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I learned this on the balcony in Kayfoun. My grandmother sat facing the sun. My aunt came to find me. “Tayta is coring the zucchini. You can learn from her,” she said. Heritage is as much nostalgia as tradition. I sat at one corner of Tayta’s small table and she pointed at the ingredients, naming them one at a time. “Riz, benadoura, cousa, wara’ ‘anab, milleh . . .” We never could communicate in sentences, but we both spoke food in any language. I used to regret that I was unable

It took me a long time to get this one right. I had it several times in Lebanon, but could never recreate the tangy taste without sumac, but it is good without the sumac if that’s an ingredient you can’t find. 1 lb fresh spinach 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 tsp minced garlic 1/2 tsp cumin pinch salt 1 tbsp olive oil 1-2 tbsp lemon juice, depending on your tastes 1/2 tsp sumac salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Heat olive oil in sautee pan. Add onions, garlic, and

If there is a salad I miss, this is the one. Yes, I could make it without the bread, but what’s the point? That crouton-like crunch, the way the bread soaks up the dressing, the beautiful mix of texture and flavor in your mouth . . . Well, I don’t know that I can do this salad justice. It only take a few minutes to throw together. This is the type of dish you can throw grilled chicken on top of and feel like you’ve had a gourmet meal. Another

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