Lebanese Panzanella Salad

Pita chips replace the traditional Italian-style croutons in this Lebanese Panzanella salad. They soak up the precious juice we wouldn’t even consider leaving behind. The mix of lemon with rice vinegar gives the sweet tomatoes the perfect pop of tartness we love so much. Sometimes I think that the whole purpose I am here, back…

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Recipes to Relax with for your Memorial Day Weekend

Za'atar Potatoes, MaureenAbood.com

Seems like Memorial Day has always, always been a getaway time for me. That getaway being, always, Up North in Michigan. It’s the kick-off, with complete excitement, for all that is summer in Michigan. If you live here, or you’ve been here, no further explanation is needed. But if you came to northern Michigan just…

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Tomato Cucumber Salad with Avocado and Feta

Avocado Tomato Salad with Feta, MaureenAbood.com

This salad makes the most of the season: tomato cucumber with avocado and feta. The bit of saltiness from the feta and creaminess of avocado are the right balance. The changing of the seasons here in Michigan has been doing its thing in recent months without much ado from me. Typically I get all wound…

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Lebanese Cucumber & Tomato Salad with Mint

Cucumber Tomato Salad, Maureen Abood.com

One of the best things about cucumber and tomato salad with mint is the juice that waits in the bottom of the bowl, ready to be sopped up with thin pita or flatbread. Make the salad an hour or so in advance to let the flavors meld. There are many great Lebanese recipes for salads,…

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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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Detroit’s Eastern Market. I love and admire you.

My love affair with Michigan is no big secret. I’ve been professing my admiration and affection the last couple of years like Mr. Darcy finally proposing to Elizabeth: “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Truth be told, since I’ve been back in Michigan after a long time…

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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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Pia’s Eggplant Parmigiana

This absolutely delicious eggplant parmesan comes to us from Italy by way of Harbor Springs! A luscious way to cook with globe eggplant. Also try Lebanese eggplant, layered in sheik al mesheh, as a dip in baba gannouj, and in traditional “boats.” One of the pleasures of living in a small town is that people…

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Favorite Lebanese Summer Salads

  The start of August seems like the perfect time reach into our treasure trove of recipes and recall all of the delicious Lebanese recipes for summer’s bounty. Plus we have so many new readers, it only seems appropriate that we welcome you with a look-see at the Lebanese recipes and stories that have been…

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