Lebanese Soup & Bread Recipes for cold and blustery days

No matter how you define cold where you live (no judgments here…), there’s no debate about keeping the home fires burning when the chill arrives, or at least the stove, with something warming. Something comforting. Something that eases the freeze and makes it more than okay to hibernate.

Michigan winters (that’s what we used to call them, before we got polar vortex crazy) have instructed me so well that I take certain, and unwavering, pleasure in weather that forces me to stay put. Up North, with not a soul in my clan around these post-holiday days, that means the kind of solitude every writer, and reader, pines after.

Here are some delicious ways to keep your kitchen windows steamed up–another version of rose-colored glasses, blurring our view of the vortex, and transforming it into a cozy winter’s day with something warm and good to eat.

Garlicky Lentil Soup

Fragrant Chicken Soup with Cinnamon

Kishk
A soup of dried yogurt and ground beef or lamb

Talami Bread

Za’atar Flatbread

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Old favorites, Lebanese-style. Okay, NOT, but on days like these we’ve gotta have them!

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8 Comments

  1. marion estephan on January 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Maureen,
    On theses cold wintry days we make a lemony,garlic bean and pasta soup called macroom homid have you heard of it.The older it gets the better it taste.My children(ALL GROWN) AND GRANDCHILDREN LOVE IT.

    • Marsha Estefan on January 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      I wonder if we are related Marion Estephan

      • marion estephan on January 8, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        Marsha,
        My ancestors come from Kferksghab,North Lebanon.I have found that no matter where you are from ,the Lebanese are always related through one person or another.

    • Merry in Massachusetts on January 8, 2014 at 7:13 AM

      Any chance you could share thar recipe?

      • Maureen Abood on January 8, 2014 at 7:59 AM

        Hi Merry–follow the links by clicking on each of titles in the list, and that will take you to the recipes!

    • Maureen Abood on January 8, 2014 at 8:03 AM

      Marion, that sounds SO good, and one I have not had. I’d love to make it if you have time to email me your recipe!

  2. nancy on January 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    those in the polar vortex want vats of this soup. and even in l.a., so do i.

  3. Roger Toomey on January 7, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Beat you to this one. Made kishk gravy on toast the last two days. It just seemed like the thing when it hits -10 at light and -3 high during the day. And this is Missouri.

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