Category Archives: Recipes

Blog Anniversary and Kibbeh B Laban (Kibbeh Meatballs in Yogurt)

Four years ago, the same day the Taste-Buds started. I cannot believe it has been so long already! Although the blog has changed from its original format and my Taste-Buds moved on from blogging, I still consider it as this common venture that gave us a lot of fun and taught us new things. It even helped me get over my baking aversion, I can make some very decent cookies and brownies now, I even made a custard from scratch (supervised by Clint), but I did all the steps myself! A big breakthrough for me!

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Purslane Fatayer

Greetings readers!

After being away for a while, I missed the  blog, I hope you missed it too. I don’t know if I can call my long time away a vacation, but I was not cooking anything spectacular or worth sharing. I was just going quick and convenient. I guess no matter how much you love cooking, when you have to do it every single day, it loses a bit of its luster. But with my return, I have a delicious recipe to share with you.

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Loubieh B Zeit: Lebanese Green Beans with Tomatoes and Olive Oil

Green beans are made two ways in Lebanon. One is a stew with meat and served with rice, the other version is the vegetarian one that is usually consumed in summer or during Lent. It is mainly eaten cold with vegetables like cucumber or onions (any kind you can think of) on the side. I personally like it hot too, rolled in a Lebanese bread or served as a warm salad.

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Taro and Potatoes with Garlic, Lemon and Sumac

Taro is one of my favorite root vegetables. In Lebanon, there are many regional variations to cook it, for instance there is a recipe for taro and chickpeas stew that was a staple in my dad’s side of the family, but my mom’s side of the family knew nothing about. They lived about an hour apart and belong geographically to the same region!

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Dawood Basha: Lebanese Meatballs in Tomato and Onion Sauce

Dawood Basha

Lebanon has been ruled by the Ottomans for 400 years, same as many surrounding countries. While countries were considered Turkish provinces, Lebanon (known as Mount-Lebanon then) enjoyed a semi-autonomous condition, till fights erupted and the nation was placed under a new system called Mutassarifiyah.  Then Turkish rulers were assigned to Lebanon to stabilize it, in a declining Ottoman Empire. The ruler had the nobility title of Pasha, and was called Mutassarref which literally means executor. Daoud Pasha was the first assigned to the job and rumor has it that this dish was a favorite of his and was called after him. I don’t know how true that last part is, but the preceding mini History lesson is.

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Spinach Quiche – An Altered Better Homes and Gardens Recipe

The other day Clint and I teamed up to make a quiche for breakfast. He took care of the crust and I took care of the filling. The result was very delicious if I may say so myself.

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Homemade 0% Fat Frozen Yogurt

Last week we had a trip to Yogurt Beach Shack and Clint had the Tart flavor, which is a plain frozen yogurt. That lead to wonder how hard is it to make a frozen yogurt at home? With the wonders of technology Clint looked it up right away and we found out that it is really easy.

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Walnut Katayef from Scratch

Katayef Plate

Katayef and boiled wheat are the staples of St Barbara Day in Lebanon. I have written a post about the tradition already, but this time the difference is I am not in Lebanon anymore and I am trying to share this staple with Clint and the kids.

So I did my research and found a recipe for Katayef from scratch (as you can imagine they are not readily found in pastry shops in California as they would be found in Lebanon). I made them a day later than the actual St Barbara which falls on December 4th, but hey it is the thought that counts!

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Happy 4th of July with Four Cheese Star Ravioli

I want to wish everyone in the USA a happy 4th of July with cute photos from our lunch today.

Last week, Costco had these star shaped ravioli, colored with red, white and blue. They were so cute that we decided to grab some. We also thought that they would be a fun way to start today’s celebrations or at least add our own touch to them.

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Quinoa with Chicken, Almonds, and Squash

As I promised in my previous post, I am sharing the other recipe with you. Actually this is a dish I have made before when I still was in Lebanon and I found myself craving it a couple of weeks ago. Yeah it is this good! On the first time making it, I replaced the butternut squash with potatoes since I had none. This time, we forgot to pick up some couscous from the store, so we had to find an alternative. After consulting with Clint for a few minutes he suggested quinoa. I had bulgur or rice in mind, but I thought it could be a great opportunity for me to try quinoa, on all levels. I have never tasted it before, so you can tell I never cooked it either. So quinoa it was.

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