Finding Meaning in Winter Fruit Salad

photo: Jennifer Abadi

photo: Jennifer Abadi

Do you love to eat foods imbued with symbolism? With the Tu B’Shvat holiday approaching on the eve of February 3 we have an opportunity to pause and connect nature’s wondrous cycles with deeper meaning while enjoying tasty fruits and grains.

The holiday of Tu B’Shvat (15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat) is often called the birthday of the trees. Continue reading

Where to Find Local Greens in Winter

 

photo: Gotham Greens

photo: Gotham Greens

Contributed by Katy Morris

Did you know that there are farmers growing herbs, greens and veggies even in the coldest winter months? Thanks to some expert input from NYC’s Gotham Greens, who “see green fields where others see rooftops”, we’ve got the inside dirt on dirt-less growing so we can help you find a wide variety of fresh and local greens straight through the winter months.

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Winter Salad with Roasted Fruit & Veggies

photo: Liz Rueven

photo: Liz Rueven

This week we’re making winter salads a whole lot brighter by using locally grown hydroponic greens. Be sure to check in tomorrow to see why hydroponics are a healthy, local, sustainable solution for growing greens, vegetables and herbs in poor soil or inhospitable climates (Ya- We’re talking about YOU, winter!)

I bought a hydroponically grown Mesclun mix at my local farmers’ market in Westport, CT and was psyched to have crisp greens to play with in January. Continue reading

Easy Entertaining with Kale Phyllo Pie

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New Year’s eve is often a potluck affair with our gang. What are you whipping up for the celebration?

I turned to my good friend, Melissa Roberts, for suggestions. I wanted a savory and impressive dish to share with friends at brunch or supper alongside an elegant flute of bubbly. She suggested this delectable Kale Phyllo Pie;  I’m right on it.   Continue reading

Fried Green Tomatoes- A Nostalgic Solution

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A few weeks ago I had a first hand view of the late season harvest on a warm November afternoon with my local farmer, Patti Popp, at Sport Hill Farm in Easton, CT. We meandered through the fields and into one of her greenhouses to check out rows of unripe, green tomatoes clinging to their vines.

November’s weakened sun was not warm enough to ripen this bounty.  We needed to pick ‘em or let ‘em wither.  Continue reading

Whitefish Guacamole Spices Up Chanukah

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Contributed by Katy Morris

Need some help spicing up your Chanukah dinner celebrations? No problema!

Renowned Chef Julian Medina invites you to venture south of the border for the Festival of Lights this year. Actually, just south of Houston.

Once again, he has combined his Mexican heritage, present-day Jewish practice, and culinary erudition to create an enticing four-course Mexican Chanukah dinner at each of Toloaches and Yerba Buena for a non-traditional yet authentic holiday feast. Continue reading

Nomoo Cookie Give-Away- One for You & One for a Lucky Friend

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Freshly baked and dairy-free (parve) cookies, delivered directly to your doorstep? Yes, indeed!

Be sure to scroll down for the Nomoo Cookie Give-away. What a great gift for all you cookie monsters!

Nomoo Cookie Company is a new Pennsylvania based, certified kosher bakery that offers eight playfully named varieties of cookies. We taste tested them all and couldn’t find any that we didn’t love. No dairy, no preservatives, no need to leave the house. No joke. Continue reading

Sizzling Latke Variations for Chanukah

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Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hannuka, however you transliterate it,  it spells L-A-T-K-E  deliciousness for all eight nights of celebration.

Starting with the perfect traditional potato latke (pancake) and winding our way from savory to sweet, we’re providing a range of flavors and ingredients for you to sizzle at home as you celebrate. Continue reading

Warm up with Winter Cooking Classes

Photo: Home Cooking NYC

Photo: Home Cooking NYC

Contributed by Katy Morris

As December’s temps drop we head straight to the kitchen for some extra warmth and long afternoons exploring new ideas and re-visiting old favorites. Looking for inspiration? We love to amp up our game by learning from the experts.

In that spirit, here’s our annual end of the year kosher-friendly cooking class round up. We believe it will satisfy all of your culinary curiosities – at least until next year! Continue reading