Shish Tawook, Grilled Chicken Skewers

Chicken Shish Tawook on skewers

Shish Tawook is a beloved Lebanese dish of grilled chicken skewers. So tender, and huge on flavor! The marinade is key, with several spices in a yogurt base imparting flavor through-and-through.  Oh how the Lebanese love their grills! This juicy, highly seasoned grilled chicken recipe is a traditional favorite. “Shish Tawook” means chicken skewers, and…

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Oven-Fried Chicken Wings with Spicy Za’atar

Za'atar Chicken Wings,

Oven-fried chicken wings are right up there with deep fried in the flavor category–these are so good, you’ll want a double or triple batch to keep your crew happy! The za’atar, a Lebanese spice blend of wild thyme, sumac, and sesame, is lightly dusted on the wings after baking for an extra dimension of deliciousness.…

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Braised Chicken with Lemon and Olives. And smiles.

Chicken with lemon and olives in a copper baking dish

Braised chicken with lemon and olives is so flexible and fabulous that you can serve the dish on a quiet weeknight, or with fanfare to guests. I had spent the afternoon with Sitto, my grandmother, running errands. Grocery store, drug store, the mall for hosiery. When we landed back at her cozy little apartment, we…

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Chicken Shawarma Recipe

Chicken Shawarms,

  No matter how much you prepare, you can’t anticipate everything. This is true in most facets of life, and it’s been true on the promotional tour for the Rose Water & Orange Blossoms cookbook. On my part there’s preparation for what to say, what stories to tell, and what to cook if it’s a…

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Za’atar Fried Chicken and my cookbook photo shoot

When I take photos for Rose Water and Orange Blossoms, there are so many things to consider: the light, the lens, the plate, the background surface and the backdrop. And of course, the food itself. I run around the kitchen and down the stairs to get it all together, then hope the sun doesn’t fall…

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An Italian Feast with Pia

Last fall I was out for my usual run, which starts down Main Street and round the corner at Zoll. Evening was just about to descend. Nancy and Mark were sitting on the little back porch out the kitchen door of their house there on the corner, cocktails in hand and crackers within reach. That…

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Our Thanksgiving Menu, with little ideas, recipes and tips

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. ~Khalil Gibran While cooking: Beaujolais nouveaux, fatayar nibble (made ahead). Before and with dinner: Bubbly, Pinot Noir, and Sancerre. Roasted Turkey, all natural and organic, from Peggy’s…

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Fragrant Lebanese Chicken Soup Recipe

Fragrant Chicken Soup in a deruta pottery bowl

I know this is a food blog and that I’m a food person and that we all agree on how much we love to cook and eat. But I’ve got to admit: I haven’t been feeling great lately, and it has to do with food. Can’t eat much, don’t feel like eating much, and when…

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Ingredient: Mirepoix

Ground work must be laid, a foundation, before any house can be built. In the kitchen, the flavor foundation for so many dishes is found in the French mirepoix (meer-pwah), the holy trinity of aromatics: onion, carrot, and celery. Broths, and therefore soups, of every sort begin with the coaxing of flavor from a mirepoix.…

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Fall Football Tailgate: Mom’s Oven-Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken,

The fried chicken for our family football tailgaters has come from some auspicious places over the years. A big bucket of extra-crispy from KFC was not beneath us (my dad liked going to pick it up, because he could have an appetizer piece or two on the way home. I could tell he’d been eating…

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