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Signature Dish: Rick Elias’ kibbeh

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    South Portland's Rick Elias makes his family's Lebanese kibbeh, while is goddaughter and grandniece Arria Doll, 8, watches the process.

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    Elias mixes ground lamb with smeed (bulgar wheat). Other ingredients include toasted snoba, (pine nuts), ground beef, onions and sometimes cinnamon or cumin.

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    A family photograph of Rick Elias' grandfather Ollie Elias and his wife, Nezera, from 1895 in South Portland.

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    Elias' grandmother Nezera immigrated from Lebanon to Bangor in the late 1800s.

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    Olie Elias, Rick's grandfather, immigrated to America from Lebanon, then known as Syria.

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    Arria Doll presses ground meat into a glass pan for cooking.

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    The Elias family's kibbeh dish paired with tabouli and rice.

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