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| The Cedar Kitchen http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com Healthy Mediterranean Recipes Mon, 14 May 2018 17:46:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-The-Cedar-Spoon_Site_Logo-1-32x32.png | The Cedar Kitchen http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com 32 32 Hot Cheetos and Labne (Kefir Cheese) http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/recipe/hot-cheetos-and-lebne-kefir-cheese/ http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/recipe/hot-cheetos-and-lebne-kefir-cheese/#respond Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:19:19 +0000 http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/?post_type=recipe&p=412 Hear me out on this one. Looking for something new to add to your go-to junk food list? Well try this Hot Cheetos and Labne recipe.

Labne is always found in my fridge. Its very tasty and goes great with some olive oil and salt. However, every no and then I like to experiment with Labne. Labne is also known as ‘Kefir cheese’. It can be found at any Middle Eastern grocery store. Unfortunate, I do not know of a substitute for this ingredient so you have look far and wide. I’m also hear to help. If you really want to try this, message me and I can help you find one in your area.

The second ingredient is Hot Cheetos. Normally, I would dip a Cheeto into the Labne. However, that’s the easy route. For this recipe, we will be carefully mixing these ingredients together to make a nice dip for chips or for more Hot Cheetos. These ingredient were very hard to deal with. I first ground up the Cheetos then mixed them with the Labne. The consistency was really think and it was very hard to mix. So I used a processes and some olive oil to help out.

The end result was this creamy red dip. Honestly, I did not like the color, but I really wasn’t working with much anyways. I also found out that green onions made it taste even better.

Try out my hot Cheetos and Labne recipe and let me know what you think.

Hot Cheetos and Labne
Servings5-6 People
Prep Time10 Minutes
  1. Grind up the Hot Cheetos with a blender
  2. Mix one cup of Labne with olive oil in a blender or processor and mix until smooth
  3. Mix in green onions with a spoon
  4. Scoop in a bowl and serve
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Italian Cheesy Potatoes http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/recipe/italian-cheesy-potatoes/ http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/recipe/italian-cheesy-potatoes/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:40:34 +0000 http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/?post_type=recipe&p=171 This Italian Cheesy Potatoes recipe was something I conjured up from scratch. I have some left over potatoes and pecorino cheese from prior recipes. If you explore my blog, you will find the pecorino cheese is my favorite. It goes well with pretty much everything. The potatoes I used were regular russet potatoes. The next time I make this recipe, I will try it with red potatoes. If you use red potatoes, let me know how it came out.

This dish was fairly easy to make. I just had to cut up the potatoes, shred the cheese and mix all the ingredients together. A mandolin was used to cut the potatoes thin. If you don’t have a mandolin, try cutting the potatoes in an even fashion.


Italian Cheesy Potatoes
Au gratin style potatoes with an Italian twist!
Servings3-4 People
Prep Time20 Minutes
Cook Time30-40 Minutes
  1. Preheat Oven to 350F
  2. Cut up potatoes with a mandoline or slice them by hand
  3. Place potatoes into a pan
  4. Mix butter and salt into broth. Then pour onto the potatoes
  5. Add garlic powder and basil
  6. Sprinkle pecorino and Parmesan cheese on top of potatoes
  7. Cover up pan and bake for 30-40 minutes
  8. If you want a golden brown top, remove the cover and place under low-heat broiler for 3-5 minutes
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Lebanese Yellow Cake (Sfouf) http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/recipe/lebanese-semolina-cake-sfouf/ http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/recipe/lebanese-semolina-cake-sfouf/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:10:43 +0000 http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/?post_type=recipe&p=154 This was my first attempt at making this cake. I always viewed it as a difficult dish. However, after trying it out, I was surprised on how easy it was to make. You can find these cakes at any middle eastern sweet shop. The Lebanese Sfouf cake is also a primary cake that is served to guests. If you ever visit a Middle Eastern home, most likely, you will be served this cake.

I love the way this cake turned out. It was nice and moist. The color was beautiful. I am not a fan of the color yellow but this cake really has a bright beautiful yellow hue. Making it was very easy. The ingredients I used are found in the majority of cakes out there. However, this recipe calls for turmeric and anise seed. I am familiar with turmeric however, anise seed was new to me. You cannot make this recipe anise seed so there are no substitutions I know of. I needed to fined ground anise seed. I couldn’t fine ground anise seed at my local market. I was able to find whole anise seeds that I was able to grind in a blender. My mother told me that the Middle Eastern markets sell ground anise seeds. So if you have a middle eastern market near by, grab some ground anise seed for his recipe. Otherwise, just grind it in a blender. Turmeric is easy to find every where so you should not have any trouble.

I challenge you to try out this recipe. It really is different than your usual cake recipes. The anise seed gives it a unique flavor that you cannot find anywhere. Try it out and let me know how it goes!

Lebanese Semolina (Sfouf)
This cake is a common Lebanese sweet that has a very unique taste
Servings10-12 People
Prep Time25 Minutes
Cook Time50 Minutes
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Mix the semolina, flour, baking powder, turmeric and ground aniseed in a bowl
  3. Add the butter to the bowl and mix with the flour.
  4. Combine and sugar and milk. Once dissolved, the the milk and sugar to the flour mix.
  5. Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth texture
  6. Pour the ingredients into a greased pan. The pan should be higher than two inches in height. I used a rectangular shaped pan.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
  8. Let it cool down when finished. Cut into squares or whatever shape you like and enjoy 🙂
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Perfect Hummus http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/recipe/perfect-hummus/ http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/recipe/perfect-hummus/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 01:40:26 +0000 http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/?post_type=recipe&p=133 Hummus was almost a daily part of growing up in a Lebanese family. I must have had it at least ever other day. Its such a versatile dish that can be customized in many ways. I personally like it two ways; regular and spicy. I’ll post my very own spicy hummus recipe soon. Its basically the same recipe with some chili powder and jalapenos.

There are a lot of good hummus recipes out there. They all are very basic. However, as with a lot of my ingredients, I like to add vinegar to the mix. Especially white wine vinegar. Read my blog post so you can learn all about why I love white wine vinegar. Vinegar gives it a little zest that goes well with pita or tortilla chips.

The recipe is very simple. Get all the ingredients and blend them together! If you want to get really fancy, get the dried chick peas and soak them in water overnight. It definitely gives the hummus a different taste. Although, in my opinion, both canned and dried chick peas provide great taste.

Try out the recipe and let me know what you think!

Perfect Hummus
Authentic Hummus Recipe!
Servings2-4 People
Prep Time10 Minutes
Cook Time5 Minutes
  1. In a food processor, blend all the ingredients until smooth. If texture is too thick, add some water slowly until you get the desired texture.
  2. Scoop up hummus and serve. Drizzle olive oil on top to add extra flavor. Pairs very well with tortilla or pita chips

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About The Cedar Kitchen http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/2017/11/01/about-the-cedar-kitchen/ http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/2017/11/01/about-the-cedar-kitchen/#respond Wed, 01 Nov 2017 01:37:38 +0000 http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/?p=109 Hello this page is going to talk about who created the cedar kitchen

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Italian Au Gratin http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/2017/11/01/italian-au-gratin/ http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/2017/11/01/italian-au-gratin/#respond Wed, 01 Nov 2017 01:30:11 +0000 http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/?p=94 I added an Italian twist to a simple Potato Au Gratin recipe

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Classic Hummus http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/2017/11/01/classic-hummus/ http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/2017/11/01/classic-hummus/#respond Wed, 01 Nov 2017 01:25:28 +0000 http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/?p=81 Try out this simple hummus recipe!

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Margherita Pizza! http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/2017/10/27/hello-world/ http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/2017/10/27/hello-world/#comments Fri, 27 Oct 2017 03:25:17 +0000 http://thecedarkitchen.com/bg_thecedarkitchen.com/?p=1 Check out my Marghertia Pizza recipe! 

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