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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Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Grilled Chicken Shawarma Skewers with red onion on a sheet pan

Grilled chicken shawarma is the perfect recipe for summer cookouts: easy, healthy, and incredibly flavorful. You’ll put this one on repeat performance all season long. Steak. Shish Kebab. BBQ Chicken. Steak. Shish Kebab. BBQ Chicken. It’s a kind of grilling rut I’ve noticed in recent summers. Granted, this is a “rut” of delicious dinners, but…

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Koosa in Yogurt Sauce

Koosa squash cooked in yogurt

Koosa in yogurt sauce is light green squash cored and filled, then poached in a rich, savory sauce of yogurt and mint. Kibbeh is also wonderful made this same way; find that recipe here. Get the finest koosa corer made here, at MaureenAboodMarket.com. Watch my video on koosa-making here. When I think about my kitchen…

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Roasted Chicken Fattoush

Roasted Chicken Fattoush

Roasted Chicken Fattoush with croutons roasted along with the chicken makes for a decadent/healthy combo! My take on the dish that put Zuni Cafe on the map. Get the ingredients that will make your fattoush divine at MaureenAboodMarket.com. Roasted chicken fattoush may not be the first thought any of us has when we think “Fat…

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Kibbeh Sahnieh in a Round Pan

Kibbeh sahnieh in a round pan, cut in diamonds

Learn here how to cut a round kibbeh sahnieh into diamonds! To make this classic Lebanese kibbeh sahnieh, use a large pan, 14-16 inches, and layer the kibbeh with a lemony meat and onion filling. Bake and broil until deep golden brown, and you’re golden too! While I’ve been diving in whenever possible lately to…

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Pomegranate Glazed Leg of Lamb

Pomegranate glazed leg of lamb

Pomegranate glazed leg of lamb gets its tremendous flavor from a short marinade, then a glaze of sweet-tart pomegranate molasses toward the end of roasting. This lamb recipe is absolutely made for special occasions like Easter. The pomegranate glaze lends a glisten to the lamb, worthy of carving at the table for all to see.…

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Kibbeh in Yogurt Sauce, Kibbeh bi Laban

Lebanese Kibbeh in Yogurt Sauce, Maureen Abood.com

Kibbeh with yogurt sauce is such a luscious way to prepare Lebanese kibbeh. The little kibbeh balls, or arras kibbeh, are poached in laban or yogurt which is seasoned with lots of dried mint. Topping the kibbeh with yogurt sauce with garlicky olive oil infused with fresh parsley and mint is sophisticated, beautiful, and delicious.…

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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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Lebanese Eggplant Boats, another Sheik al Mehsheh

Lebanese eggplant boats in tomato sauce topped with cheese and pine nuts, in a white casserole, Maureen Abood

Lebanese eggplant boats are the traditional way to make Sheik al mehsheh, a meal “fit for a king”! Serve the eggplant over a bed of cinnamon-scented rice with a crisp, lemony romaine salad on the side. This dish is easily made ahead, as well as casserole-style. For some reason, our Lebanese eggplant, or Sheik al…

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