Chickpea and Feta Picnic Salad

Chickpea Feta Salad,

Chickpea and Feta Salad is the perfect salad for a picnic: stays crunchy and fresh, plus all of the flavor and healthy ingredients we love. I’m not entirely sure why, but when Dan asked me in the most complimentary way to “master” the chickpea salad he’d eaten at Woody’s, our local favorite for Lebanese, I…

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Lebanese Vegetable Soup with Chickpeas and Kale

Vegetable soup Lebanese style in a bowl

This vegetable soup with chickpeas and kale is hearty with sweet butternut squash, tomatoes, and a hit of cayenne. So warming, healthy, and simple to make–which we do, weekly! Vegan and gluten-free. One frigid, snowy day last winter when Dan was down and out with a cold, his sister Trisha brought over a big tunjura…

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Fresh Herb Falafel Pita Wrap

Fresh Herb Falafel Wrap, Maureen Abood

Mother never made that. That’s what mom’s sister, Aunt Pat, said when I talked about the falafel I’d be making with the abundance of fresh herbs we have, along with the peeled fava beans we recently started offering over at Maureen Abood Market. The sisters have been engaged in a dialogue, one that has extended…

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Homemade Falafel Recipe

Falafel on a blue plate with dipping sauce

Watch my video for homemade falafel on YouTube right HERE! Begin making the falafel a day in advance to soak the chickpeas and fava beans. You can make the tahini sauce in advance up to three days. An ice cream scoop works great as an alternative to a specialty falafel scoop, but be careful not…

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Ingredient: Fava Beans

What, can I ask, is wrong with the Lebanese that we so dearly love the very beans that require such painstaking attention? The chickpea is a wonder bean, but that little sucker is most often nothing until it is properly free of its skin. The fava is no different. My position as a bottom-feeder at…

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Hummus with Lamb and Sumac.

Hummus with lamb, hummus kwarma on a blue plate

Hummus with lamb and sumac is a luscious, healthy way to change-up your hummus fix by adding marinated, sauteed lamb atop smooth hummus. For some, texture is important because it bothers them. They say of their aversion to eating raw oysters that “it’s a texture thing.” For me, I love eating raw oysters, and yes…

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Favorite Things: A small plate, for mezze

Call it a salad plate, an appetizer plate, a dessert plate…it’s the 4- or 5- (even 6) inch plate in your collection that is the perfect size for the mezze you love. What mezze, you ask? The hummus mezze (with a little extra something-something) we’re making this week. It’s not really dip, the way we’re…

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Pre-Peeled Chickpeas. A homemade hummus game-changer.

Peeled Chickpeas, Maureen Abood Market

The first time I went to the Symposium for Professional Food Writers at the Greenbrier, I walked into the grand dining room (think of the biggest chandelier you’ve ever seen, in green and black crystal) on the first night for dinner. The hostess took us, each one as we arrived, to the round tables of…

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