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“Julie Taboulie” is really cooking on TV

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“Julie Taboulie” is really cooking on TV

By Ray Hanania

julietaboulieJulie Taboulie is a Lebanese American chef and television talk show host who made her name by fine tuning the art of Middle Eastern cooking.

Today, “Taboulie,” whose real name is Julie Ann Sageer, is from Central New York of Lebanese American heritage.

Her online bio explains, “As a young Lebanese girl growing up in the suburbs of Liverpool, Julie Ann knew early on that she was a little different, as she was enjoying dishes like hummus, babaganoush, tabouli, falafel and grape leaves. In fact, so much so that she garned the nickname ‘Julie Taboulie’ from her family, which in which they still love calling her to this day, except only now she has graduated to Miss Tabouli!”

Cooking with Julie Taboulie is unique in that she is of Middle East heritage, and that gives her a special edge. She grew up with the real Middle Eastern food, not the knock-offs and the wannabes.

The show made Television history in 2012 by becoming the first, and only, Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine cooking show series airing in the United States

I remember first meeting Julie back in 2010. We definitely both share a love for cooking and especially Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food. She has the perfect personality to become one of the nation’s top chefs specializing in Lebanese and Arab cuisine.

And why not? Why shouldn’t the experts on TV be of Middle East heritage in instructing the public on how to cook the finest in Mediterranean dishes.

Her show “Cooking with Julie Taboulie” launched nationwide on Public Television in May 2013 after a very successful run hosted by the New York public television syndication on WCNY.

The Finger Lakes region of New York state serves as the picturesque setting for the series, and its local farms, farmers markets and vineyards furnish the fresh food and heart-healthy ingredients used in each episode, her promotional information notes.

In Cooking with Julie Taboulie, Old world meets new world is beautifully and brilliantly showcased within in each exciting, engaging and entertaining episode of Julie Taboulie Lebanese Cuisine.

Julie joyfully clarifies, simplifies and demystifies these deceptively distinctive and delicious dishes and, decadent desserts all while educating, enlightening and encouraging her awe-amazed audiences of the “secrets” to successfully making and, most of all, “mastering” her mouthwatering Lebanese and Middle Eastern masterpieces right at home!

Julie prepares and presents a variety of Old World family recipes, including malfouf (a Lebanese-style stuffed cabbage), sayadeyeh (a fish and rice dish) and harissa (a semolina-based yogurt) using tried-and-true techniques.

Each episode delivers these seemingly out-of-reach food in an accessible way, encouraging viewers to make and master these distinctive and delicious dishes at home, her promotional materials offer.

The show as nominated for an Emmy in 2013 in the category “Outstanding Informational-Instructional Program.” Produced by Julie Taboulie Television, she has won both the Telly Award and the Communicator Award.

Sageer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Broadcasting Communications from Long Island University at C.W. Post Campus.

Anyone who loves Middle Eastern food will love watching Cooking with Julie Taboulie on their local TV station. Go online to check her broadcast times and stations.

You can get more information on Julie Taboulie online.

Click here for her website. Click here for information on WCNY American Public Television. Click here for information on Create TV.

Click here to visit the show’s Facebook Fan Page.

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Managing Writer at The Arab Daily News
RAY HANANIA — Managing Writer

Ray Hanania is the Managing Writer of the Arab Daily News online news site. He is an award winning former Chicago City Hall political reporter and columnist who covered the beat from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley). Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions.In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also writes for Al Jazeera English. Hanania has written for the Jerusalem Post,, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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