Introducing Maureen Abood Market, Lebanese Ingredients to love

Heavenly Hummus Kits, Maureen Abood Market

For my dad growing up, working at Aboods Food Market meant missing plenty of good fun. Saturdays and any day school was out, he and his brothers were expected to show up in one place and one place only: the market. Shelves needed stocking, butchery needed butchering, and customers needed a smile—with quality, quality, quality.

It was a lot of work, so it was all family hands on deck.

I can’t say if Dad (the handsome guy, in stripes), or his dad (Jiddo, my grandfather) would be thrilled about my news today or if they’d slap my hand and tsk me three times. I’m going to go with thrilled, at least for the legacy factor.

Maureen Abood Market

For my part, it is indeed a great thrill to share with you the news of the new shop here at MaureenAbood.com. Since launching this blog, you have asked me where to buy the best ingredients for our Lebanese recipes.

When I found the finest tahini (never bitter!), blended the most delicious za’atar (with imported Lebanese thyme), tasted the brightest Lebanese olive oil, and made incredibly smooth, light hummus with pre-peeled chickpeas—whenever I have come across something unique and beautiful, I have thought of you and wished you could enjoy it, too.

Zaatar tins, Maureen Abood

 

Lebanese Kibbeh Spice, Maureen Abood Market

A good while back I started shooting the breeze with my sister Peg about sharing these special ingredients with you. Anyone who knows Peg (and many of you do, from my posts here or in person) knows that girl can get $#!@ done.

She thought she might like to dive in to project Maureen Abood Market with me, and a whole new sisterhood of the traveling Lebanese ingredients was born.

Sisters Abood, Maureen Abood

You’ll find the Market in the Shop! link at the top of this page, and right here. We’re starting with a few very special, select ingredients and you can be sure we’ll be growing by leaps and bounds as we get our sea legs. I hope you love everything you see in the Market as much as I do, and I’d love for you to share what you make in the kitchen wherever you get social, using #maureenaboodmkt so we can all follow along (pictures, please!).

I’ll be posting soon and often about the ingredients in the market (each one has a wonderful story, of course!) and can’t wait to hear your feedback and about ingredients you’d love to see us source.

Heavenly Hummus Kits, Maureen Abood
Heavenly Hummus Kits stacked, Maureen Abood

 

It’s been a lot of work, this shop. Many family hands have been on deck one way or another (we’re a Lebanese family—just a wee bit of advice gets thrown around!), and Dan is about ready to have some actual hummus, and not just hummus kits, on our dining room table. But like the Aboods Food Market of yesteryear, this one is a worth-it labor of love, of the sort that brings us all together in a most delicious way.

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47 Comments

  1. Elaine @ foodbod on April 10, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Looks great, good luck!

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:37 AM

      Thank you Elaine!

  2. Beth on April 10, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Love this! Cannot wait for my first order!

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:36 AM

      Thanks so much Beth!

  3. Janet Kalush Moore on April 10, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    What memories you brought back to me and my two sisters…..Dad working in his dad’s grocery and we three working in our dads grocery. Looking forward to seeing your items for sale. Although I have been selling Kibbee Spice that I make. We will have to share that this summer.

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:36 AM

      Wonderful history Janet, such special forbears we have had!

  4. Brian Huggler on April 10, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Just placed my first order! So happy for you Maureen and wish you all the BEST!

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:36 AM

      Brian, you’re the best! Thank you!

  5. Marcia on April 10, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    THRILLED for your latest adventure, and for all who will enjoy what you will be providing! Cannot wait to hear more…

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:35 AM

      Thank you Marcia!

  6. Joi Luckadoo-Villa on April 10, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    I am so excited for you! Loved the picture of you and Peggy…took me back a few years! Congratulations on your latest endeavor! I’ll be sharing and ordering!

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:34 AM

      Terrific Joi, thank you!

  7. Tom on April 10, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    مع أطيب تمنياتي (Maa Atib Al Amaani) I am told the phrase to the left is Arabic for Best Wishes (I sure hope so!). Maureen, my heart is full of joy upon reading this very exciting news. You keep discovering more facets of your dream and realizing them one by one. I am inspired by your courage, perseverance, and boldness, “Ádh mór ort!”, which is Irish Gaelic for Good luck, and which seems apropos for two sisters named Maureen and Peggy.

    Tom McGrath

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:34 AM

      Wow Tom, I’m so impressed and touched by your Arabic!! Thank you for sharing in the joy with such heart. Means the world.

  8. anne cashill on April 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Maureen and Peggy – this is so great and exciting! Wishing you all the best with this new business!
    Big hug! Anne and Jose

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:33 AM

      Thank you Anne and Jose!

  9. Leila Khoury on April 10, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    you are awesome.God bless you and rest in peace your loved ones

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:33 AM

      How kind Leila, thank you and same to you and yours.

  10. Pat on April 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Maureen,
    This is very exciting. I’ve been looking for peeled chickpeas for months and have never found them.
    Good luck on your new adventure!
    Pat

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:32 AM

      I’m so glad Pat. These chickpeas are the bomb!

  11. Ed on April 10, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Where I live when I run out of tahini I can probably purchase something at Whole foods in the next week or so, but it will be bittersweet, because what I really want is the Beruit Tahini sold at the Arax Market in Watertown, 45 to 60 minutes away, or two to three hours round trip depending on time of day and traffic. So if I could order it through the Abood market it might be easier, Abood is the Lebanese Amazon!

    Ma salaame!

    ed

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:32 AM

      Ah yes Ed, the tahini. We will put that on deck as we source larger quantities. The Lebanese Amazon! Yes!

  12. DENISE on April 10, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Hi Maureen!!

    I went shopping! Instead of ordering from Brooklyn, thanks a lot. I wish you so much success.
    Thank you and keep in touch.
    xoxo Denise Thomas

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:31 AM

      Thank you Denise–I’m thrilled!

  13. Chef Gregory Galoska on April 10, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    This is an amazing idea, best of luck to you! Mabrook!

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:30 AM

      Thank you Chef!

  14. Angie G on April 10, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    This is so exciting! both for you, and for us! I cannot WAIT!

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:28 AM

      Thank you Angie for sharing in the excitement!

  15. Mike Cammarota on April 10, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    What a cool site. Good luck with this. I cannot wait to make the hummus!

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:27 AM

      Enjoy your heavenly hummus Mike, and thank you!

  16. TasteofBeirut on April 11, 2015 at 4:55 AM

    My best wishes Maureen on your grand endeavor. This is the type of work that needs a great team and what better team to start with than one’s sister?
    The world needs the best Lebanese ingredients possible to sample not just in Lebanese dishes but other cuisines as well. Go girl!

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:27 AM

      Joumana, I appreciate that, thank you!

  17. Jeanne on April 11, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    What a thrill it was to discover your new facet of business. Reminds me so much of home and my own Lebanese heritage. Oh the love and memories of observing and learning from my Sitty, my aunts, my mother and sisters cooking and then all of us gathered at the table to enjoy! I have placed my first order and applaud your commitment and love! Congratulations!

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:27 AM

      Thank you so much Jeanne!

    • Maureen Abood on April 11, 2015 at 7:37 AM

      Many thanks to you Jeanne! Let me know how you like everything!

  18. Roger Toomey on April 11, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Sounds great. Make sure you keep the “shipping and handling” at a reasonable rate. That’s the first thing I look at before looking at any catalog.

  19. Tara on April 12, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    I’m so excited to have found your blog and now to discover you’re opening a shop! I just heard you on the Splendid Table podcast this morning and then spent the rest of the morning perusing your site. I grew up in Michigan, but didn’t discover Lebanese food until I was in college and soon moved to Chicago where it is challenging to get truly Lebanese food. I always get two things when I’m back in Michigan…Lebanese food and Grand Traverse Pie Company pies! 🙂 Congratulations and best wishes for success with your new book and store!

  20. Leslee Abud on April 13, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    SO happy for you and your family…first the blog, cookbook and now the “Market”! My dad (and his twin brother) also had a “Market”! We were all raised there…and I still have it in my blood, wanting to open “something”! May God bless you and your efforts…much success!

    • Maureen Abood on April 15, 2015 at 10:39 AM

      Go for that “something” Leslee! And thank you so much!

  21. Mili on April 14, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Alf Mabrook maureen!! Wish you the best in this new adventure !! So proud to call you lebanese!! Love from Ldn

    • Maureen Abood on April 15, 2015 at 10:39 AM

      Bless you Mili, so very kind!

  22. Kavita on May 10, 2015 at 2:11 AM

    I cannot WAIT to use my new hummus kit! (My boyfriend got me the kit for my birthday after we attended your talk in SF last weekend.) You are a lovely person and I wish you nothing but the best with the new store and the book! 🙂

    • Maureen Abood on May 14, 2015 at 10:30 PM

      How kind Kavita, thank you so much! I look forward to hearing about the best hummus you’ve ever made or eaten!

  23. Antonia Allegra on September 18, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    BRAVA, Maureen, for having the long-term vision and determination to take your stories all the way to market, literally!
    I’m so proud of you. Come join us at the Symposium for Professional Food Writers next September 2016. You are such a major success story!!! XOXO Antonia (Toni) Allegra

    • Maureen Abood on September 22, 2015 at 3:24 PM

      Thank you thank you Toni! I can’t wait for the revival of the Symposium!

  24. Merritt Brown on February 16, 2016 at 1:01 PM

    After reading about you in TRAVERSE I found that your blog is homey, comforting, not too formal and a pleasure to read! I’m interested in the ingredients offered in your market but wondered if the market has a physical location that we can come visit? I love the ambience and odor of culinary shops.

    Congratulations on your dual beginnings! I look forward to future reading.

    Merritt

    • Maureen Abood on February 23, 2016 at 10:04 PM

      Thank you Merritt! Maureen Abood Market is online only–I hope you’ll visit us there! I agree, culinary shops are wonderful….

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