Cooking with the Yazbeks

A few weekends ago, I spent some time on Cranberry Island in Maine with twenty women. It was a birthday celebration for some of us who were turning thirty, some turning forty, and some turning fifty. (I'm not telling which category I fell into.)

There was some serious cooking going on. Especially by the Lebanese family of women who drove down from Canada, the Yazbeks. They range in age from 28 to 42 and collectively have something like a dozen children, literally. And they cook.

The Yazbeks came to Cranberry Island prepared with coolers full of food, family recipes, senses of humor, and even a printed-out menu. Two memorable dishes were the kibbi and the parsley-rich tabouli. They have generously offered to share the recipes...