Your go-to summer dip: Labneh with Garlic and Herbs

Labneh dip with Garlic and Herbs, MaureenAbood.com

Part of the fun, and good work, of sharing my new Lebanese cookbook with the world is doing interviews (and—thankfully—lots of them). Today, this Very Big Deal was published in The New York Times! Among the many questions that get asked in these interviews, I’ve always been unnecessarily prepared for one of the sort Bon…

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Cucumber Bites with Labneh and Olives

Cucumber bites with Labneh and Olives, MaureenAbood.com

When Oscar time rolled around back when I was living in Chicago, I took it as a great excuse to eat a bunch of rich food and drink wine, while lounging in sweats, with my favorite pals. I always pulled out the stops not with Lebanese recipes, but what I considered Oscar-worthy guacamole. I like…

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Strawberry Rose Cheesecake Recipe, with labneh

I was on the hunt for strawberries for all kinds of reasons. Number one: the presence of strawberries at the farmer’s market Up North would mean that the soil, the air, the sun and sky were, at long long last, generous enough to give us a taste of summer. Secondly, last Friday was the first…

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Michigan’s Smoked Whitefish Dip Recipe

Everyone has their own. It’s like Lebanese seven-spice mix: which seven depends on who is doing the mixing, but the mix is happening, everywhere you go there. And for the record, it’s not always seven. I grew up on three (salt+pepper+cinnamon). Here in Michigan, where whitefish dinners reign supreme (and lunches too–I ate the finest…

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Lebanese-inspired, protein-rich breakfasts

I’ve waxed, and then waned, on the subject of breakfast more than once here (like this), and a lot more than once over the course of…well, a lifetime. Breakfast has ruled me the way the croissant dough wants to rule the rolling pin. At a certain point you have to shake the big pin in…

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Lebanese cucumbers

My fascination with cucumbers, the small ones, has gone on for some time. As has my fascination with the English language. I was sitting in the backseat of my mom’s Custom Cruiser, probably circa 1975, when we were driving along M-119 Up North, and I saw a roadside sign that made no sense. Mom, what…

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Vegetarian Grape Leaves (gluten-free and vegan too…)

Vegetarian Grapeleaves, MaureenAbood.com

Vegetarian grape leaves are stuffed with a delicious mix of rice, onion, chickpeas, and peppers. Simple adjustments make this gluten-free, and vegan. See how to roll grapeleaves here. Learn how to identify the leaves for picking them fresh here. Hello, cousin. That’s just how we say it, the Lebanese. It’s our expression of closeness to…

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