Caramelized Onion and Poppy Seed Kugel

Quick! Name three quintessentially Jewish foods.  Don’t think too much about it.

I bet that kugel is on your short list.

Even the most health conscious cooks will likely whip up a luscious, highly caloric noodle pudding at some point in the next month as Jews everywhere, celebrate four holidays over five short weeks.  This rapid-fire succession of holidays requires lots of planning and some easy recipes that are guaranteed to please a crowd.

Kugel is a versatile and variable concept. Depending on the region your family hails from, or the place you currently live, your kugel may be creamy and cheese laden, savory with  fresh herbs and veggies, or stacked with potato and onion layers simply seasoned with salt and pepper. Add thinly sliced firm apples or slightly under ripe pears from the orchard?

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Labor Day Reflections

Labor Day’s signal is loud and clear.

Like Pavlov’s dogs, we respond to the first Monday in September with a wave of sadness as the date proclaims that summer is over. Not so fast!

I’ll take this Labor Day to give thanks to those who advocate for fair wages, better working conditions, and fair trade. Now is a good time to re-state our commitment to honoring those who grow our food with concern for our environment and better nutrition for our families.

I’ve come closer to my food sources this year, through an all organic, GMO free, guaranteed local farmers’ market  in my hometown, in  Westport, CT.  As a result of the  persistent efforts and support of town leaders, a visionary and super smart (and strict) market manager and tireless volunteers, I can now turn to my local (within 120 miles) market for farm fresh deliciousness each and every week. Continue reading

Independence Day with Patriotic Pavlova

 

This post was contributed by Melissa Roberts.

What does a July 4th celebration have to do with Kosher Like Me? Well, not a whole lot really.

Except….Jews are an integral part of the American fabric. There are probably more of us here in the U.S. than in any other country or continent.

So celebrate America’s independence?

Absolutely!

For my family, the 4th is an official kickoff for summer complete with house guests, grilling, and a flag cake.

 

This year, I decided to move on from this unoriginal yet always delicious dessert and my mind turned to a pavlova, a marshmallow-y meringue filled with cream and fruit.

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Kosher, Vegetarian, Locavore, Omnivore…


Living in Fairfield County, CT., we are blessed to have properties that are often zoned with a couple of acres of land.  It’s very peaceful but can be a little isolating if you want to connect with your neighbors.

Sometimes we mistakenly imagine that once our kids no longer need friends to ride bikes with “on the block”, we don’t need our neighbors much anymore either.

Eating Out and About During Chanukah

Chanukah has arrived!
And while there is nothing like the sizzling sounds and homey aromas of latkes on the first night of celebration, cooking fatigue may set in by night four or five. Depending on the ages of the little ones and where you live, you may feel inclined to take a break and check out these great choices for eats and treats in Connecticut and NYC.

 

Starting in CT. check out Cake Suite in Westport, where owner and baker Michelle Klem has prepared a riot of  sweets to bring to your party host or to enjoy with your own family.

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One Lucky Winner!

We have a winner!  Julie Smith-Bartoloni, of Boston,  was the lucky 13th person to comment on the site. She will receive the divine choco Moshe from Bond Street Chocolate. Thank you all for your enthusiasm, support and suggestions.  Keep ‘em up!

Sukkot and the Seasonal Shift

It happens like clockwork.  Here in Connecticut, Rosh Hashanah is generally warm and sunny and by Yom Kippur the nights are downright chilly.

Sukkot comes just five days after and the foliage is suddenly tinged with vibrant oranges and happy yellows of Autumn.  The festival of Sukkot requires us to shift our moods suddenly also, from the days of contemplation and solemnity to a spirit of joyful thanksgiving and celebration. Our menus quickly transition to warming foods and for many of us,  that means soup.

In order to not overwhelm the cook with complicated recipes as we head into yet, another holiday, I share this super easy recipe by one of my blogging gal pals, Hannah Kaminsky. Continue reading

Bond Street Chocolate Moses Giveaway

 

The season is shifting noticeably as the temperature cools and the  rapid sequence of fall holidays is poised to roll.  Launching Kosher Like Me as the new year approaches feels just on time!  In my last minute flurry,  I’ve reviewed vast piles of notes and photos corresponding to restaurants, events, chefs, tastings and other extraordinary food experiences that are the reason for bringing it all together in Kosher Like Me.   Here, I will share the pleasure of my discoveries and journeys as I seek creative vegetarian experiences for those who love to eat well.  Some of you may be Kosher Like Me (read ABOUT and FAQ’s) and some may be vegetarian or simply leaning in that direction. WELCOME!! Continue reading