The chicken and the egg

By Habeeb Salloum Issue #139 • January/February, 2013 One cannot think of our culinary world without chicken or eggs. Chicken is one of the world's most consumed meats and eggs are on the tables of the...

Do you suffer from gout? Here are some recipes that might help

By Habeeb Salloum Issue #103 • January/February, 2007 For two days we had been exploring the fantastic ruins of Petra, Jordan's number-one tourist attraction. The last day, after walking around intrigued by this ancient Arab Nabataean...

My garden — A springboard of food, pleasure, and history

By Habeeb Salloum Issue #80 • March/April, 2003 "You mean that from this postage-size garden you grow enough vegetables and herbs to last you all year?" my friend asked in disbelief as he watched me plant...

Growing and Using Cilantro

By Habeeb Salloum Cilantro (also called fresh coriander, Chinese parsley, Mexican parsley, Spanish parsley, and Thai parsley) is one of the oldest herbal condiments known to humankind. It is thought to be the first herb...

The chicken and the egg

By Habeeb Salloum Issue #139 • January/February, 2013 One cannot think of our culinary world without chicken or eggs. Chicken is one of the world's most consumed meats and eggs are on the tables of the...

Growing Potatoes in Straw

By Habeeb Salloum Issue #100 • July/August, 2006 Virtually unknown to people in other parts of the world, the inhabitants in the Northern European countries have for hundreds of years grown potatoes above ground in straw...

Eggplant salad

Recipe of the Week  Eggplant salad  Courtesy of Habeeb Salloum   You'll find this recipe and over 400 more in Backwoods Home Cooking.Click Here Ingredients 1 large eggplant (about 2 lbs.) oil for frying 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1 small hot pepper, very finely...

Pistachios — Historic and healthy nuts

By Habeeb Salloum Issue #125 • September/October, 2010 Pistachios (Pistacia vera), whose name derives from the Persian word pisteh, is believed to have originated in Iran. For thousands of years they thrived in western Asia, in...

Middle Eastern breads

By Habeeb Salloum Issue #135 • May/June, 2012 Arabs, the majority people in the Middle East, eat bread with every meal. In tradition and in daily life, bread is held to be a divine gift from...

Moroccan mint tea

Recipe of the Week  Moroccan mint tea  Courtesy of Habeeb Salloum   You'll find this recipe and over 400 more in Backwoods Home Cooking.Click Here Ingredients 4-1/2 cups boiling water 3 tsp. green tea (if not available, Indian tea may be...

Bologna sandwiches and roasted rabbit

By Habeeb Salloum Issue #61 • January/February, 2000 "I don't know what I'm going to do with all this bologna!" My mother was speaking to herself as she tried to find room for two huge bologna...

Tahini — A health food par-excellence

By Habeeb Salloum Issue #89 • September/October, 2004 Since time immemorial tahini has been a choice food in the countries which edge the eastern Mediterranean. The product of hulled and crushed sesame seeds, this delectable, nourishing,...

Habeeb Salloum — Poet, Traveler, Recipe Writer

Habeeb Salloum, 95, a poet, world traveler, linguist, and author of recipe books on Middle Eastern cuisine, has written recipe articles for Backwoods Home Magazine for 19 years. The son of Syrian immigrant farmers,...

Lentil and meat stew

Recipe of the Week  Lentil and meat stew  Courtesy of Habeeb Salloum   You'll find this recipe and over 400 more in Backwoods Home Cooking.Click Here Ingredients 4 Tbsp. butter 1/2 lb. beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 medium onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic,...