Labneh Green Goddess

Labneh Green Goddess with crudite platter

Labneh Green Goddess switches up the traditional mayo/buttermilk dip with labneh, which offers wonderful flavor and tang. And health! You can use any plain labneh or Greek yogurt with any level of fat content. Use tons of herbs and make plenty so you can use your Labneh Green Goddess as a dip, a dressing, or…

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Za’atar Roasted Tomato Crostini with Labneh

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

Za’atar with summer’s cherry or grape tomatoes, slow-roasted, are incredibly good! These delectable little bites of za’atar roasted tomatoes and labneh atop crostini stole the show at many of my events promoting my cookbook when I was on tour, and often make their appearance for cocktail hour at our house. Try substituting the crostini with…

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Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes (made with laban!)

Frosted Chocolate Cupcakes, MaureenAbood.com

Frosted chocolate cupcakes made with yogurt are a knockout–moist, tender, with fabulous, complex flavor. Maybe it’s because Lent is around the corner, and the very thought of fasting makes one, well, VERY HUNGRY. Maybe it’s because out of all of the incredibly good birthday cakes we’ve eaten during our winter birthday cake season over here,…

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Burnt Sugar Apricots with Labneh, and a must-have book

Broiled Apricots with Labneh, MaureenAbood.com

I’ve written a bit here about the Lebanese love of all things apricot (do you a-pricot or ay-pricot?), and I do wait with baited breath every year for these precious darlings to show their faces. Which is why I’m surprised I never thought of this special, light-touch treatment of them: halve, sprinkle with a pinch…

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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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