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…

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Grilled Pizza with Za’atar, Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella

This is za’atar flatbread taken to another level! Grilled  pizza with za’atar, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella is a great summer appetizer, or make it in the oven anytime on a hot stone. There are many great things about living Up North; the natural beauty, the tranquility. Among those great things, something important is missing. Something…

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Favorite Things: The Ultimate Pizza Knife

Sure, you can use a very sharp knife. Of course a sharp wheel cutter is classic and works fine too. But I can’t resist this double-handled pizza (or, as I prefer to call it, flatbread…) cutter. The walnut handles are special, as is the bowed stainless steel cutting edge that, when rocked along the top…

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Lebanese man’oushe, za’atar flatbread

Manoushe with Za'atar, MaureenAbood.com

Lebanese man’oushe is the equivalent of pizza, but slathered with a luscious za’atar+olive oil blend and traditionally eaten for breakfast. My brother Chris was the first to speak to me of the man’oushe. Every time he returned from a trip to Lebanon I wanted to sit him down and discuss, in detail, every bite of…

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Favorite Things: A baking stone, with handles

A pizza stone is heavy. It’s awkward. It gets hotter than Hades. It’s the sort of thing you might “forget” and leave behind in the oven when you move, just to avoid figuring out how to pack it. But once you’ve baked with one and discovered the deep golden brown difference, the crisp crusty difference,…

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Lamb shish kebab; meet me at the grill

I can think of no better summer meal than Lebanese lamb shish kebab–the grilled combination of lamb and onion is utterly mouth-watering. No marinade is needed. The key to proper grilling of the meat is to bring it to room temperature for a couple of hours before cooking. This ensures even cooking and prevents the…

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