Confusing, for one thing. When Shape provided a recipe for Double-Lemon Labneh Cheesecake with Pistachio Crust in April 2020, the game was on. Cheesecake? Yes. Double-Lemon? How about Double-Yes? Pistachios? Nothing else compares. But what to make of this “Labneh” thing? Just what is that supposed to be? The internet provided answers, though unsurprisingly, many… Continue reading What the Heck is Labneh?
Really, Just Like Chicken?
Saying something is “just like chicken” has become something of a culinary joke by now, a sure sign the speaker lacks imagination or descriptive ability. Maybe so, but what if something is surprisingly similar to chicken? Especially when it’s not even meat? Cauliflower achieves such a feat when it’s prepared after the Lebanese fashion and… Continue reading Really, Just Like Chicken?
Busy Little Honeybee
Not only do honeybees pollenate our crops, bringing the next round of fruits and vegetables, but they also produce a smooth golden nectar (honey) that enhances much of our cooking. Pretty amazing accomplishment for a small insect buzzing along happily. Here’s one of the culinary superstars now, taking nourishment not too far from the kitchen:… Continue reading Busy Little Honeybee
Another of Wine’s Benefits
You’d imagine after grape vines contributed their fruit to create the world’s extraordinary wines we humans would allow them a peaceful off-season, with thanks for a job well done. Yes, you’d think so, but those resourceful Mediterraneans had something else in mind when they finished harvesting the grapes. Why not use the leaves to wrap savory… Continue reading Another of Wine’s Benefits