  I’ve always enjoyed the menu daydream, wherein I allow myself to gaze away from the computer for a moment and construct a luscious meal, soup to nuts. In my Chicago office, that took place out the 8th floor window looking north across Monroe Street. Now, thanks God, the view is out the kitchen window…

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Lebanese summer salad recipes (and many ways to eat your mint)

Quinoa Tabbouleh, MaureenAbood.com

    Lebanese salad recipes are bright, light, and always high on flavor. Plenty of crunch too. Oh, and don’t forget the mint! It’s everywhere in Lebanese recipes, especially summer salads, most of which happily end in the word “mint.” As you collect all of the good stuff we’ve been waiting for all year from…

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Lebanese Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend

Up North here in Michigan, Harbor Springs loves a good parade, even the very short one that passes by at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day each year (a foil to the giant 4th of July parade a few short weeks later). The veterans line up and the high school band sounds its stirring, mournful drumbeat…

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Lebanese-inspired, protein-rich breakfasts

I’ve waxed, and then waned, on the subject of breakfast more than once here (like this), and a lot more than once over the course of…well, a lifetime. Breakfast has ruled me the way the croissant dough wants to rule the rolling pin. At a certain point you have to shake the big pin in…

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