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Top 5 Potato Recipes: Ranked

A friend of mine recently asked me and a few others what were our top five potato recipes ranked from 1 to 5. You can tell a lot about a person based on what their top potato recipe is. In fact, it’s a great way...

by Marilyn Z. on May 29th, 2018
No Comments  Beautiful foods, Beirut, Face off, Mother knows best



Yesterday, I cooked the best dish I have made in a while and the entire recipe was made from frozen foods. It was a Bisque aux pétoncles et légumes du printemps, a Scallop bisque with spring vegetables. Now this may not seem like such a...

by Marilyn Z. on April 15th, 2014
1 Comment  Beautiful foods, Mother knows best, Paris, The lab



When I was a kid, my mother’s cookbooks were a thing of wonder. She was always a very adventurous cook and she piled up copies of cookbooks, covering everything from chinese to french cuisine. I remember spending hours flipping through them, salivating in front of...

by Marilyn Z. on February 22nd, 2013
No Comments  Beautiful foods, Mother knows best, Side orders


Moving out of Lebanon?
Here’s a checklist of food to take with you

Lovingly illustrated by my dear friend Suzanne Anhoury.

by Marilyn Z. on October 11th, 2012
11 Comments   Beautiful foods, Beirut, Montreal, Mother knows best, New York, Paris, Side orders, Travel


Pommes de Terre Forestières

For those of you who are faint of heart, please refrain from making this recipe. You may even want to consider not reading this post all the way through. Also, consider yourselves warned, looking at the below images may increase your cholesterol levels. This week...

by Marilyn Z. on April 16th, 2012
No Comments  Mother knows best, The lab


My Grandmother’s Sfouf recipe

After raving about my Grandmother’s Sfouf in the Montreal Checklist I am going to share her recipe with all of you. I’m not a very accomplished pastry chef myself. The closest I’ve ever come to making a cake is Banana bread (or in darker days:...

by Marilyn Z. on April 9th, 2012
1 Comment  Beirut, Montreal, Mother knows best, The lab


Decorating Easter eggs the old fashioned way

So it’s that time of the year again, the time of the egg battles. Growing up, I have to admit, the egg taping contest was my favorite thing about Easter. My mother was always very good at picking the winning egg. It had to be...

by Marilyn Z. on April 3rd, 2012
2 Comments   Beautiful foods, Beirut, Mother knows best, The lab


Food checklist – the Montreal edition – 10 Foods you have to have while in Monty

I have been coming to Montreal every year since I was two, and over the years I have built a food checklist of things I have to have in this wonderful city in order to feel like the trip was worth it. Most of my...

by Marilyn Z. on March 28th, 2012
4 Comments   Eating out, Montreal, Mother knows best, Travel


This Valentine’s Day I’m declaring my love for food

My story with food started as a little girl. I was born into a family where love is expressed in the amount of food that we make for someone. The more we like you, the more food on the table. Skipping a dish is a...

by Marilyn Z. on February 7th, 2012
No Comments  Mother knows best, The lab


Mashed Potatoes

My mother’s mashed potatoes is the stuff of legend. Smooth, creamy, heart warming mashed potatoes. My childhood has a tummy full of the golden goo. The secret to good mashed potatoes is butter, butter, butter. From Robuchon’s Michelin Star winning purée to my mom’s homey...

by Marilyn Z. on September 13th, 2011
1 Comment  Mother knows best