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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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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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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My Sweetless, Meatless March

Garlicky Lentil Soup, MaureenAbood.com

Easter is late this year. Which means Lent starts late (today). Which means that I have been left far too long out there on my own without this annual tap on the shoulder to stop it already with the constant indulgences. Hey, there were the holidays to celebrate, then an engagement to celebrate (another glass…

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Lebanese Soup & Bread Recipes for cold and blustery days

No matter how you define cold where you live (no judgments here…), there’s no debate about keeping the home fires burning when the chill arrives, or at least the stove, with something warming. Something comforting. Something that eases the freeze and makes it more than okay to hibernate. Michigan winters (that’s what we used to…

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A (simple) New Year’s Menu, and a resolution

Is it just me, or is anyone else kind of worn out right about now? No really good reason for my frayed edges, since the power outage here in Michigan that has kept a lot of families in the cold didn’t, gratefully, hit home. All is well, everyone is well (when they’re not always, you…

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