The St. Germain Cocktail

Think of it: the essence of elderflowers distilled into a liqueur, brought to you in an unusual, many-sided bottle, boxed in a shade of blue-green with gold that makes you believe that today is actually situated somewhere in the mid-1920’s. It sounds dazzling, and it tastes ever so. The St. Germain cocktail made its way…

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Lebanese wine, and tasting Lebanon.

My itinerary for my recent trip to Lebanon included wineries, at the top of the list. I had lots of reasons for wanting to visit Lebanon’s wine country: the beauty of the vineyards that I hoped would be akin to those I’d seen in California, France, and Italy; the chance to learn more about the…

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Another Favorite Thing: Vinturi Wine Aerater

The more I learn about wine, the more I see why I have always had such an affinity for it—at least since my college years, when we drank bad, cheap red wine late at night at Club 23 in South Bend and thought it was the bomb. Wine needs space and room to breathe so…

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Favorite Things: Wine Glasses

The thing about wine glasses is that I am a believer in the notion that the size, shape and material of a glass makes a difference in the wine-drinking experience…yet I love to buy, display and drink from wine glasses of all shapes and sizes just because they are lovely and fun to collect (from…

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Warm Almond-Stuffed Dates with Lime Zest; a California story

Warm Almond Stuffed Dates with Lime Zest, MaureenAbood.com

Warm almond-stuffed dates with lime zest are the absolute simplest, most sophisticated appetizer in my repertoire. Everyone loves them for their deep caramel-like flavor, even the date-wary! Every day at Tante Marie’s, the best of our plates were saved for a special friend of the house. We took pains to be certain that he received…

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Pita Crisps with Labne & Za’atar

You’d think I’d have appetizers on the brain like all of the other food writers because of the Super Bowl this weekend. While what we’re making certainly qualifies as game-day delicious, I’m thinking of them for other reasons entirely. Instead, I’ve got wedding on the brain. Brother Tom and the lovely Amara will marry this…

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Lebanese Café Blanc with Honey. Plus snack.

The root cause may be stress, a.k.a. my personality, or my genetic cocktail, or a combination of the two, but the bottom line is: my constitution can be, well, sensitive. Took me a while to figure out that a change in diet can do a body good, and once I got on board with that,…

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Porch time: Strawberry Rose Lemonade (Part II)

This post and story about Strawberry Rose Lemonade was the first on my blog years ago! Click here for Part 1. Thank you to my special assistant John. Enjoy! If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this life, it’s that for every joy there is a sorrow. The Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran’s “On Joy and…

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Strawberry Rose Lemonade

Strawberries for lemonade

This was my very first blog post here! I wrote it in two installments…the recipe for my Strawberry Rose Lemonade is HERE! Hello and welcome! Since this blog is named for two of my favorite flavors in Lebanese cuisine—the essence of roses and orange blossoms, distilled in water—it seems only fitting that we kick things…

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