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EST. 2011 BY LIZ RUEVEN
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...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Blueberry Buckle Says Summer to Us

Blueberry Buckle Says Summer to Us

Call it a crisp, crumble, cobbler or buckle, my family simply calls this summertime dessert THAT favorite blueberry buckle we all love. This dessert is so easy to throw together that you'll be tempted to bring it to all of your warm weather outings when friends say, SURE you can bring a dessert. In fact, y...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Easy Summer Nosh: Smoked Trout Canapés

Easy Summer Nosh: Smoked Trout Canapés

I had the honor of interviewing my friend, cookbook author and keynote speaker, Leah Koenig, at our third annual Southern CT Jewish Food Festival a few days ago. We dished about global Jewish foods, highlighting  the pressing question, what makes Jewish food Jewish, anyway? Ask either of us and we'd be gl...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Lessons Learned between Layers of Lasagna

Lessons Learned between Layers of Lasagna

I've been teaching a trio of teen girls how to prepare healthy, seasonal, mostly vegetarian meals since they were eleven. Yesterday they reminded me that they will be heading to high school in the fall. I'm excited to think that I've given them a foundation for how to prepare nutritious and tasty meals for fr...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Perfect Passover Chocolate Walnut Torte

Perfect Passover Chocolate Walnut Torte

You know that joke about the mother-in-law who shares her son's favorite recipe with the daughter-in-law but leaves out just a few key instructions so that the recipe fails? Voila! The mother-in-law continues to be THE BEST maker of her son's favorite cake. This is NOT that story. Because when I asked Litz...