Matzolah Granola for Passover? You Bet!

Photo: Foodman Matzolah

Photo: Foodman Matzolah

This Passover, you can have your granola and eat it too!

Gluten free, all natural, kosher granola, that is. We are thrilled that Foodman’s has expanded their kosher Matzolah line to include a tasty Cranberry-Orange Gluten Free variety just in time for what may be the most challenging Jewish holidays food-wise. This KOF-K certified and  dairy free (pareve) granola couldn’t have come at a better time. Continue reading

What’s Cooking at The Granola Bar?

The Granola Bar - the bubby

contributed by Katy Morris; photos by Liz Rueven

After their highly successful launch of O.A.T.S. Granola, Westport “mom-preneursDana Noorily and Julie Levitt have jointly opened an “enlightened” Westport eatery called The Granola Bar where you can pick up some of their famous granola, sip on some delicious coffee from Tobey’s Estate in Brooklyn, or nibble on simple, clean, whole foods.

 

Why do we like this place so much?  Continue reading

Favorite Local Veggie Burgers plus Easy Recipe

Black Bean Veggie Burger courtesy BareBurger

Black Bean Veggie Burger courtesy BareBurger

Contributed by Katy Morris

Some say that veggie burger is a laughable oxymoron, but the ones we’ve rounded up here certainly hold their own when it comes to the hearty and tasty All-American sandwich.

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Seasonal Snippet: Maple Syrup from Tap to Table

 

photo courtesy of Doc's Maple Syrup

photo courtesy of Doc’s Maple Syrup

By Katy Morris

Sweet, golden, pure natural maple syrup. Yum, what could be better? Here in New England, it is prime maple syrup season, and that means you get to dress your waffles, infuse your pound cake and glaze your potatoes with locally made, wholesome maple goodness during peak season here in the Northeast.   Continue reading

Hamantaschen High and Low (For You and the Kiddos)

adults and kids chillin' together

Lots of laughter, wild costumes, and of course, the re-telling of the Purim victory tale, are all part of the Purim celebration. The hamantaschen, triangular cookies filled with jam, are always a key component.

And while I’ve seen these favorite cookies in bakeries at other times of the year, nothing signals Purim more delightfully than the tradition of baking these sweet treats in your own kitchen. Continue reading

Hummus and Borscht Play Nicely at 12 Chairs

hummus falafel and pickles

Anyone who has swiped steaming freshly baked pita around a bowl of authentic and creamy hummus knows the real deal when they taste it.

The chickpeas are blended to a velvety smoothness with the help of tehina (sesame paste), seasoned simply with chopped or pureed garlic, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a dusting of paprika and parsley. Done!

Sounds so simple, but it can easily go awry. Continue reading

Flavor Your Cooking with Middle Eastern Spices

 

photo: Thomas Schauer

photo: Thomas Schauer

Katy Morris

With just a simple dash or a generous sprinkle, you can bring authentic Middle Eastern flavors to your cooking.

Inspired by lots of requests from our readers following our Balaboosta cookbook give-away, we decided to consult the experts on the most oft used Middle Eastern spices.

Here’s how some of our favorite Middle Eastern cooks and chefs recommend you use these spices to elicit authentic flavors in great tasting, Middle Eastern dishes. Continue reading

Earthly Delights at Dirt Candy

 

photo courtesy of Dirt Candy

photo courtesy of Dirt Candy

By Hannah Kaminsky

No larger than a modest walk-in closet, this unassuming storefront in the East Village, NYC, is lined not with clothing racks but compact tables, hungry customers flanking all available sides. You don’t eat at Dirt Candy for the ambiance, Continue reading