Roasted red pepper-walnut dip, Muhammara

Muhammara, roasted red bell pepper dip with pita bread

Roasted red pepper-walnut dip, muhammara, has such great texture (thanks pank0!) and flavor (love you, pomagranate molasses!). Muhammara is always a winner–you’ll be handing out the recipe left and right…. I honestly had barely heard of let alone made muhammara when I worked as an intern at Boulette’s Larder in San Francisco. I had just…

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Za’atar Roasted Tomato Crostini with Labne, and a Bluff view

Za'atar roasted tomatos with labneh on crostini, displayed on a cutting board, Maureen Abood

When my parents bought the house on Main Street in Harbor Springs back in the mid-‘70s, we discovered a wonderful irony: our next door neighbor was, like us, Lebanese. Latifi Huffman made us a big Lebanese dinner to celebrate our newfound, and unlikely, Lebanese connection in Harbor Springs. It was a feast that no doubt…

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Technique: How to slow roast tomatoes

Roasted cherry tomato halves on a parchment lined sheet pan, Maureen Abood

The slow roasting of tomatoes is something that I’ve admired for some time…but never did myself until recently. I remember the role of the tomatoes at a particular lunch at a little café on Washington and Fillmore Streets in San Francisco, just a half-block from my house. It was the day before I was leaving…

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