Homemade Power Bars Recipe: Apricot Almond

Power bars, energy bars, call them what you will: they’ve long been a fixture in my gym bag, my handbag, or any bag toting my essentials. I considered them essentials primarily because round about 4 p.m., just before an evening run or workout, I’d be crashing hungry from not having eaten an adequate breakfast (or…

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Ingredient: Kumquats

The Lebanese, we love citrus. If there is anything less than an extra-large bowl of lemons on the kitchen counter at all times, we start to get uneasy. Wouldn’t want to run out. Oranges are our little pets too, especially when it comes to candied peel. Any bitterness is leached away by boiling water, and…

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A Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu

I like to go out on Valentine’s Day for dinner about as much as I like to stay out all night on New Year’s Eve. You’ve got double the number of tables in the house, and “Prix Fixe,” overpriced, molten-chocolate-blah menus churned out one after another, along with the embarrassing sense you are a cliché…

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Gotta love winning!

I’m not a big gambler, though I have to say the first time I played roulette in Vegas was a thrill. But when it comes to food, and a contest comes my way, I’m in. The contest that came to my attention recently, by invitation from the editors of the Huffington Post Kitchen Daily, was…

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Can I count on your vote today?! For pie, that is…

Calling all pie eaters. And pie lovers. And pie-I-couldn’t-care-less-ers. The Huffington Post Kitchen Daily is having a contest, and in it you’ll see my lemon meringue tart, made here a few months ago. The three pies with the top votes will be sent to the Huffington Post test kitchens, where they will be tested and…

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Fattoush salad, and poetry, in motion

It wasn’t long after I started working, after graduate school studying poetry and literature, that I started to feel the gnaw. Working was great, a paycheck was even greater. But I wasn’t writing much—just a couple of correspondences that took on terrific significance for me, or my journal, which was so stream of consciousness that…

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Lemon Meringue Tart, The Most Extraordinary

Lemon meringue tart on a footed crystal plate

This lemon meringue tart is the most gorgeous, extraordinary tart of its kind. The lemon cream filling is enriched with butter and deep lemon flavor. The recipe can be taken in parts, with the almond crust and lemon filling made in advance. You can imagine how long the days, how sore the back, how bruised…

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Ingredient: Lemons

We are salivating over lemons this week not just because they naturally make our mouths water, and not just because they are the perfect shade of yellow to accompany us into spring and Easter, but also because lemons are one of the most essential flavors in Lebanese cuisine. What would my mother’s salata, or salad,…

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