Orange Blossom Gin Fizz

Orange Blossom Gin Fizz

The classic Gin Fizz is made even better with a whisper of orange blossom. The froth on top makes for one of the prettiest cocktails you can serve. A post from Peggy Abood. When Maureen and I first started talking about sharing cocktail recipes with you, she said we have to do some that are…

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Pistachio Baklawa Nests

Pistachio baklava nests on a sheet pan

Pistachio Baklawa Nests are light, crisp little phyllo nests drenched in orange blossom syrup. The nests are shaped using a narrow dowel, rolled with lightly buttered phyllo, and topped with orange blossom syrup and raw ground pistachios. Find the pistachios orange blossom water here, at MaureenAboodMarket.com. I took the first one in two bites. The…

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Kibbeh Sahnieh in a Round Pan

Kibbeh sahnieh in a round pan, cut in diamonds

Learn here how to cut a round kibbeh sahnieh into diamonds! To make this classic Lebanese kibbeh sahnieh, use a large pan, 14-16 inches, and layer the kibbeh with a lemony meat and onion filling. Bake and broil until deep golden brown, and you’re golden too! While I’ve been diving in whenever possible lately to…

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Toum, Lebanese garlic sauce

Toum garlic sauce in a dish with yellow spatula

Toum, the Lebanese garlic spread people go bonkers over, is an emulsion of garlic and oil. Here are tips based on what I’ve learned about making toum! One great discovery in all of my toum-making is that if you don’t have a food processor, just reach for your whisk. P.S., “toum” is simply the Arabic…

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Pomegranate Glazed Leg of Lamb

Pomegranate glazed leg of lamb

Pomegranate glazed leg of lamb gets its tremendous flavor from a short marinade, then a glaze of sweet-tart pomegranate molasses toward the end of roasting. This lamb recipe is absolutely made for special occasions like Easter. The pomegranate glaze lends a glisten to the lamb, worthy of carving at the table for all to see.…

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Showstopper Chocolate Cake with Caramel and Marshmallow

Toasted Marshmallow frosting over a chocolate caramel cake, Muareen Abood

This cake makes everyone happy wherever it goes! A super-simple yet very elegant dark chocolate cake is filled with caramel and topped with marshmallow frosting. A hint of orange blossom in the caramel is special. Torch the beautiful white peaks and valleys on your cake for a toasty, s’mores-like effect, one I just can’t get…

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How to make Lebanese Baklava

Simple Syrup for Lebanese Baklawa, Maureen Abood

Learn how to make Lebanese baklawa (baklava) with confidence, ease, and joy! Here you will make phyllo your friend, clarified butter your baby, toasty ground nuts your nirvana. And flower water syrup—that sweet simplicity that distinguishes Lebanese baklawa from all other baklavas—your pure, aromatic nectar. Scroll down to find links to all of the recipes.…

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No Butter Pie Crust

My mom’s no butter pie crust is on deck in the days leading up to any holiday around here. The pie crusts (and the whole pies!) can be frozen, making quick work the morning of. Mom’s no-butter pie crust is ultra flaky, whereas butter crusts, at least to me, are more shortbread cookie in their…

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A new Za’atar Flatbread recipe to love

Za'atar flatbread on a pizza peel, Maureen Abood

This za’atar flatbread recipe originates as a pizza dough recipe and has the ultimate thin yet soft and chewy crust. Hands down this dough makes the best za’atar flatbread I’ve ever made or eaten, and a tremendous pizza! Bonus: you can make the dough in advance. We all have them, or at least I hope…

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Lebanese Mulberry Syrup, 3 ways

When I visited Lebanon a few years ago for the first time, I went with what I thought was a very open mind about all that I would see and experience. When it came down to it, though, I believed my sense for Lebanese ingredients and flavors had to be broad enough that there might…

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