Chef Ghada Abdo and crew will provide a memorable traditional Lebanese dinner served in the native family style starting with small plate appetizers of tabbouleh, hummus, stuffed grape leaves
, olives and pita bread, and more," church member David Clemmons said.
1- Dolma, stuffed grape leaves
, Turkish and Greek cuisine - Lesya Dolyk/Flicker Moussaka: while some argue that Moussaka is also of Greek origin, an ancient Arabic cooking book from the 13th century called "A Baghdad Cookery Book" had the recipe in it which suggests otherwise, according to the Culture Trip's website.
Inside, Nathan travels from ancient Babylon to the present day, introducing readers to the sweet-and-sour stuffed grape leaves
made by a Persian woman living in Los Angeles, the spicy chocolate rugelach baked by a Mexican-Jewish chef with Ashkenazi roots, and a fragrant carrot salad cooked on an Israeli moshav by Jews originally hailing from India.
Middle Eastern Meze: Influenced by the flavors of Dubai, a meze of spiced eggplant dip, lemon-rice stuffed grape leaves
and lamb kibbeh served over hot pita.
Typical selections range from a few slabs of simple, creamy white cheese or thin slices of smoked sturgeon to more sophisticated dishes such as stuffed grape leaves
or stuffed green peppers (dolma), vegetables such as smoked eggplant or eggplant and watercress folded in garlic yogurt, chickpea paste (hummus), potato salad, cracked wheat in tomato and chili sauce (kysyr) and more.
For those fasting, Khanafer suggests the following dishes in particular: foul, lentil soup, vegetarian stuffed grape leaves
, hummus, balila, baba ghanouj, vegetarian green beans, vegetarian okra, vegetarian Lebanese moussakaa, lentil kibbeh, pumpkin kibbeh, falafel, spinach stuffed fatayer, vegetarian stuffed Swiss chard, stuffed zucchini and eggplant in oil and muhammara.
Also featured are favorite dishes their friends have cooked, like Tony Shalloub's Stuffed Grape Leaves
and Natasha Richardson's Pissaladiere, as well as dishes Stanley's talented, food-loving children have created, including Camilla's Raspberry Ripple Lemon Cake and Nico's Pasta with Prosciutto, Onions, Peas and Pancetta.
The Manship also provided stuffed grape leaves
, crawfish etouffee, and goat cheese pepper tarts.
Main course included the famous stuffed grape leaves
known as dolma; kuzu g\'fcve\'e7 \f0 lamb casserole with tomato okra, peppers and eggplant; k\'f6fte, which is made with ground meat, as well as the popular doner kebab, similar to the shawarma, but presented with Turkish bread and spices.
Hummus and pita chips, baba ghanouj and stuffed grape leaves
are arranged artfully with an assortment of olives and whole almonds.
A culinary wealth of olive oil based recipes range from Chicken Breasts with Asparagus and Pea Orzo; Sockeye Salmon with Spinach and Beet Greens; Stuffed Grape Leaves
with Brown Rice, Kale, and Fresh Herbs; to Kalamata Olive Bread with Rosemary; Tuna with Citrus and Avocado Salad; Homemade Olive Oil Mayonnaise; and Finger Lime Kamikaze Shots with Mint and Olive Oil.
And apparently what makes him really happy is stuffed grape leaves