Mama's Lebanese Kitchen - Traditional Lebanese Recipes Traditional Lebanese Recipes Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:42:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mama’s Christmas Turkey: How to Cook a Turkey, Lebanese Style Tue, 23 Dec 2014 02:35:20 +0000 Lebanese Chestnut Roasted Turkey and NutsChristmas is around the corner and Mama’s turkey is a main feast that all our family  is patiently awaiting. And so are her friends. You could certainly call it Lebanese as my wife jokingly says since it has the 7-spices, but this is a recipe that mom cooked and perfected for decades using a creative blend of techniques and ...]]> 0 Easy Baked Fish With Garlic Lemon Marinade Sat, 28 Jun 2014 03:06:10 +0000 Baked Red Snapper RecipeWhen my father used to go on a diet and seafood was served for lunch, mom used to bake him this simple garlic and lemon fish versus the fried fish us kids used to enjoy. This baked fish recipe tastes awesome grilled on mesquite charcoal as well. “zayt w toom w hamud” which means oil, ...]]> 1 Lebanese Fruit Cocktail With Rose Water Ashta Cream Sat, 07 Jun 2014 23:10:00 +0000 Lebanese Fruit CocktailOne of the many street foods you could encounter while roaming Lebanese cities is an all-time favorite special fruit cocktail that is garnished with nuts, ashta cream and honey. There are many variations of the cocktail, and what we’re featuring in this post is what’s referred to as “cocktail shikaf” which translates to “fruit chunks cocktail”. Anatomy of ...]]> 2 Original Lebanese Ashta Recipe – Clotted Cream With Rose Water Thu, 11 Jul 2013 06:46:31 +0000 Lebanese Ashta RecipeWhat is Ashta (Kashta)? If you’re familiar with Arabic and Lebanese sweets, you would know that “Ashta” is a major ingredient and is considered as the king of fillers.  Ashta is a slang word for “Kashta” in classical Arabic, which refers to clotted cream prepared with rose water and orange blossom water. Ashta is used ...]]> 11 Simple Fruit Salad Recipe: Lebanese Style Tue, 09 Apr 2013 04:08:48 +0000 Lebanese Fruit Cocktail RecipeJust Fast Food For the FOB When I first got off the boat in the US in the mid 90’s, one of the things that surprised me was the lack of healthy food options around. In fact, virtually all stores and restaurants in that small Midwest college town served what seemed like chain-grade processed food. ...]]> 0 Baked Fish With Sumac and Oregano Spices Fri, 04 Jan 2013 18:20:47 +0000 oregano-baked-fish-6Whenever I think of this dish my mouth waters! It sure teases the tongue with a barrage of complex flavors from earthy spices like Oregano/Thyme, Sumac and garlic along with green and red peppers. Mom has been baking this fish for a long time yet she doesn’t have a consistent official name for it. For ...]]> 25 Baba Ghanouj – Roasted Eggplants With Garlic and Tahini Sun, 18 Nov 2012 18:50:25 +0000 Baba Ghanouj RecipeWe just came back from a visit to Lebanon and in the process captured a whole bunch of recipes straight from Mama’s kitchen. This Baba Ghanouj recipe is our first installment for now. Baba Ghanouj is made by mashing roasted eggplants with Tahini paste, some garlic, and a bit of white vinegar to help lighten ...]]> 16 Juice Fast Days 11-15: Going Back to Normal, and Conclusions Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:11:11 +0000 Juice Diet Fruits Veggies RainbowLast night I concluded my 15-day Juice Diet journey and it feels good to go back to normal life, almost. The next few days I need to ease back into my normal diet, with slowly introducing animal-based fats and proteins otherwise I could shock my body and get sick if I go at it at ...]]> 0 Juice Fast Days 7-10 of 15: Facing Temptations Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:22:10 +0000 Sarah's PlateI didn’t drop off the fasting I’m still on, and so is Lino (Lee). We just had an issue with the website over the past few days and couldn’t make an update so for now we’re going to update days 7-10 in one post. As those 4 days went by, I personally felt lighter inside ...]]> 4 Juice Fast Day 6 of 15: Saggy Pants! Thu, 06 Sep 2012 20:44:35 +0000 purple-juiceI wore one of my regular jeans today and was walking around the house when I heard my wife’s sweet giggles at my saggy pants.   Apparently, and even though  I haven’t lost that much weight yet, however the juice fast seems to have put me in a position of needing a belt for my current ...]]> 4