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November 12, 2007


Lisa (Homesick Texan)

Excellent. On a whim this summer I bought a zaatar plant and it's flourishing on my windowsill. I've been looking for recipes to use with the leaves (I've just been using them in place of oregano or thyme) so I can't wait to hear about your big feast.


Twenty Middle Eastern cookbooks?! Clearly I am behind the times! I love to follow your jet-happy life!


::sigh:: sometime my heart aches for fatayer and real-deal Lebanese pickles... totally agree, though - it is next to impossible to edit a mezze menu down to something that can be reasonably accomplished!

Christine (myplateoryours)

Now that's interesting, Lisa. The zaatar I use is a mix -- the herb, sesame seeds and sumac. I have one from Penzey's that has so much sumac the whole thing is red and one from a local grocery that is much herbier and greener. I mix them together. I have never seen or used the herb alone. What my dad always did was to brush Syrian bread with olive oil and scatter the zaatar mix over the bread, then run it under the broiler. Yum!!

Well, All twenty weren't mine, Alanna. My friend brought hers too. But I am a little nuts on the subject.

I know, Sarah -- that's why we need a restaurant here!!


I absolutely understand craving this food -- when I first moved to Boston's South End in the late 1970s, there was a large Lebanese community. We had several excellent restaurants, a pita bakery, and a wonderful market. All that's left now is the market, but I still make trips there several times a year to stock up. I, too, have many cookbooks in my library. Twenty? I'll have to go and count them!

Christine (myplateoryours)

Wish I had that market, Lydia! And keep in mind, the twenty cookbooks was a joint effort!

Susan from Food Blogga

We had the most fabulous Lebanese restaurant where we used to live and plenty in RI, but not here in San Diego (at least not that I'm aware of). So when the craving hits, I have to cook it, which never tastes the same as a restaurant. I think their array of spices is unmatched for a home cook. Delicious post!

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