Tomato Kibbeh

Tomato kibbeh on a blue and white platter with mint and olive oil, Maureen Abood

Tomato kibbeh is a flavorful mix of fine bulgur, onion, herbs, and ripe tomatoes with kibbeh spices. So good, tomato kibbeh might just make you forget the raw meat version…. When he told me he was more or less done with meat, I didn’t believe him. It was last spring, and the brother of mine…

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Simple Raspberry Jam Recipe

Top of Simple Rasbperry Jam in a Ball jar on a blue and white plate with spoon, Maureen Abood

When you pick raspberries the way my clan does, the abundance of fruit leads to an array of aspirational raspberry-laden recipes. In the end, though, it’s the simple raspberry jam recipe that takes over the lion’s share of fruit…the very best way to prolong our raspberry season joy. I love how these preserves do just…

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Spicy Lebanese Salsa

Tomato salsa topped with fresh mint in a bowl, surrounded by pita bread on a platter

Among the many well-known Lebanese flavor makers (the za’atar, the cinnamon and allspice, the mint, and so on), there is a whole world of spicy Lebanese, including spicy Lebanese salsa, that did not find its way into the kitchens Abood (Dad’s family) and Abowd (Mom’s family). My dad was quite clear about where he stood…

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Lebanese Cabbage Slaw, Malfouf Salad

Malfouf salad, MaureenAbood.com

This is a seriously delicious Lebanese, no mayo cole slaw — one we can’t get enough of for its flavor, crunch, and super-duper healthy qualities! While there are many great things to love about living back in Michigan where the extended Lebanese clan is . . . extensive . . . perhaps among greatest of…

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Lebanese Fattoush Salad

A Perfect Fattoush Salad I could eat this salad every single day and still want more! See how it’s done in my video, right here! Get the Fattoush Kit for the vinaigrette here! Find the recipe for the pita chips here. You can add cucumbers and any other vegetables you have on hand to this…

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Homemade Baked Pita Chips

Baked pita chips on a sheet pan

I love baked pita chips — simple to make and a great way to use up the last couple of loaves of pita that seem to hang on! Bake them for a healthier-than-fried version and still just as crunchy, salty, and addictive. I’ve written about cousins in all sorts of ways here (i.e., see this…

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Classic Homemade Hummus Recipe

Smooth hummus in the food processor, Maureen Abood

The Best Homemade Hummus Recipe This is Your Guide to the Best Homemade Hummus Recipe You Can Make or Eat. Because there are so few ingredients in homemade smooth hummus, each one has to be the best. Here are the tricks to getting your homemade hummus to come out smooth and luscious. I’ve been talking,…

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Koosa Fatayer (a.k.a.: savory zucchini pies)

Koosa Fatayar are one of many Lebanese fatayar recipes, little triangular pies with savory fillings. Practice makes perfect in getting the dough pinched very hard along the seams to keep the pies from opening up. Find recipes for spinach fatayar here and meat fatayar here. When one makes a study of literature, as I did…

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Tahini-Date Granola Bars, with Dried Apricots. A strong start.

Tahini date granola bars, MaureenAbood.com

Tahini-date granola bars are chewy, nutty, and have that delicious tangy dried fruit flavor with dried apricots. The tahini combines great with peanut butter, but you can do all tahini, leave out the almonds and go nut-free. Have fun and add other dried fruits, nuts, and seeds–just be sure to keep the same proportions so…

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Lebanese Vegetable Soup with Chickpeas and Kale

Vegetable soup Lebanese style in a bowl

This vegetable soup with chickpeas and kale is hearty with sweet butternut squash, tomatoes, and a hit of cayenne. So warming, healthy, and simple to make–which we do, weekly! Vegan and gluten-free. One frigid, snowy day last winter when Dan was down and out with a cold, his sister Trisha brought over a big tunjura…

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