As the Pacific Northwest winter closes in, you may find yourself dreaming of warmer – nay, hotter – climes. Greece, for example, or possibly Lebanon may come to mind. Don’t fight it. Just throw on some culturally appropriate music and crank up your woodstove. Now you have the perfect setting for delicacies from Exquisite N Traditional, an Olympia-based company specializing in middle eastern products. Owner Habib Serhan was born in Lebanon and his recipes were passed down by his mother and grandmother.
Currently, The Yelm Food Cooperative carries their all-natural hummus made from garbanzo beans, squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, fresh garlic cloves, tahini and sea salt. Habib also makes another delicious dish called labneh, a soft cheese made from strained yogurt. The latter makes an excellent low-calorie alternative to regular cream cheese. The yogurt is made from natural, growth hormone-free milk, which is then combined with olive oil, sea salt, garlic, dried mint and cucumber. Look for it in the refrigerated section near the produce.
Side note: they also cater with a larger range of entrees and side dishes! So if you want to go all in: make a full playlist, order more firewood, send for some ouzo and call them or visit http://shop.organicntraditional.com/main.scRead More