Today's show is a special celebration of Julie's favorite season of all, the spring. There is something about this time of year that puts a smile on Julie's face and a little spring in her step (ahem) and in her cooking. This full-of-life moment of breathing in the refreshing new air, absorbing the new signs of life all around her and awakening to the sudden surprises that the springtime offers inspires Julie to cook, create and celebrate this sensational season. What better way for Julie to rejoice... [see more] in the stimulating surroundings than by her preparing and sharing a special spring meal with her crown roasted leg of lamb meat called xaruff mishwee infused with a bouquet of fresh herbs and slowly roasted until fork-tender makes quite the centerpiece on the spring-time table. Julie accompanies this amazing main meal with her fire-roasted baby wheat grains infused with aromatics called freekeh, a super-grain that is sweeping the nation along with her steamed spring vegetables that are tossed in a glorious garlic and fresh-herb butter sauce called khoudra b samneh. Together, these impressive platters truly set the stage and make this show a stunning spring sensation during this significant time of year when everything seems possible.
In JULIE TABOULIE'S LEBANESE KITCHEN, chef and Lebanese-American Julie Taboulie celebrates the colorful and flavorful cuisine of Lebanon. Filmed on location throughout the greater Syracuse area and Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Julie shares her authentic array of original Lebanese recipes (tabbouleh, lamb kebab, and Lebanese-style French fries) that have been handed down in her family for over three generations. Throughout the series, the New York native searches for the freshest and finest foods at her favorite farmer's markets and farm stands, winds her way through several Finger Lake wineries, and explores the rich rural farmlands, lakes and landscapes of the region. Julie then stops by her mother's garden before heading back home to her kitchen, where she demonstrates her tried and true tips, tricks, and techniques so that viewers can successfully re-create her recipes themselves.