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Lebanese Cuisine: A world of taste

Though the dishes aren't spicy, certain dishes do have a "zestiness or a little bit of a kick to them," such as tabouli, which is a Middle East salad that includes many of the ingredients listed above, Sageer said.

The classes are family-friendly and a few children have previously joined in the fun. According to Sageer, she was happy the kids who attended the classes had been exposed to different types of cuisine because they tend to be more open to a variety of foods.

Adults, let the kid in you come out in class.

"You don't have to be this great cook or have to cook at all. People shouldn't be shy," Sageer said. "It's a very relaxed environment."

As a cook who is very involved with the food that is being made, Sageer said she goes around to each person in class to check the consistency of their dish to help them get it just right.

"My hope is they continue cooking these things at home for their friends," she said.

Tools necessary for the classes are a food processor, chopping knife, mixing bowl and food scraper or spatula. The food processor is key to making creamy hummus and smooth babaganoush. Class participants will be stationed in pairs, so food processors can be shared.

Lebanese Cuisine will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays July 9, 16, 23 and 30 on the first floor of the community center, 97 State St. in Skaneateles. To register, call the center at 685-2266 or log onto skaneatelescommunitycenter.com. Registration is required and space is limited to 16 people. Cost is $35 per session to cover the cost of food and supplies.

If classes fill up, waiting lists are available.

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