Tuesday, July 14, 2020

One Bowl Summer Salad: Quinoa, Peaches & Minty Lime Dressing

One Bowl Summer Salad: Quinoa, Peaches & Minty Lime Dressing
There's nothing that sets my heart aflutter like local peaches piled high at my farmers' market in CT. Now that our market has cautiously re-opened for "day of" shopping (so carefully, masked up, all precautions taken in this crazy time of pandemic) I'm honing in on big salads that will serve as a one bowl ...


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Kubeh: Dumplings with History & Roasted Eggplant

Kubeh: Dumplings with History & Roasted Eggplant
Once upon a time there was a nice Jewish girl from Long Island who fell in love with the Iraqi-Israeli cooking of one of her ex-boyfriend's Mom. Specifically, she fell hard for kubeh, a Middle Eastern dumpling with sprawling roots throughout Iraq, Syria and Kurdistan. When this labor intensive comfort food...


Monday, September 25, 2017

Do- Ahead Grilled Corn & Avocado Salad

Do- Ahead Grilled Corn & Avocado Salad
Do- ahead, prep ahead, make in advance... these are the magic phrases when it comes to planning my break fast feast following Yom Kippur. If I have to do more than pull platters from the refrigerator or slip a casserole into the oven, I'm simply not up for it. Along with kugels and bread puddings, smoked f...


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Crisp Autumn Salad Loaded with Symbolism

Crisp Autumn Salad Loaded with Symbolism
I've been giving a lot of thought to how to incorporate as many seasonal vegetables and fruits as possible into my celebratory menus as I begin to cook for Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish new year. While brisket and chicken soup will always have a place at my table, I turn to my local farmers' market for inspira...


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Countdown to Strawberry Season with Balsamic Glazed Berry Salad

Countdown to Strawberry Season with Balsamic Glazed Berry Salad

It's hard to believe that strawberry season is only 4-6 weeks away but watch carefully or it may pass you by. The season is so short that we suggest putting your local pick-your-own berry farm on speed dial so you don't miss it.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Vegan Portobello Bacon Is a Crispy Meat-Free Alternative

Vegan Portobello Bacon Is a Crispy Meat-Free Alternative

Vegan portobello bacon does NOT taste like bacon.

I've been there(yes, it was a long time ago)and I can attest to the distinctions. Still, if you're looking for a way to beef up a Passover friendly quinoa salad, loaded with early spring veggies, you may want to consider this sweet and salty stand-in...



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Seasonal Snippet: Asian Pears & a Simple Salad of Contrasts

Seasonal Snippet: Asian Pears & a Simple Salad of Contrasts

Autumn is full of fun fruits we crave all year, from pomegranates and pumpkins to apples and figs. This fall, we've fallen hard for Asian Pears at our farmers' markets.

Often dubbed apple pears (only to add to the confusion…), Asian pears are the oldest cultivated pears known.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Winter Salad that Meets the Challenge

Winter Salad that Meets the Challenge

Winter salads can taste a little lackluster, we know. But colder months provide an opportunity to create pairings with dried fruits and nuts that sing differently but still shine in composed salads bursting with warm flavors and colors. 11364...



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Early Autumn Corn Salad with Jicama

Early Autumn Corn Salad with Jicama

It's that time of year when effortless cooking reigns supreme. Between back to school meetings and trying to adjust to the busier rhythms of Autumn, simple is what we need now. Just be sure to jump on this easy Corn Salad before those pyramids of golden ears disappear from your local market. 11598...



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Melting Pot that Informs Israeli Cuisine

The Melting Pot that Informs Israeli Cuisine

When hummus becomes a culture and freekeh is sold at Whole Foods, you know that the "New Israeli Food" has reached far and wide. Freekeh, a chewy, nutty grain, has roots as far back as the Old Testament and is often cooked in the Middle East.  It's not a coincidence that the 7 "species" mentioned in the H...