Salted Tahini Avocado Toast

Salted Tahini Avocado Toast on a blue floral plate with blue linen napkin.

Salted Tahini Avocado Toast is among my favorite ways to a hearty, healthy, delicious toast. There are few ingredients in this toast, barely touched, so every one of them matters and should be the best you can find. “You should make them your chicken wings. Or better yet, my rocking hot chili. I can’t believe…

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Melon with Fresh Mint Syrup, a thank-you note

Ripe honeydew melon with a cup of fresh mint syrup and lemon wedges, on a white plate, Maureen Abood.com

Melon with fresh mint syrup makes a beautiful and delicious morning! The fresh mint syrup is a simple way to make your melon special. Add lemon or lime wedges for that all-important squeeze of tartness. My parents were always big proponents of the thank-you note. My dad would say you don’t need fancy stationery; his…

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Recipe

Quinoia tabbouleh with mint, onion, tomato, and parsley on a white platter, MaureenAbood.com

I’ve been so offended by so many tabboulehs over the years, that I must be the de facto tabbouleh police by now. I know you know what I’m talking about: those grain-heavy salads that offer a fleck of parsley here, a precious leaf of mint there. Is it laziness that has prompted the phenomenon? It…

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Homemade Power Bars Recipe: Apricot Almond

Power bars, energy bars, call them what you will: they’ve long been a fixture in my gym bag, my handbag, or any bag toting my essentials. I considered them essentials primarily because round about 4 p.m., just before an evening run or workout, I’d be crashing hungry from not having eaten an adequate breakfast (or…

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Homemade Falafel Recipe

Falafel on a blue plate with dipping sauce

Watch my video for homemade falafel on YouTube right HERE! Begin making the falafel a day in advance to soak the chickpeas and fava beans. You can make the tahini sauce in advance up to three days. An ice cream scoop works great as an alternative to a specialty falafel scoop, but be careful not…

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Baba Gannouj Recipe, a super bowl…

Baba Gannouj on a plate with pomegranate seeds

Baba Gannouj, the incredibly simple and delicious Lebanese eggplant dip, is seasoned with garlic and tahini–a perfect dip for pita chips and vegetables. If you are one of what now seems to be the very few people stateside who has weather that permits you to walk from your back door to the grill: God bless…

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Citrus Salad Recipe, and a new Middle Eastern cookbook

  Holiday gatherings of our family have always included my mom’s special touches at breakfast. Her favorite of all the citrus fruits is grapefruit, and she painstakingly segments pink grapefruit after pink grapefruit to yield her big bowl of glistening fruit to make our breakfast table a celebration. Only someone (Mom. Me. Peg. If any…

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Apple Chips, and an aunt learns how to field trip

I had just driven downstate from Up North, and my nephew came in the door from school. I started pinging him with my usual questions, had it been a music day or phys ed, Spanish or library? Any field trips coming up? Yes, tomorrow! he said. The apple orchard! I launched into how I’d just…

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Pre-Peeled Chickpeas. A homemade hummus game-changer.

Peeled Chickpeas, Maureen Abood Market

The first time I went to the Symposium for Professional Food Writers at the Greenbrier, I walked into the grand dining room (think of the biggest chandelier you’ve ever seen, in green and black crystal) on the first night for dinner. The hostess took us, each one as we arrived, to the round tables of…

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