What is Bulgur?

Fine and coarse bulgur side by side in a blue bowl

Bulgur is a staple of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, used in dishes like tabbouleh. This grain one of the healthiest you can eat for its nutrient-rich qualities. Find bulgur, both fine and coarse, here.   What is bulgur? Bulgur is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, as it has been for thousands of years.…

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Lentil Bulgur Soup with Mint Olive Oil

Bowl of lentil tomato soup on the counter

This bulgur lentil soup with mint olive oil fulfills the Mediterranean Diet requisites: legumes, grains, herbs, olive oil. Find the best of these ingredients at MaureenAboodMarket.com. I am pleased with myself if I’m able to work in a component of the Mediterranean diet in every meal or snack of the day. Herbs and spices here,…

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Authentic Eggnog

Eggnog with cinnamon swirl in a crystal punch bowl

The richness of this authentic eggnog recipe is lightened with a big puff of whipped meringue and whipped cream. You can go non-alcoholic, but the rum really does cut the richness. Authentic eggnog, rich and creamy and heavily spiked, has always for some reason seemed out of reach come Christmas and New Year’s at home.…

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Apricot Upside-Down Cake

Apricot Upside Down Cake on a sheet pan

Apricot Upside-Down Cake is made with a brown-butter,  brown-sugar topping and soft sponge cake. A hint of orange blossom is perfect here. I’ve never been good at favorites. As in, what’s your favorite cake? What’s your favorite color? What your favorite anything. I love them all. Same with this apricot upside-down cake. I would never…

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Molded Shortbread Cookies

White iced shortbread cookie on a cookie rack

Here is another version of ka’ik, this one a molded shortbread cookie. Buttery, crisp, and beautiful, a tradition for Easter. Find ingredients such as mahleb and orange blossom water at MaureenAboodMarket.com, along with the molds here. Why can’t I just leave a good thing alone?! Maybe it’s all of the home-time we’re having these weeks…

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Mujadara Pita Roll Up

Mujadara rolled in pita on a white plate

The Mujadara Pita Roll Up is a great way to eat mujadara, the pilaf of lentils and bulgur with caramelized onions, on the go. Get the mujadara recipe here. Watch how its made here. Find the right lentils and bulgur for mujadara at MaureenAboodMarket.com. Mujadara is one of the most versatile dishes in my repertoire,…

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Hemingway Daiquiri

Daiquiri in a coupe glass with a lime wheel

This post is written by Peggy Abood, sister of Maureen! She is one of the world’s great Hemingway devotees. The Hemingway Daquiri is so refreshing, using fresh-squeezed citrus. Blitz all of the ingredients with lots of ice to go for a frozen Hemingway Daquiri. I know when the love affair started. I wasn’t looking for…

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Mediterranean 7 Layer Dip

7 layer dip Mediterranean style in a pie plate

This recipe takes the classic 7 Layer Dip and goes Mediterranean, with hummus, avocado, labneh and more. Dip your pita chip in 7 layers of Mediterranean flavors and you’ll be in 7th heaven. I’m a big fan of the idea that hummus ought to be a foundation, holding up the greatness of other toppings like…

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Mom’s Frosted Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

Christmas Tree Frosted Cut-Out Cookies

Sometimes you just want what Mom made! Here are the frosted cut-out cookies we clamor for at Christmas, a perfect recipe anytime you want a cut-out. The cookies are crisp yet hold shape and taste wonderful, and the frosting is easy, three-ingredient buttercream heaven. I’m really of two minds when it comes to traditional recipes.…

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Orange Blossom Pecan Pie

Orange Blossom Pecan Pie slice

Rich, brown-sugary pecan pie is made better with very toasty pecans and a whisper of orange blossom water. The flavor is as beautiful as it sounds: Orange Blossom Pecan Pie. A shocking moment occurred during the development of this pecan pie recipe. My tester group (Dan and sons) was miffed when I brought plates of…

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