Corn Souffle Bids Farewell to Summer

Corn Souffle

Written and photographed by Melissa Roberts

September is a month with an identity crisis. What can we depend on weather wise? Each day is a new surprise. A crisp snap of autumn one moment, the next, temps climb into the 90s. And when a holiday comes around (Sukkot, so soon?), how do we plan accordingly? Luckily, mid September continues to bring late summer’s harvest of tomatoes, corn, and fresh herbs. Continue reading

Imam Bayeldi but Let’s Hope You Don’t

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Did you know that summer leeks are traditional on Sephardic tables on Rosh Hashanah?  I did not. Here’s how it goes:

The Aramaic word for leeks is “karti”, which is very similar to the Hebrew, “yikartu”, meaning to “cut off”. We pray that our enemies will be “cut off”, allowing for safety and security of the Jewish people and all of our friends.

Long, layered stalks of Leeks are neatly lined up in your local markets now along with the long-awaited abundance of perfectly ripe tomatoes and gorgeous eggplants.

This is how we connect seasonal ingredients to holiday dishes. Yup, it goes beyond apples and pomegranates, for sure.

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Chilled Soups Highlight Summer Produce

photo: Marcia Selden Catering

photo: Marcia Selden Catering

Marcia Selden Catering

If the thought of summer entertaining makes you sweat as you envision standing over a hot stove, consider trying one of these unique, delicious, chilled soups.  Continue reading

MagNoodles: Organic Pasta for your Summer Pleasure

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Recently, a friend of E’s, a budding Broadway star at the ripe old age of 23, asked me if I would boil up some of his college pal’s Mom’s “cool” pasta and consider sharing my thoughts with my readers.

 Sure! But I have lists growing outa of the ears of my lists about places to eat, people to call, products to check out. So it’s been a little while since I first read the label on MagNoodles Smart Pasta and marveled.  Continue reading

Welcoming the Season with Creamed Corn

photo: Melinda Strauss

photo: Melinda Strauss

By Melinda Strauss

With the holiday of Shavuot fast approaching, I have dairy on the brain. I tend to lean towards meat dishes and non-dairy desserts but how could I say no to this opportunity to use heavy cream and my favorite cheese, spicy pepper jack?!? With spring in the air and my favorite fruits and vegetables coming out of hiding, corn seems like the perfect ingredient to highlight the season. Continue reading