Smokey Roast Red Pepper Hummus (yum!)

This is another one of those recipes that is so easy to make and so delicious that you’ll wonder why you don’t make it more often. You can use fresh peppers—as I did for this recipe—or jarred ones which you rinse. I cooked the peppers over the grate of my stove at work, but thisContinue reading “Smokey Roast Red Pepper Hummus (yum!)”

Smokey Roast Red Pepper Hummus (yum!)

This is another one of those recipes that is so easy to make and so delicious that you’ll wonder why you don’t make it more often. You can use fresh peppers—as I did for this recipe—or jarred ones which you rinse. I cooked the peppers over the grate of my stove at work, but thisContinue reading “Smokey Roast Red Pepper Hummus (yum!)”

Lebanese-Style Chicken-and-Rice (yummm!)

So yes, I have posted this recipe before, but not in quite a while. Personally I have not actually eaten meat in about two months, but then I started craving this…it’s a recipe that is derived from one my sitti (grandmother) used to make. It is really (really) delicious, and simple to make, too. OneContinue reading “Lebanese-Style Chicken-and-Rice (yummm!)”

Lebanese-Style Chicken-and-Rice (yummm!)

So yes, I have posted this recipe before, but not in quite a while. Personally I have not actually eaten meat in about two months, but then I started craving this…it’s a recipe that is derived from one my sitti (grandmother) used to make. It is really (really) delicious, and simple to make, too. OneContinue reading “Lebanese-Style Chicken-and-Rice (yummm!)”

Black Bean-Cheddar Falafel with Avocado Taratoor (yum)

So this is just another version of the classic Middle Eastern chickpea fritters known as falafel. You likely know by now that when I enjoy a particular recipe I end up with multiple versions of it (for other variations on this recipe, click here). Anyhow, this is just a suggestion…interchange any bean or cheese youContinue reading “Black Bean-Cheddar Falafel with Avocado Taratoor (yum)”

Black Bean-Cheddar Falafel with Avocado Taratoor (yum)

So this is just another version of the classic Middle Eastern chickpea fritters known as falafel. You likely know by now that when I enjoy a particular recipe I end up with multiple versions of it (for other variations on this recipe, click here). Anyhow, this is just a suggestion…interchange any bean or cheese youContinue reading “Black Bean-Cheddar Falafel with Avocado Taratoor (yum)”

Spicy Avocado Hummus with Roast Garlic and Jalapeno (yum!)…

This is another variation of hummus that I’ve posted in the past. This is, as usual, really easy to make and super delicious. If you like hummus, if you like avocado, and if you like spiciness…try this, you won’t be sorry. Spicy Avocado Hummus with Roast Garlic and Jalapeno Makes about 4 cups 3 tablespoonsContinue reading “Spicy Avocado Hummus with Roast Garlic and Jalapeno (yum!)…”

Spicy Avocado Hummus with Roast Garlic and Jalapeno (yum!)…

This is another variation of hummus that I’ve posted in the past. This is, as usual, really easy to make and super delicious. If you like hummus, if you like avocado, and if you like spiciness…try this, you won’t be sorry. Spicy Avocado Hummus with Roast Garlic and Jalapeno Makes about 4 cups 3 tablespoonsContinue reading “Spicy Avocado Hummus with Roast Garlic and Jalapeno (yum!)…”

Lebanese Flavored Brown Rice with Chickpeas and Vermicelli

This is a recipe that is not unlike moudardara, I suppose, and it is a good example of how a recipe is basically a thought or an idea and not necessarily a blueprint or carved in stone. Anyhow, this is really delicious and easy to make, and it’s also a one-pot recipe so cleanup isContinue reading “Lebanese Flavored Brown Rice with Chickpeas and Vermicelli”

Lebanese Flavored Brown Rice with Chickpeas and Vermicelli

This is a recipe that is not unlike moudardara, I suppose, and it is a good example of how a recipe is basically a thought or an idea and not necessarily a blueprint or carved in stone. Anyhow, this is really delicious and easy to make, and it’s also a one-pot recipe so cleanup isContinue reading “Lebanese Flavored Brown Rice with Chickpeas and Vermicelli”

Basmati Rice with Saffron…

Here is another very easy but delicious rice dish. And again–as I say with most my recipes–this is a guide and not carved in stone…interchange ingredients as you like them; it is the method that is important. Speaking of variations, the difference between the recipe pictured and the one typed below is that below thereContinue reading “Basmati Rice with Saffron…”

Basmati Rice with Saffron…

Here is another very easy but delicious rice dish. And again–as I say with most my recipes–this is a guide and not carved in stone…interchange ingredients as you like them; it is the method that is important. Speaking of variations, the difference between the recipe pictured and the one typed below is that below thereContinue reading “Basmati Rice with Saffron…”

Taboulé d’hiver

Okay, so yup…this is as refreshingly delicious as it looks. Sometimes I need the brightness of summer in the middle of winter. Anyhow, this is a variation of traditional tabbouleh recipe but with more heartier ingredients…mainly lentils and turmeric-poached potato; tomatoes were omitted because of the season and I opted for canned roast peppers forContinue reading “Taboulé d’hiver”

Taboulé d’hiver

Okay, so yup…this is as refreshingly delicious as it looks. Sometimes I need the brightness of summer in the middle of winter. Anyhow, this is a variation of traditional tabbouleh recipe but with more heartier ingredients…mainly lentils and turmeric-poached potato; tomatoes were omitted because of the season and I opted for canned roast peppers forContinue reading “Taboulé d’hiver”

Shakshouka (Yuumm!)

  Shakshouka is a Middle Eastern/Israelis egg dish where the eggs are oven-poached in tomato sauce and other good things; usually onions and peppers, but the sky really is the limit. It is an extremely easy one-skillet meal and good for you as well. Eaten with crusty bread and a piece of fruit really makesContinue reading “Shakshouka (Yuumm!)”

Kibbeh (cru et cuit)

Ok, so to some this may be a bit odd…raw meat. Yup, that’s what one version of this famous Lebanese dish is; raw lamb and bulgar wheat (pictured above). In it’s raw form it is referred to as kibbeh nayeh; think of it as a sort of Middle Eastern steak tartare. When I was aContinue reading “Kibbeh (cru et cuit)”

Lebanese Plate (yum!)

Sometimes I just have to cook for myself. I really do. I cook all day for others and sometimes it just feels food to cook for me. Anyhow, this is what I had for dinner tonight (click any of the highlighted words for recipes)…moudardara with lamb (rice with lentils and vermicelli), hummus, labna (yogurt cheese),Continue reading “Lebanese Plate (yum!)”

Lentil Soup with Vegetables and Lebanese Spices

This is a variation of my more traditional Lebanese Lentil Soup recipe; in this version I added many more vegetables. This is super easy to make and yes it tastes as good as it looks. The vegetables I added are simply suggestions (it’s what I had on hand), use whatever you like. This is easilyContinue reading “Lentil Soup with Vegetables and Lebanese Spices”

Toum! (an interpretation)

So this is a variation of a variation of a variation…but geeze ‘o man is it good. What, you may wonder, am I talking about. Garlic mayonnaise and it’s many variation. The south of France (and Italy and Spain) have Aioli (the French word for garlic is ail), in the Middle East there is theContinue reading “Toum! (an interpretation)”

Chicken and Vegetable Ragout with Lebanese Seven (or Eight) Spice Seasoning

Okay, so this is good. Really good. Delicious (if I do say so my self). It’s easy to make (about 30 minutes once the vegetables are cut) and it’s likely pretty healthy, too. It’s a basic braised chicken and vegetable dish with Middle Eastern seasoning. This, like most of the recipes on this blog, isContinue reading “Chicken and Vegetable Ragout with Lebanese Seven (or Eight) Spice Seasoning”