(Much!) Easier Spanakopita

Easier spanakopita in a pan

Spanakopita is traditionally made by buttering layer after layer of phyllo. No more! Try my (much!) easier Spanakopita using my super simple hack. This is a recipe my Sitto learned at her Greek Orthodox Church and shared with me. The original includes the best of everything, and my original post went to the heart of…

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Lebanese Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes

Lebanese eggplant on a blue platter with tahini sauce

We do them so well! There are many Lebanese vegetarian and vegan recipes to love and to make again and again. Here are some favorites. All-Star Salads. Village Salad. With a twist: apple, honey. Malfouf Salad, ultra-flavorful no-mayo slaw. Tomato Salad with Mint. This is on the cover of my cookbook! Lebanese Potato Salad. Lemony.…

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Avocado Hummus

Avocado hummus with olive oil and sumac in a round dish

Avocado hummus takes the best of two worlds–smooth, luscious hummus and silky, healthy avocado–to create flavor and texture magic! Find chickpeas with the peels already removed, along with excellent tahini and sumac, at my online shop here. I’ve always been a critic of anything labeled “hummus” that doesn’t include the very basis of hummus: chickpeas.…

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How to Make Great Tahini Sauce

Tahini sauce in a bowl with a whisk

Great tahini sauce finds itself on so many of our favorite dishes, from Lebanese shawarma to falafel. Learn how to make tahini sauce with the method that results in a smooth, glossy, delicious sauce. Shop my online market here for excellent tahini (not all are created equally!). You would think that making tahini sauce is…

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Lebanese Village Salad

Lebanese Village Salad in a bowl

Lebanese Village Salad is a chopped vegetable salad. The ingredients are so flexible! Mine contains a special twist with chopped apple and a honey vinaigrette. At the top of the traditional Lebanese salad list is the Village Salad. This chopped salad typically includes cucumber, tomato, and onion. From there, the palette is as varied as…

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Tips for choosing and storing most-used produce

Pickling cucumbers in a gratin dish on the counter

Tips for choosing and storing most-used produce, especially the ones we buy loose. Lettuce in plastic boxes holds just fine that way in the fridge, but your cukes and tomatoes and other produce need different treatment.   Tomatoes: In winter, go for cherry or small tomatoes for best flavor. Store at room temperature for best…

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Easy Figgy Baked Brie

Baked Brie on a wood board

This is a must-know appetizer, Easy Figgy Baked Brie. Make for an  elegant cocktail party or a  quiet party of a family few. Always festive, fun, delectable. And easy! We love to have an evening of cocktails and “heavy apps.” This means the food will be so sumptuous, so inviting and satisfying that no dinner…

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Best Pie Crust Tips

Apple pie on a rack with sugar and spoon

My best pie crust tips will get you to fabulous for your pie crusts, every time. My favorite pie crust recipes, which happen to be vegan, result in flakey, golden crusts ready for every filling you can imagine. Oil-based Crust My two favorite crusts are both oil-based but both different. Every year I laud the…

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Za’atar Crackers

Za'atar Crackers on a sheet pan

If you love za’atar flatbread but want an easier way, Za’atar Crackers are for you! Perfect for a cheese plate or to dip in hummus, labneh, or muhummara red pepper-walnut dip. Here’s the thing about za’atar crackers: they are in essence a shortcut to the most traditional way to eat za’atar, which is man’oushe flatbread.…

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Garlic Tahini Eggplant

Lebanese eggplant on a blue platter with tahini sauce

Garlic Tahini Eggplant is simply sauteed and dressed with tahini sauce, a Lebanese recipe favorite. Studded with pomegranate seeds and mint, and you’ve got showstopper beauty and flavor. I love the notes you write to me. So many of them speak to how a recipe or a story or memory I’ve shared inspires a recipe,…

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