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Meet Our Newest Tastemaker: Maureen Abood

14 Feb

Photo credit: Maureen Abood

We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest Tastemaker, Maureen Abood. Maureen is an award-winning blogger and author of the award-winning cookbook, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. Her recipes, stories, and products have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, Saveur, Food & Wine, among many others.  We fell in love with not only her recipes, but her eye for details.

We asked Maureen to share one of her favorite recipes and she was quick to suggest her popular lebanese fattoush salad.

Photo credit: Maureen Abood

LEBANESE FATTOUSH SALAD

The recipe is printed with permission from Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen (Running Press 2015)

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES
SERVINGS: 8
RECIPE BY: MAUREEN ABOOD

I could eat this salad every single day and still want more! See how it’s done in my video, right here! Get the Fattoush Kit for the vinaigrette here! Find the recipe for the pita chips here. You can add cucumbers and any other vegetables you have on hand to this salad. The more the merrier!

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INGREDIENTS

Photo credit: Maureen Abood

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For the vinaigrette, in a small bowl whisk the lemon, pomegranate molasses, garlic, salt, 1 teaspoon of the Garlic Mint Salt, 1 teaspoon of the sumac, and olive oil until it is thoroughly combined.
  2. In your big salad bowl, combine the romaine, tomatoes, onion, radishes, and pita chips. Dress the salad with the vinaigrette, tossing it to evenly coat everything. Dust the fattoush with the remaining Garlic Mint Salt and sumac, fresh mint, and serve immediately.

Photo credit: Maureen Abood

You can find all of her recipes in her award-winning cookbook, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen.

While Maureen is known for her cooking, we also think she has excellent taste in details.  As our Tastemaker, she has chosen classic, elegant personalized items that reflect her sense of style.  You can see all of her Tastemaker picks on our site and let them inspire you to create your own.

“I love to treat myself to personalized stationery every year for my birthday in February. The fun is spending some time selecting the style, fonts, paper and the ink colors, and then the little surprise when I receive them of how beautifully they turned out. This year I designed a heavy-weight letterpress flat card with a contrasting lined, addressed envelope. One of my favorite color combinations is green and blue, so when the set I ordered arrived in such happy colors with the artisan beauty of the letterpress and substantial weight of the card in hand . . . well, I can’t decide what’s better: getting to be the one to write on these stunning cards, or being a recipient of such a beautiful piece of stationery. It will be a pleasure to write my birthday thank-you notes, and the many lovely sentiments my people deserve in the year ahead.” ~ Maureen

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know a little about Maureen!  You can learn more about all of our Tastemakers on our site and their personalized picks.

XO,

Jennifer

 

Winter Fun in the Kitchen

26 Jan

jan-cooking-001aI just love a cold weekend day when I’m home and can spend some time in the kitchen. It’s the perfect time to cook pots of soups, stew, spaghetti sauce and chili. I often cook large pots of these warm treats and freeze them in containers for quick lunches on cold days.

I also remember when my kids, now both in their 20’s, were home and would love to spend the day in the kitchen with me. They’d be right there, asking what they could do to help, being my official mixers, my rubber spatula lickers, my egg crackers and my buddies for the days.  And my two poodles were right there waiting for their treats too, never leaving our side!  The kids would especially love when we’d bake.  Over the years we’ve made endless batches of chocolate chip cookies, brownies and banana breads.

jan-cooking-002For younger moms, just starting to enjoy these precious times with their little cooks, we have some really fun gear that your kids will love to wear.  They will instantly will become your official chefs in training.  And the outfits will certainly make some wonderful memories, and great pictures!

Now that my kids are older, once the soups, sauces and treats are done, I package them up, freeze most of it, and send them off to college for my younger son or when he returns to school after break and I hand the treats off to my older son when we meet for dinner and he returns to his apartment in Chicago.  They still love to enjoy homemade soups and baked treats.

So enjoy these cold winter days.  Find some time to spend in the kitchen cooking your favorites and smelling the warm treats in the oven or on the stove.  Start your own traditions and find the recipes you and your family will love to enjoy.  The memories will be precious.

Happy Winter!

Renee