My Sweet Marie

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It’s picnic season folks, pick a few things off my list, grab your sweetie and head for a beach, the hills, or a park!

My Sweet Marie

There’s nobody who loves a picnic more than me…I don’t think! I love to pack it and I love to attend them! One time I packed a picnic for a friend that just had a baby. I called her and said don’t make dinner, I am bringing it over. I told her hubby to call me when the baby was settled and to lay a blanket on the living room floor! I packed them a beautiful dinner of salad, peach poached chicken, green beans almondine, rice and I know I packed an appetizer and  dessert but cannot remember what they were. She said that they had food for two days and I was glad for it! How nice not to worry about food when you have a new baby in the house!

Now back to picnics, I mean the pack a basket of food and head to the nearest park or…

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Growing up my mother always made this salad, as did my husband’s mother and it’s delicious! If you grew up with a garden in your backyard then likely you’ve had this too! You only need a few ingredients and voila the tastiest, freshest salad ever! To me this is comfort food and each bite full brings back memories of childhood dinners with a table full of  siblings making all kinds of noise! You will need fresh leaf lettuce from the garden or the market!


  • 1 head of fresh leaf lettuce washed and roughly chopped
  • 250 ml sour cream, or goat’s sour cream or whichever sour cream you can tolerate!
  • 2 tbsp. vinegar
  • salt and pepper


  1. have your washed lettuce chopped and ready to go.
  2. in a large bowl, mix the sour cream with vinegar and salt and pepper till runny.
  3. toss in your lettuce and combine.
  4. Serve with BBQ chicken, potato salad and watermelon for dessert!
  5. Enjoy!



  •  1 tbsp. Paprika
  •  1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. smoked chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Cayenne if you want them spicy, if not then omit)

Can be made into a larger batch, stored in a tightly sealed jar in the pantry! Feel free to vary the ingredients to your taste!

Let me start by saying I am not Lebanese so I don’t profess to be an expert on Lebanese food. But I can tell you that I do love the cooking! Today I was feeling like Kofta Kebobs so away I go. I have this recipe posted already but to make it easier for you, I am re-posting. It is:


  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground lamb
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tbsp. sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. grated white onion
  • handful fresh parsley chopped
  • 2-3 tsp of Lebanese spice mix


  1. Shape onto kebab sticks in shape of a sausage . These may be made and refrigerated overnight till ready to cook. BBQ till cooked through.

Lebanese spice mix:

  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. allspice
  • 1 tbsp. cumin or cinnamon for a different flavor!
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger

Mix and store in a tightly sealed jar for future use!