Lebanese-Style Chili

Lebanese-style chili gets its fabulous flavor from 7 Spice blend (find it here) together with chili powder. Our favorite legume–chickpeas!–is front and center. Finish with a dollop of labneh and a shower of fresh mint. My family is probably not unusual with our fervent conversations in the category of who-makes-what-best. One such conversation about chili–methods,…

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Shish Tawook, Grilled Chicken Skewers

Chicken Shish Tawook on skewers

Shish Tawook is a beloved Lebanese dish of grilled chicken skewers. So tender, and huge on flavor! The marinade is key, with several spices in a yogurt base imparting flavor through-and-through.  Oh how the Lebanese love their grills! This juicy, highly seasoned grilled chicken recipe is a traditional favorite. “Shish Tawook” means chicken skewers, and…

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Lebanese Grilled Kafta

Lebanese kafta on a platter

Lebanese Grilled Kafta is like a meatball, flavored with onion and spices, formed on a skewer, then grilled. One of the many grill recipes the Lebanese are famous for! Even though a good hamburger is always, well, good!, I usually have plenty to critique: not enough flavor, too much between the bun to bite into,…

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Cabbage Rolls in Tomato Broth

Cabbage rolls with tomato on a platter

The most traditional, most beloved stuffed Lebanese cabbage rolls in tomato broth are easy to make following these simple steps. To make my Garlicky Cabbage Rolls in a water-based broth, click here. So many cultures have their version of a cabbage roll, and with good reason. Cabbage makes the perfect wrapper for fillings, especially the…

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Killer Kofta Bites

kofta in a dish with tahini sauce

Killer Kofta Bites are a play on one of the all-time greatest spiced meats of the world, kofta kebab. Kofta is typically loaded onto a skewer, grilled, and eaten with tahini sauce or toum, bread and trimmings. My kofta bites are loaded with fresh herbs and spices (find them in my shop here!) and baked.…

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Mixed Nut Rice Pilaf, Lebanese Hushweh

Rice pilaf with nuts in a yellow dish held by two hands

This Mixed Nut Rice Pilaf is a version of the classic Lebanese dish, hushweh, and our weekly go-to. The “fried” or toasted nuts are a salty, incredibly flavorful topping to the rice, which is packed with savory beef and chicken. Everyone loves this dish for its deliciousness and ease, a winner. It’s true that I…

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Apricot Chicken Recipe

Apricot chicken in a roasting pan with roasted apricots

This fabulous Apricot Chicken Recipe uses fresh apricots. The roasting method results in juicy roasted skinless, boneless chicken. I was rushing to make a dinner that both my mom and my nephew would like to eat. The chicken breasts seemed harmless enough, and I’ve been schooling myself this summer on how not to dry out…

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Pomegranate Marinated Flank Steak

Grilled flank steak slices on a sheet pan with grilled peppers

Pomegranate marinated flank steak makes for a balanced sweet-tart flavor, a superior glossy glaze on the grilled steak, and a crave-worthy dipping sauce. Get the pomegranate molasses at MaureenAboodMarket.com here. One of the first dinners I remember cooking for friends, with no mom there to supervise or lend a helping hand, was flank steak on…

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Garlicky Sumac Shrimp Grill

Garlicky Sumac Shrimp skewers on a blue plate

Garlicky Sumac Shrimp Grill is ON for summer dinners alfresco. Everything about this gluten-free recipe is quick: a fast 30-minute marinade, and just 6 minutes on the grill will get you an incredibly delicious, healthy, party-worthy dish. “Nothing says a party like shrimp!” That’s my brother Tom’s line, circa a good many years ago, in…

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