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EST. 2011 BY LIZ RUEVEN
Sunday, April 5, 2020

Set Aside 15 Minutes to Prep this Chicken for Roasting

Set Aside 15 Minutes to Prep this Chicken for Roasting

There's almost nothing more tempting than well-seasoned, simply roasted chicken. With aromatics and fresh herbs contributing to mouthwatering jus, Leah Koenig's recipe for Roast Chicken with Thyme and Honey is a spot-on choice for an effortless Passover or Shabbat entree....

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Make your Passover Seders Easier with these Simplified Menus

Make your Passover Seders Easier with these Simplified Menus

No way to stop the calendar, huh? Passover is indeed approaching and nobody wants COVID-19 as an uninvited visitor. Small family gatherings and limited access to ingredients means re-thinking seder preparations. Let's chose to simplify menus and keep the holiday joyful but not exhausting. With these new...

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tropical Pineapple Coconut Hamantaschen

Tropical Pineapple Coconut Hamantaschen

Tropical ingredients always seem to appear in home baked desserts at end of winter. It makes perfect sense. If flavors stimulate our imaginations, there's nothing that says "beach vacation" better than pina colada cocktails. And who wouldn't love a beach vacation at this time of year, even if only in your ima...

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

More than Just a Warming Winter Vegetable Minestrone

More than Just a Warming Winter Vegetable Minestrone

Just nine miles up the road from my home in CT there is a community of women living in a rambling group home on a tidy street of multi-family residences. There is an American flag fluttering in the stiff wind on a frigid January evening. Residents are veterans in need of support, shelter, services and nourish...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Carrot Cake: A Winter Classic Worth Revisiting

Carrot Cake: A Winter Classic Worth Revisiting

I had forgotten how much I love carrot cake until I tasted the one baked by Chef Genee Habansky, owner of Herbaceous Catering Co. in CT. Carrot cake has been a dairy-free, seasonal favorite for kosher keepers since the 1970's when it popped up on menus and was promoted as a healthy dessert. Sure, this reci...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

3 Tips to Healthier Chanukah + Broccoli & Cauliflower Latkes

3 Tips to Healthier Chanukah + Broccoli & Cauliflower Latkes

When Westport Magazine asked me for three tips on how to celebrate a healthier Chanukah all I could muster at first was, "forget the latkes". After all, Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) foods are all about frying in oil which, no matter how you sizzle it, does not point to eight nights of  healthy eating. Af...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Here’s how to Extend the Season with Fried Green Tomatoes

Here’s how to Extend the Season with Fried Green Tomatoes

There's something glorious about ripe juicy tomatoes during summers in New England. As soon as the spring soil warms, we hurry to grow them in pots on city terraces and in patches in our home gardens. Somehow, though, as soon as the season gets going, we sense that it is fleeting. Once October arrives and ...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How to Bake your Challah Full of Blessings

How to Bake your Challah Full of Blessings

There's a challah revolution going on as bakers of all levels knead seasonal ingredients into their Shabbat and festive loaves. Sure, we celebrate the simplicity of traditional challah on Friday nights, but we're excited by creative versions that fuse symbolic ingredients into holiday loaves like this one for...

Monday, September 9, 2019

Chewy Tahini Brownies & the Joy of Sababa Cookbook

Chewy Tahini Brownies & the Joy of Sababa Cookbook

Adeena Sussman's latest cookbook, Sababa Fresh Sunny Flavors from my Israeli Kitchen, joyfully crosses many borders,  much like those who live and eat in her adopted land. With great gusto, she shares recipes and stories rooted in family, season, friendship and place. ♥Want to add something unexpected t...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Make these Watermelon Pops to Beat the Heat

Make these Watermelon Pops to Beat the Heat

I listened with delight as a friend asked her husband which flavors he preferred from the selection of Bees Knees Ice Pops at my CT farmers' market. "You good with Strawberry Lemonade?" she asked. "Yup". "How 'bout Watermelon Strawberry?" "Sure". "Spicy Blueberry Lemonade? Cucumber Mint Lime?" "Yes. Yes. Ye...