Roasted red pepper-walnut dip, Muhammara

Muhammara, roasted red bell pepper dip with pita bread

Roasted red pepper-walnut dip, muhammara, has such great texture (thanks pank0!) and flavor (love you, pomagranate molasses!). Muhammara is always a winner–you’ll be handing out the recipe left and right…. I honestly had barely heard of let alone made muhammara when I worked as an intern at Boulette’s Larder in San Francisco. I had just…

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Ingredient: Red Bell Peppers

Back in August, I went to Bill’s Farm Market up here in search of red bell peppers. There weren’t any in Bill’s bins, so I asked after them. Won’t be for a good month, Bill said. You can go out in the fields and take some pictures then. He knows me by now. So I…

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Quick Mixed Pickles

Quick Mixed Pickle jars are an essential part of our everyday eating. These are crunchy, flavorful, and beautiful. My recipe is for quick pickles, which must be stored in the refrigerator. Something serious happened recently up north: the season changed. It’s not just the temperature, the coolness in the air, though that plays a part.…

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Ingredient: Produce, the mother lode

This is the kind of post that defines the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words. It’s August and everywhere there is color, abundance, ripe flavor…it’s all self-evident, isn’t it? But I will say just a few, if not a thousand, words. We’ll talk more later this week about the tremendous art of…

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Whitefish dinner: New potatoes with dill

Your whitefish dinner simply has to include potatoes…but I do mean simply. Boiled new potatoes often find themselves on a plate next to whitefish, but sometimes they taste downright blah. No more blah potatoes! Cooked properly–in salted water and never overcooked–your new potatoes will taste great through and through. Toss with some chopped herbs like…

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Ingredient: Little coosa, little summer squash

It’s true that the Lebanese love to stuff it—grape leaves, cabbage, coosa. The coosa refers to a particular light green, medium-sized squash that is sweet, tender, and so good. But they’re difficult to find, so we turn also to traditional zucchini and yellow summer squash, which are succulent too. Last week I was strolling down…

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A July Menu: Delicious Lebanese Vegan

Fried cauliflower with tahini sauce

A friend of mine told me recently about a wonderful dinner she and her husband enjoyed at the home of some friends. The friends are strict vegans, and so was the meal–which was a first for my friend. She wants to reciprocate with a vegan dinner she cooks at home and wondered what ideas I…

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Radish & arugula salad. Here let us feast.

Radish and Arugula Salad,

When the landlady at the first apartment I lived in with my sister in Chicago told us she was selling the old grey stone and it was time for us to move on, I was excited about the prospect of something new and different. That is, until I discovered what moving really meant. For me,…

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Serious Garlic Sauce, or Toum

The first time I had ever heard of toum—the crazy good, strong garlic sauce that is a ubiquitous Middle Eastern condiment for kebabs and other barbecued meats—was just a few years ago. I had recently met my friend Janet, a powerhouse food writer whose husband is Lebanese, and she asked me, don’t you just love…

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