Sometimes there’s an unexpected confluence of circumstance that makes writing about holiday foods a real thrill. Maybe it’s the adventure of discovering a new product that I suddenly feel I must have in my ‘fridge at all times.
In my perennial search for traditional foods with a twist, it was a great coincidence when the CT. farmers Robin and Ron Simmons contacted me about trying their organic, local, low fat and kosher yogurt .
Simmons Family Farm Yogurt almost sounded too good to be true. I shared with family and friends and began tasting the product over a period of a couple of weeks, just in time to make the connection between dairy and Shavuot. Continue reading
styling and photo by Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez
Every Mom loves salad. And kids of all ages love pizza.
I’m thinking it’s the perfect union for a simple Mother’s Day meal. Kids and Dads can have a farm to table adventure preparing this one.
Mom will admire their efforts and taste the difference.
I met Leah Schapira one evening this past fall. We were at an intimate gathering of food writers and magazine editors in NYC. It was a convivial group, focused on networking and learning about each other.
We were asked to give an elevator speech to introduce our own projects and platforms. Continue reading
As Passover week approaches, I turned to kosher cookbook author, Susie Fishbein, for an idea on how to make my chicken soup and matzah balls festive and unique. Continue reading
TO COOK OR NOT TO COOK? That is the question!
Not everyone has the inclination or the time to prepare holiday meals, especially those that require a lot of sorting through recipes we may use only once a year.
Here are some ideas for resources if you would like to order items for your Passover Seder on April 6 or the week of Passover April 7-14. It is far from comprehensive, rather an overview of some great choices in both CT. and NYC.
I provide both strictly kosher choices and some that are not, with an understanding that my readers come from a wide range of lifestyles and viewpoints on this issue. Continue reading
Hamantaschen are delectable, triangular filled cookies eaten on the holiday of Purim.
While some think that these tasty folded treats resemble little hats, they are referred to as Oznei Haman in Hebrew and Orecchie d’Aman in Italian, in both cases meaning Haman’s EARS, not hats! Continue reading
Take a moment to pause and imagine: Spring is only a few weeks away!
The Jewish holiday of Tu b’Shvat is a day set aside to celebrate the fruit of the trees and to give thanks for their well-being and bounty.