Lebanese Green Bean Stew (yahneh or lubieh)

Lebanese green bean stew (yahneh or lubieh) is even better on day two, so it’s a perfect make-ahead traditional Lebanese recipe. Also works great with leftover roast. Serve with Lebanese rice, the recipe is here. This post comes to us from my sister Peggy, our  Lebanese green bean stew yahnieh-maker extraordinaire… As the youngest of…

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Lebanese Tomato Salad. Let juice run down your chin.

There’s no simpler, more beloved salad than Lebanese tomato salad. Tomatoes inspired my writing from the start, and that would explain why it made the cover of my cookbook! Use ripe summer tomatoes, of course, and fresh and dried mint to make this a perfect salad. In winter, I still go for it using little…

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Pickled Turnips, and an introduction to Aunt Hilda

One of the first recipes posted here, Lebanese turnip pickles, or lift, are always on the table as a piquant addition to Lebanese breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Lebanese turnip pickles are very simple to make and can be adjusted to suit your taste–spicy, garlicky, or not! The Abood sisters, my aunts, had talents. Helen sang…

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Lebanese Stuffed Koosa

Lebanese Stuffed Koosa topped with labneh

Stuffed Koosa. Are you a Koosa? Lebanese Stuffed Koosa is a traditional dish of light green summer squash stuffed with a meat and rice mixture, cooked in deeply savory tomato broth. Can’t find koosa? That’s just fine; use zucchini or yellow squash for delicious results. Many of us at some point or another have called…

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Yogurt Cucumber Salad with Mint

Laban khiyar, or yogurt-cucumber salad, is a healthy, cool and refreshing Lebanese favorite — perfect with kibbeh, grilled meats and vegetables, tomato salad . . . or simply on its own. This is one of the first posts made on this blog, with a recipe that is integral to the Lebanese table. When I’ve envisioned…

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