Persian Food from the Non-Persian Bride

Reyna Simnegar, author of Persian Food from the Non-Persian Bride, will demo dishes unique to Persian cuisine at an evening of tasting and culture presented by Chabad of Westport, CT. on Thursday, March 29 at 7 PM.

A total of seven dishes will be sampled and discussed as Simnegar shares her riveting story of growing up Catholic in Venezuela, discovering that she was a descendent of Conversos from Spain, and converting to Judaism. Her journey continued when she met her husband, Sammy Simnegar, who was born in Shiraz, Iran and came from a traditional Jewish family where Persian kosher delights are prized and at the center of every family gathering. Continue reading

Cooking Heart Healthy Foods with Jennifer Abadi at the JCC in Manhattan

Invite me to a cooking class?  I am in!
 I love them all: demos, hands on, famous chefs, home-style cooks … I am eager to be inspired by some unfamiliar flavor or technique.
But with the steep cost of these classes,  I need to choose carefully.
For me that means honing in on classes that focus on using health conscious, vegetarian or kosher ingredients. While perusing the online schedule for the JCC in Manhattan, I ran into a class being taught by Jennifer Abadi called Delicious Heart-Healthy Foods.
When I saw the menu, I knew I needed to attend.

The Seduction of Dark Chocolate

The powers of dark chocolate have been revealed in study after study.
 I admit to feeling giddy each time my disbelief is dispelled. The exciting news, that dark chocolate can help reduce mild high blood pressure, was big enough.
But then came the news that dark chocolate is a potent antioxidant that works hard to battle free radicals that prompt disease.
How happy are we?!
Whether you celebrate St. Valentine’s Day or not  (the discussion revolves around its pagan roots in a fertility festival called Jupercalia) the seduction of chocolate inevitably beckons as mid- February approaches. Continue reading

The New Year of the Trees

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.

Perfect timing. Continue reading

Island Flavors on Canouan

Grilled Fish or  roasted chicken are the perfect foil for this flavor packed Creole Sauce that Chef Shabba prepared for us more than once while we ate his delicious food on Canouan Island in the Grenadines.

 

It also is great as a topping for eggs or alongside a grilled cheese sandwich! Continue reading

o.a.t.s. Spells Delicious Granola



Julie Gaines
and Dana Noorily exude the confidence and buoyancy of two 30 something’s on the rise.  It is the vibe of energetic women having a good time together. They finished each other’s sentences, pausing just long enough to catch their breath as they shared their story of creating o.a.t.s. with me.

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.

Poached Pears The Easy Way

Here is a reliably tasty recipe for luscious and elegant poached pears.
This recipe came to me via my friend Elise, blogger at Much Ado About Stuffing.
 She is a fearless kosher cook with an endless array of great recipes up her sleeve.
I love this recipe because it is not hugely decadent but it’s still packed with flavor. It is super flexible, especially when it comes to adding a topping after the pears come out of the oven. Continue reading