Lebanese Mujadara

Lebanese Mujadara with labneh and caramelized onions in a white dish

Lebanese Mujadara is a traditional pilaf of lentils with rice or bulgur and caramelized onions. Learn how to make authentic mujadara with my step-by-step instructions for success! Just a few basic ingredients will get you there. Read my original story about Mmmm-mmm-mujadara here! Mujadara is one of the most beloved Lebanese dishes. The flavor of this…

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Mujadara with a Fried Egg Recipe

Mujadara with a Fried Egg, MaureenAbood.com

Last year around this time, we were Lebanese recipe-testing for my book like crazy. There was a great group of testers who took time to cook up whatever interested them on my list, and then to provide detailed feedback in an effort to make everything about the recipe as good as it could possibly be.…

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Crisp Lentil Patties Recipe

Crisp Lentil Patties, MaureenAbood.com

There are very few downsides to my work with Rose Water & Orange Blossoms. Except one thing: I share stuff, and then I’m held to it. Sweetless, Meatless March? It sounded good, and I was really ready to get off the sugar parade that had lingered since the holidays. Also the red meat: less is…

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My Sweetless, Meatless March

Garlicky Lentil Soup, MaureenAbood.com

Easter is late this year. Which means Lent starts late (today). Which means that I have been left far too long out there on my own without this annual tap on the shoulder to stop it already with the constant indulgences. Hey, there were the holidays to celebrate, then an engagement to celebrate (another glass…

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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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French Lentils with Dijon

The Lebanese, we love our lentils. There is mujadara. There is lentil soup. In some instances (never my own) there are pureed lentils and onions that call themselves mujadara. That about sums up our lentil repertoire, at least from my family kitchen standpoint. And let’s face it, lentils need some help, some gentle prodding, to…

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Technique: An easy way to sort lentils

Yes, we are talking about lentils. Chocolate will be on the docket again soon enough… It may seem like a step you can skip, sorting through the lentils before cooking them. But once you discover that not all that is lentil is in the bag of lentils, the sorting step will never be skipped again.…

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Favorite Things: White Apilco French Porcelain

When you run around with children of a certain age, favorite colors are a frequent topic of conversation. The girls are in the purple, pink, and rainbow camp (rainbow is its own a color, in case you didn’t know, just like Superman ice cream has a flavor all its own); the boys red, blue, and…

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A July Menu: Delicious Lebanese Vegan

Fried cauliflower with tahini sauce

A friend of mine told me recently about a wonderful dinner she and her husband enjoyed at the home of some friends. The friends are strict vegans, and so was the meal–which was a first for my friend. She wants to reciprocate with a vegan dinner she cooks at home and wondered what ideas I…

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