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Recipes from South of the Border

April 30, 2014, by

These slightly-different and fun appetizer and soup recipes below are my gifts to anyone wanting a festive Mexican feast.   CORN AND BLACK BEAN SALSA (pareve) 2 cans (15-1/4 ounces each) corn, drained 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained 8 Roma tomatoes, chopped 1 small red onion, chopped 3/4 cup minced

Paging Dr. Pepper

April 23, 2014, by

Every so often I decide that I want to be a vegetarian. Not a ‘give up anything that even remotely resembles meat’ kind of vegetarian but rather, an ‘eliminate meat for a while’ vegetarian. The feeling only lasts a day or two but it’s usually during that time frame when I discover some really great

Book Review: A Taste of Pesach

April 9, 2014, by

I have a somewhat distracted approach to cooking and baking–especially for chagim or other events “shehazman grama” – with severe time limitations. Put simply, I have an irresistible desire to patchke with the “want to’s” (those delectable desserts I love to make) rather than the “have to’s” (those dreaded but necessary main and side dishes).

Eggs for Pesach

April 8, 2014, by

I had the most interesting conversation with my neighbor’s 4 year old granddaughter. She explained to me that during the Seder at her Zayde’s house you find the afikomen then you eat chocolate because, according to the book her zayde got her all about the a crazy Seder in outer space, when the Jews left

Corn Bread

April 2, 2014, by

To celebrate what I hope will be the last little bit of snow this winter, I made a big ole pot of chili.  The only thing I like better than a big bowl of chili is a big bowl of chili with a side of corn bread. Corn bread is simply a quick bread (one

Sauces

March 27, 2014, by

When I was in cooking school those many many years ago I learned to value the power of the “sauce.” I was taught that there were five “mother” sauces. These five specific sauces were the basis of pretty much any and all sauce covered dishes in French cooking since cooking legend Auguste Escoffier simplified and

Fresh Herbs

March 27, 2014, by

Anytime I talk about spring and planting a garden my friends and family laugh hysterically, roll their eyes and pray for my poor plants whose fate is preordained. They know that no matter what I plant it will die. Guaranteed. I have a black thumb. That does not, of course, prevent me from trying, year

Pre-Pesach Cleaning Recipes

March 12, 2014, by

Right after Purim is the time of year when we make those momentous, wake-up-from-the-dead-of-winter, OMG-4-weeks-to-Pesach cleaning decisions. Truthfully, it’s not always about what to clean but rather what to keep and what to throw away. Nowhere is this dilemma more evident than when confronting the kitchen pantry. Save it, sell it or serve it before

Hammentashen

March 5, 2014, by

Jews around the world- prepare to get your celebration mode in gear, it’s time for Purim! Head to your nearest synagogue, crank up your gregers and get ready to drown out the name of Haman while cheering on Esther and Mordechai. As a prerequisite to any and all Purim celebrations (and seudahs), it’s time to

Salad

February 28, 2014, by

Salad is a big part of Pesach and I guess you could call me a lettuce peasant.  I like iceberg. I know- all you salad greens snobs are now rolling your eyes and thinking “seriously, this woman has a culinary degree and she likes iceberg lettuce?!” How 1950s. Well let me tell you, growing up